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The South Wales Evening Post
August 31, 2012

It is one of the most respected dance companies on the planet. Places at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance are highly coveted, and this year the company accepted just 30 new students from all over the world.

And one of those whose dancing feet impressed instructors so much comes from the Swansea Valley. Christopher Wyn Jenkins, from Rhos, auditioned for the school back in February, and has now been told a place is his. The 18-year-old is now looking forward to three years of hard work and specialist training, which will begin next month.

He began dancing at the Maria Evans Academy of Dance, in Hafod, when he was aged just nine. And the school’s principal says that after a few years, it soon became apparent there was something special about his talent.

Maria Evans said: “It is very difficult to get into Rambert, and we are very proud of him. When he first came in he was like a lot of boys are, a little intimidated. But by the time he was 10 we could see that he had something. He is not frightened of trying things. If you set him a challenge he rises to it. But he is also very humble. He doesn’t see himself as any more special than anyone else.”

Only last year, the former YG Ystalyfera pupil attended the National All England Finals at the Peacock Theatre in London, where he won gold medal for his modern solo dance.

Maria added: “It is difficult to succeed in the arts, but Christopher has the passion. He has learned a good foundation with us, and we are thrilled he has this opportunity.”

Copyright © 2012 Northcliffe Media Limited

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