Kenny Solomons dances his way from Southend to the States

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

EAT YOUR heart out, Pa­trick Swayze. There is a new danc­ing heart­throb in town, and he is hav­ing the time of his life.

Twenty-one-year-old Kenny Solomons is cur­rently star­ring in Liv­ing TV’s weekly dance re­al­ity show Dirty Danc­ing: The Time of Your Life. The 10-week pro­gramme fol­lows 16 dancers as they per­form in the Moun­tain Lake Re­sort, Vir­ginia, where the cult clas­sic Dirty Danc­ing was filmed. Each week, the cou­ples strive to avoid evic­tion by the judges: television and theatre star Jen­nifer El­li­son, chore­og­ra­pher Sean Cheesman, and chore­ograper-cum-ac­tress Mi­randa Gar­ri­son. The tri­umphant duo wins a year-long con­tract with top Los An­ge­les-based dance agency Bloc.

Mr Solomons tells Peo­ple: “Do­ing the show is re­ally fun and dif­fer­ent to any­thing I have done be­fore. It is tak­ing things in a new di­rec­tion for me.”

A for­mer pupil of the Thorpe Hall School in Southend-on-Sea, Mr Solomons — who was one of sev­eral hun­dred hope­fuls se­lected to com­pete in the pro­gramme — works for modelling agency Oxy­gen Model Man­age­ment in Cen­tral Lon­don, and has re­cently fin­ished film­ing television com­mer­cials for Terry’s Choco­late Orange and Sains­bury’s.

He has also danced in Bol­ly­wood films and per­forms, to­gether with his two sis­ters Natalie and Ami Solomons, at Jewish Care homes across the coun­try.

He says: “I would do any­thing and ev­ery­thing just to have the ex­pe­ri­ence. I am up for it all, and would never say no to some­thing if asked.” Any re­quests? Dirty Danc­ing: The Time of Your Life can be seen on Wed­nes­days at 9pm on Liv­ing TV

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