My name is Fabian Jackson and I will be turning 23 on the day we air on BBC One! I am originally from the east coast of England, but have recently moved to East London. I have joined the professional world directly through Candoco this August, after completing my training in Leeds at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Throughout my studies I developed passion not only for contemporary dance, but also for music and visual arts that is so vibrantly on offer in Leeds. I am currently a Candoco Dance Company apprentice through the Postgraduate Apprenticeship scheme at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
How has it been working with the Strictly Pro dancers? What have you learned?
The Strictly Pros are incredibly professional (but not at the expense of a sense of humour!) and working with them has informed my performative range as a dancer, adding another facet to my experience as a repertoire mover. And, this is ultimately what I hope to achieve this year with Candoco - a conscious versatility that I can apply to any project.
The possibility to meet fascinating people from all over the world, share movement vocabulary, and research, create or perform, is one of my favourite things about being a dancer. The more people I meet, the more artistic histories I can add to my own references, and broaden my understanding of dance. This is even more apparent if it is a group of people from another discipline, whose world shares a lot of similarities, but just as many differences.