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Jesus Olmedo was born in Madrid. One of three children from a working class family, his precocious talent and innate love for Spanish dance led him to commence studies at the Madrid dance conservatoire when just eight years of age. When he was ten, Jesus was selected to perform in the iconic productionâ€™ Homenaje a Madrid,â€™ which ran for over three years. His love of flamenco grew when, aged 11, he met his idol of the time, Joaquin Cortes, and at thirteen, further inspired by the music of singer El Potito, he decided to study Flamenco dance with maestro Rafael de Cordoba. â€œFrom Rafael I learnt to love Flamencoâ€, says Jesus of his most influential teacher. A continual flow of professional engagements ensued, and when he was 15, Jesus performed in the award -winning film â€œEl Otro Barrioâ€ alongside some of Spainâ€™s best known actors. Television work and live performances continued alongside his studies, and at 18, â€œEl Chachoâ€, as he is known to his friends, graduates as a professional dancer by the Madrid Conservatoire. In the same year (2004) he joined the Flamenco company â€œJuanmaâ€ as principal male soloist, performing the premier â€œDe Raizâ€ with the Madrid Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro Real. Jesus was awarded, alongside other renowned artists for their outstanding contributions as young artists to Spanish Dance, in a 2005 ceremony at the Teatro Albeniz in the Spanish capital. From 2006 to 2008 Jesus toured Spain intensively with the group of guitarist Alejandro Torres, before moving to Ibiza and forming the group â€œQuerenciaâ€, which performed there to public and critical acclaim. In Ibiza Jesus also began his career as a dance teacher and found a new inspiration in sharing his knowledge and experience of flamenco. Jesus arrived in London during 2009 to embark on his stage career. He soon became one of the most popular flamenco dancers in London performing in venues like Ronnie Scottâ€™s Jazz Club or Royal Albert Hall â€“ consort. In 2013, Jesus was selected by the Riverdance Company to travel to Dublin amongst twenty top-skilled dancers from around the world. During the same year Jesus appeared in the worldâ€™s media for being the flamenco teacher of the celebrity Pippa Middleton, sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Jesus has participated as an actor and dancer in Bizetâ€™s Carmen performing at Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, also Appeared during the 2014 summer in more than 100 countries and territories in the flamenco inspired FIBA Basketball World Cup title sequence, produced by Radiant productions on behalf of FIBA. Currently, he is part of the Alec Dankworthâ€˜s project Spanish Accents.
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