Chris Pavia Senior Dance Artist

Chris was the first of the current dancers to join Stopgap in 1997 as a Trainee.

Chris became a Stopgap apprentice in 1999 and completed a Foundation GNVQ in Performing Arts at Brooklands College, Weybridge. He became a full time dancer with the company in 2000. He has worked with choreographers Adam Benjamin, Betina Strickler, Hofesh Shechter, Thomas Mettler, Nathalie Pernette, Rob Tannion and Thomas Noone.

Chris has toured both nationally and internationally with Stopgap including Sweden Tour 2004 & 2007; Japan Tour 2009; UK National Tour Triple Bill 2005; UK National Tour Portfolio Collection 2008 – 2009; British Council Mixed Ability Dance Project Albania & Romania 2009; UK National Tour Trespass 2010 & 2011, European Street Arts Festivals Tour Tracking 2008 & 2012 and UK Cultural Olympiad outdoor tour SPUN Productions 2012.

As a choreographer Chris co-choreographed Chris et Lucy with Lucy Bennett and in 2008 was the first choreographer with a learning disability to be selected for Resolution! with Statues of Darkness. In 2010 Chris choreographed Shadowed Voices, a duet for Stopgap trainees, that has been performed at schools and conferences across the UK, as well as in Albania for the Albanian President in 2010. Chris choreographed Captured by the Dark for Resolution! 2013. Most recently he has choreographed The Awakening for Stopgap which toured to festivals and outdoor spaces across UK in summer 2014 and 2015. The Awakening made Chris the first learning disabled choreographer in UK to create work for national touring. 

Chris is proud to be chosen by Mencap as someone with Downs Syndrome achieving excellence in his career and is ambitious and eager to continue developing.

Chris has collaborated with Stopgap on Triple Bill, Double Booked, Portfolio Collection, Tracking, Trespass, SPUN Productions, Artificial Things and The Seafarers.