In the entertainment sector, for one to achieve the impossible, one must think the absurd, look where everyone has looked, but see what no else has seen. This is a move which Christina Jenkins took many years ago, when she made a decision to become a professional dancer.
Jenkins’ passion for dancing and singing started at a tender age of four, after watching a great Comedian, Allan Stewart on the 1995 Royal Variety Performance. It was then that she knew, she wanted to become a professional dancer.
“I started dancing with Mrs. June Cloete in 1994 in Harare, Zimbabwe with the basic levels of ballet, tap and modern, and singing with Mrs. Margot Dennis at the tender age of 6. Since I started my singing and dancing, I have excelled in many exams over the past years and have completed all levels in both singing and dancing,” says the 2017 National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA’s) winner for the Outstanding Female Dancer, adding that, “My Mom insisted I start teaching dance, and so I started my classes in the early months of 2006. I have since obtained my teachers in both Modern Dance and Tap Dance.”
In January 2009, she went to the United Kingdom to pursue a career in Dance and Song and whilst there she auditioned at three very well-known Colleges: Laine Theatre Arts (LTA), Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA) and London Studio Centre (LSC).
“I was fortunate enough to be offered a place at Northern Ballet Centre (NBC) just on my Curriculum Vitae and was blessed to be accepted into all Four Colleges. After much deliberation, I decided to enroll at Laine Theatre Arts, where I felt my career would be boosted more. I then graduated from Laines in July 2012 with my Laine Theatre Arts Diploma and National Trinity Diploma (NVQL6),” she adds.
Since then, Jenkins has been performing at local restaurants in Harare, Johannesburg and Cape Town. She has played main roles in a few musicals at their local Theatre, Reps Theatre.
Jenkins is amongst the dancers who will be performing at this year’s prestigious Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA) event which will run under the theme, Next Level.