Ryan dances into TV spotlight

By Sara Bryce

Published on Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 09:27


Ryan dances into TV spotlight

Ryan Jenkins in action.

A DANCER from the Isle of Wight who is no stranger to TV screens has appeared on Sky's Got to Dance.

Ryan Jenkins, 30, from Cowes, a former pupil at Medina High and the Island’s Gillian Cartwright School of Dance, first appeared on television two years ago on the BBC’s reality dance show So You Think You Can Dance, before qualifying for an audition on the Sky One programme presented by Davina McCall.

Ryan said: "Me and my dance partner, Amber Laura Meyers, did a contemporary routine as I wanted to promote my choreography.

"When I was creating the piece it was all about pushing the boundaries and when we premiered it for the judges, we got three gold stars."

The reality programme’s judges — Kimberly Wyatt, from the girl band The Pussycat Dolls, Ashley Banjo, from street dance group Diversity, and Aston Merrygold, from boy band JLS — were impressed with Ryan and Amber’s routine and gave them some positive feedback.

Ashley Banjo said: "I love the choices you make in your dancing — really creative, love it."

Kimberly Wyatt said: "It was amazing choreography. You danced brilliantly. It was nice to see someone come on stage and innovate, really innovate, and with something so original and unique."

Ryan said: "We didn’t make it through to the live shows sadly but we’re really happy they have shown it on TV and that people can see my work."

Ryan’s career is as varied as his choreography and he has just been named president of the British Dance Arts Federation, has a musical called Fashion Victim opening in London, and has choreographed routines for the new Wink Bingo advert.

He said: "I need to come down to the Island soon and do some workshops with the kids and I need to come and see my dad, Viv."

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk


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