Welsh opera star has high hopes for ‘Danc­ing’

The Washington Times Daily - - Television -

Welsh opera star Kather­ine Jenk­ins may have a leg up on some of her “Danc­ing With the Stars” com­peti­tors: She’s al­ready used to high heels.

The mezzo-so­prano has been prac­tic­ing for the show in London with pro­fes­sional part­ner Mark Bal­las.

He said her pref­er­ence for stilet­tos is an ad­van­tage be­cause she is used to run­ning around in shoes that are higher than ball­room shoes.

Ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press, the two were to fly to the U.S. Mon­day to join the other com­peti­tors, who in­clude “Fam­ily Mat­ters” ac­tor Jaleel White, singer Gla­dys Knight and Na­tional Foot­ball League player Don­ald Driver.

Miss Jenk­ins and Mr. Bal­las deny ru­mors they are ro­man­ti­cally linked off the dance floor.

Miss Jenk­ins said: “We knew each other for just 12 hours, and in the press it is we are now dat­ing.”

The new sea­son of “Danc­ing With The Stars” starts Mon­day on ABC.

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