Young Norfolk dancer to appear on Strictly Come Dancing
PUBLISHED: 14:35 23 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:35 23 November 2018
He was wowing Norfolk audiences with his dance skills before he had even turned 10, and now he’s set for a spin on the country’s most famous dance floor - that of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Fabian Jackson, who grew up in Aldborough and Cromer, will appear on the hit show this Sunday (November 25) alongside nine others from London-based Candoco Dance Company, where he is an apprentice.
Mr Jackson, 23, said he was thrilled to be part of Strictly, which will see the Candoco troupe perform a contemporary dance routine with 13 of the show’s professional dancers.
He said: “It’s fantastic. There are all sorts of new references to learn and reflect on later and add to everything I do in the future.
“Strictly is a huge platform which reaches a phenomenal amount of people who might not have been exposed to contemporary dance before. If even a few are intrigued by that and search further, it will be amazing.”
Mr Jackson attended Aldborough Primary School, Aylsham High School and then gained a scholarship to the prestigious Gordonstoun School in Scotland.
He then spent four years in Leeds training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where he gained a first class degree.
Mr Jackson joined Candoco, which is made up of disabled and non-disabled dancers, last year. It will become the first contemporary dance company to appear on Strictly, which has been running since 2004.
They will perform a piece choreographed by a former judge of the show, Arlene Phillips, which blends contemporary dance with ballroom and Latin, set to David Bowie’s Life on Mars.
Marlene Duniam, owner of Cromer’s Marlene’s School of Dance, said Mr Jackson was a student there between the ages of six and 16.
She said: “He did all the subjects: ballet, tap and modern. He just loved it. Most of all I remember him as being just a lovely boy.
“We’re all super excited and super proud about seeing him on Strictly on Sunday.”
Mrs Duniam said Mr Jackson said that although many of her former female pupils had gone to pursue careers in the performing arts, Mr Jackson was the first boy to do so since her school was established 30 years ago.
She said: “It’s marvellous when people from this part of the world go onto do great things, and you never know, it might encourage more boys.”
Mr Jackson will appear on Strictly’s next results show, which airs on BBC One on Sunday from 7.20pm.