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Ballroom Dancer 1899
London, UK


Jake
Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Model, Actor.

Particulars:
Sex: Male
Born: 08/07/1984
Height: 184cm
Weight: 80kg
Hair: Light Brown
Eyes: Green
Skin: White tanned
Shoe: 10 UK

Bio:
I started dancing in South Africa at the tender age of 12 years old. What started out as a bit of social fun soon transformed into something that I became deeply passionate about and I quickly progressed through the national ranks. In 2004 I made the life changing decision to move abroad to London to further my dance education and gain competitive experience at the highest international level. After still being in London after 6 years I can honestly say that I have no regrets. I turned Professional in 2008 and have never looked back since. It has been a dream come true training with the world's top coaches and competing against the best dancers in the world. I have improved immensley in the process and now find myself a fully fledged young British Professional with the world at his feet! I currently compete in Professional Latin American representing England. Some of my best results include being placed 5th in 2008 and 2009 at the British Closed Championships, 2nd at the 2009 UK Closed Championship, 3rd at the BATD English Championships and becoming the All England Professional Latin American champion in 2008. During my time in England I have also been lucky enough to have danced in various feature films, TV shows, theatre productions and corporate events. In 2010 I completed my Licentiate Ballroom Professional qualification with the ISTD and Licentiate Latin American Professional qualification with the IDTA, receiving honours and highly commended. I was thrilled to be ask to participate as a Professional Dancer on Dancing with the Stars Turkey . It was a project I absolutely loved and was an amazing experience and exciting challenge for me. I now look forward to the next amazing chapter in my life and already successful dance career.

Career History:
2010 - 2011: Professional Dancer on Dancing with the Stars Turkey Season 1
2010: Achieved honours for IDTA Licentiate Latin American Exam and Highly Commended for ISTD Licentiate Ballroom exam.
2010: Teaching Salsa Group Classes and Workshops at the Hospital Club, Covent Garden.
2010: Professional Dancer for 'United Biscuits' corporate function.
2010: Latin American Demonstration and Teaching for 'Kleenex' Strictly Dance Event.
2010: Teaching 'Dirty Dancing' workshops for 'Theatre Workout'.
2009-2010: Teaching private and group classes at 'Club Semley Dance Academy' in South West London.
2009-2010: Teaching special needs children dance and 'African Dance Workshops' at Bensham Manor School.
2008-2010: Teaching private lessons at 'Expressions Dance Studios' in North London.
2008-2010: Teaching Ballroom and Latin American Group Classes at Strictly Dance Classes in Alton, Hampshire.
2008-2010: Teaching childrens dance classes at the Stockwell Community Centre for the 'Portuguese Club'.
2006-2010: Teaching and choreographing various wedding couples first dances.
2006-2010: Professional Dance Teacher and Professional Partner for 'Simply Dance Partners'.
2004-2010: Performed various shows throughout England and the UK as well as abroad.
2009: Latin American shows for 'Thompson Gold Hotels' in Mallorca, Spain.
2009: Latin American Demonstration for 'Selfridges Birmingham'.
2009: Professional Dancer for production at Catford Theatre.
2009:Professional Dancer for Strictly Dance event for Mercedes, Southampton.
2008-2009: Teaching Strictly Dance Fitness Group Classes at Kingston, Ealing Broadway and Chelsea Virgin Active Gyms, Cannons Gym Twickenham, as well as Lensbury Club, Teddington.
2008: Professional Dancer in 'Strictly Thomas Cook', held in Antalya, Turkey
2008: Professional Dancer and 1st Runner up on the popular Living TV Television Series 'Diet on the Dancefloor'.
2008: Professional Dancer in the Hollywood blockbuster film 'Me and Orson Welles'.
2007: Professional Dancer in the Hollywood blockbuster film 'Brideshead Revisited'.
2004-2006: Member of Team Denmark.
1996-2003: Aquired Ballroom and Latin American Exams and Medals from bronze through to gold, highly commended. Performed in many dance shows and arts festivals throughout South Africa

Dance honours and titles:
2010 - Honours, Licentiate Latin American (IDTA), Highly Commended Licentiate Ballroom (ISTD)
2009 - 5th place, British Closed Professional Latin American Championship
2009 - Quarter Final, Dutch Open Championship, Professional Latin American
2009 - Quarter Final, Imperial Championship, Professional Latin American
2009 - 7th place, London Open Championship, Professional Latin American
2009 - 5th place All England Championship, Professional Latin American
2009 - 13th place, German Open Championships, Rising Star Professional Latin American
2009-2nd place, United Kingdom Closed Championships, Professional Latin American
2009-Quarter Final, Crystal Palace Cup, Professional Latin American
2009-3rd place, BATD English Championships, Professional Latin American
2008-5th place, British Closed Professional Latin American Championship
2008-6th place, London Open Championship, Professional Latin American
2008-1st place, All England Championship, Professional Latin American
2007-6th place South African Amateur Latin American Championship
2006-6th place, British Closed Amateur Latin American Championship
1998-2004-KwaZulu Natal Champion, Gold Cup Champion, Prix d'Elegance Champion.

Training and education:
2004-2010 - Graham Oswick, Sammy Stopford, Barbara McColl, Alan and Hazel Fletcher, Richard Porter, Bryan Watson, Carmen Vincelj, June McMurdo, Lorraine Rohdin, Goran Nordin, Margaret Redmond, Karen Hardy, Lene James Mikkelsen.
2001-2003 - KZN Rhythm and Dance
2000-2001 - Matjie Dance Academy
1998-2000 - Mark Wilson Dance School
1996-1998 - Lets Dance Studios

About myself:
I am a positive, ambitious, hard working and very responsible person. My self belief, passion and enthusiasm are my strongest attributes. Being highly motivated and goal orientated, I definitely have a 'can do' attitude and am capable of achieving absolutely anything when I put my mind to it. I love nature, travelling, experiencing different cultures and am sports crazy. I dance to live and live to dance!





























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