Lowestoft: Jordan's one to watch

MOVE over Arlene Phillips - there's a new kid in town!Lowestoft man Jordan Ayers may only be 22 but he's already packed tonnes into his formative years.

MOVE over Arlene Phillips - there's a new kid in town!

Lowestoft man Jordan Ayers may only be 22 but he's already packed tonnes into his formative years.

And he's now planning to following in the footsteps of the Strictly Come Dancing judge by taking his skills in choreography to the West End.

Arlene may have been responsible for hits such as Starlight Express and Cats, but Jordan is proceeding in exactly the right direction by choreographing several Lowestoft Players productions, as well as a charity fashion show at the Arena Atlantis in Great Yarmouth and theatre performances for his own dance company.

One to Watch for 2009, Jordan began making his mark at the tender age of seven when he joined June Glennie's School of Dance, taking lessons in ballet, tap and modern.

But it's in recent years that he's found his niche with hip-hop and contemporary dance, which he teaches to around 25 members of Jordan Ayers Dance Company, based at the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft, as well as performing.

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He has his first taste of the bright lights of London at the age of 15 when he was cast in a production of Tess and the D'Urbervilles and is relocating there in the summer to try his luck with choreography on the big stage.

He said: 'From when I first started dancing with June Glennie and they gave me modern solos, I would forget the dance halfway through and make it up, I enjoying doing my own choreography, I think it was something I always wanted to do.'

So far Jordan has choreographed Lowestoft Players productions Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Jack and the Beanstalk and the King and I.

He said he owed a lot of his success to Deanne Dickson, one of the Players directors who encouraged him to set up his own dance school.

'She said she thought it would be a good time for me to branch out on my own and she gave me the kick to do it. I'm closing it down in July though as I'm moving to London with a friend to go for auditions for shows and see what I can get. I would like to ultimately become a choreographer there.

'I would say to others to just go for it. I love it so much and you have to love it to do it. I think you can only be as successful as yourself. I don't want to have to aspire to be anybody, I just want to be myself.'

Jordan's Ayers Dance Company is putting on Eclectic Generation at the Seagull Theatre in Morton Road, Pakefield between March 12 and 14.

For tickets call the Box Office on 01502 589726.