Jamie Laing has Strictly advantage as he studied dance and performance at university

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JAMIE Laing has a big advantage on Strictly Come Dancing as he studied dance and performance at university.

The 30-year-old is best known for appearing on E4’s Made in Chelsea, and while the public could be forgiven for thinking Jamie might not be up to much on the dance floor, it seems the reality is going to be very different.

Jamie Laing has a big advantage on Strictly Come Dancing as he studied dance and performance at university
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Appearing on an episode of The Greatest Dancer podcast earlier this year, Jamie revealed to hosts Jordan Banjo and Mollie King he had studied contemporary dance for a whole year.

He said: “I went to Leeds university to study theatre and performance.

“When it came to finally enrolling in my course, people had already picked what they wanted to do and the only thing that was left was contemporary dance.

“So for the whole first year I had to do contemporary dance.”

Jamie is best known for appearing on Made in Chelsea
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As part of his course, Jamie had to perform a contemporary dance routine with his classmates, called Summertime.

He recalled: “As I was the only boy, I had to be the bulb in the flowers and all the girls were petals.

“All of my friends were sitting in the front row and they were all laughing at me and I thought ‘this sucks’, so my experience of dance has been skewed a bit by that.

“It was the worst thing in the world, I’d wake up every day and think ‘why have I done this’.”


Mollie, who took part in the 2017 series of Strictly, said his experience must mean he’s a good dancer, but Jamie insisted it didn’t.

He explained: “Contemporary dance you can do anything you want, I feel like if you’re given some ribbons and you roll about on the floor, everyone is going to be like ‘that is contemporary’.

“There is no technique to contemporary dance.”

Strictly introduced the option for couple’s to perform contemporary dance last year
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However Jamie doesn’t think there’s any skill involved in contemporary dance
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However, last year, Strictly introduced a couple’s choice category which included three new dance styles, one being contemporary.

So if the option returns this year, Jamie could have a head start on his fellow celebrities, who include former England goalkeeper David James and EastEnders actress Emma Barton.

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