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Young Norfolk dancer to appear on Strictly Come Dancing

PUBLISHED: 14:35 23 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:35 23 November 2018

Fabian Jackson, from north Norfolk, who will appear on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.  Picture: CAMILLA GREENWELL/CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY

Fabian Jackson, from north Norfolk, who will appear on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. Picture: CAMILLA GREENWELL/CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY

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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.

Performers from contemporary dance school Candoco Dance Company rehersing for a performance on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. Among them is Fabian Jackson, lying down in the grey top, from north Norfolk. Picture: CAMILLA GREENWELL/CANDOCO DANCE COMPANYPerformers from contemporary dance school Candoco Dance Company rehersing for a performance on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. Among them is Fabian Jackson, lying down in the grey top, from north Norfolk. Picture: CAMILLA GREENWELL/CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY

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.”

Fabian Jackson in 2005, then aged nine, learning ballet skills at Cromer's Marlene's School of Dance.  Photo: Bill DarnellFabian Jackson in 2005, then aged nine, learning ballet skills at Cromer's Marlene's School of Dance. Photo: Bill Darnell

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.

Fabian Jackson, from north Norfolk, who will appear on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.  Picture: CAMILLA GREENWELL/CANDOCO DANCE COMPANYFabian Jackson, from north Norfolk, who will appear on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. Picture: CAMILLA GREENWELL/CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY

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.

Fabian Jackson, second from left, with other dancers from Cromer's Marlene's School of Dance with Andy Young, a former Cromer Pier Show dancer, in 2008. Picture: COLIN FINCHFabian Jackson, second from left, with other dancers from Cromer's Marlene's School of Dance with Andy Young, a former Cromer Pier Show dancer, in 2008. Picture: COLIN FINCH

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.

Fabian Jackson in 2012, after getting his GCSE results at Aylsham High School, then aged 16. Picture: ANTONY KELLYFabian Jackson in 2012, after getting his GCSE results at Aylsham High School, then aged 16. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Fabian Jackson in 2005, then aged nine, learning ballet skills at Cromer's Marlene's School of Dance, with fellow dancers Laura Russell, left, and Laura Smith.  Photo: Bill DarnellFabian Jackson in 2005, then aged nine, learning ballet skills at Cromer's Marlene's School of Dance, with fellow dancers Laura Russell, left, and Laura Smith. Photo: Bill Darnell

Fabian Jackson in 2012, attending the Aylsham High Schoo prom. Picture: Alex HurrellFabian Jackson in 2012, attending the Aylsham High Schoo prom. Picture: Alex Hurrell

Performers from contemporary dance school Candoco Dance Company rehersing for a performance on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. Among them is Fabian Jackson, from north Norfolk. Picture: CAMILLA GREENWELL/CANDOCO DANCE COMPANYPerformers from contemporary dance school Candoco Dance Company rehersing for a performance on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. Among them is Fabian Jackson, from north Norfolk. Picture: CAMILLA GREENWELL/CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY

The Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy LevyThe Strictly Come Dancing contestants and professional dancers - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

Craig Revel Horwood, Dame Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy LevyCraig Revel Horwood, Dame Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli - (C) BBC - Photographer: Guy Levy

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