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The soldier with a secret talent - ballet

Wednesday 10:50 GMT

Twenty-two-year-old Alex Smith is a serving soldier in the British Army who nearly went into a very different profession - ballet.

As a trained soldier, Alex has first-hand experience of what life is really like in the British Army - and yet he is also a trained dancer, having studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary dance. Alex is appearing in a contemporary dance production called 5 Soldiers, a work created by choreographer Rosie Kay about all aspects of military life - the rigorous training, the friendships and the stress of going into conflict.

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