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Chris is a fitness instructor and personal trainer who only started dancing four years ago. He entered NZGT to show New Zealand that anyone can realise their dreams, no matter what their size, shape, gender or age.
South African born Chris is a true inspiration a self-confessed former fat, introverted child turned muscular Amazon!
By the time he turned 14 he weighed a hefty 129kg and was subjected to merciless, ongoing verbal and physical abuse at school.
"It was so bad I used to try and hide immediately the bell went at the end of the day so the bullies couldn't find me because, of course, I was too big and slow to run away from them," he says.
The bullying resulted in him developing clinical childhood depression, which he suffered from until his parents finally decided to uproot the family and move to New Zealand in 2002.
Still, it wasn't until he turned 20 that Chris felt strong enough to turn his life around. He read up about nutrition, devised a low fat eating plan for himself, joined his first gym and after a lot of hard work finally reached his goal weight.
To this day he remains immensely, and justifiably, proud of himself.
The one time junk food addict now works as a fitness instructor at Auckland University. He's also a part-time dance instructor, boasts a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Unitec after completing three years of contemporary dance training, is a qualified gymnastics coach AND a Karate and Kemp Gung-fu enthusiast!
After seeing the hit all-male revue 'Men in Tutus', ballet was the next style he tackled. "Watching men en pointe is the best thing ever!"
In 2010 he won a ballet scholarship and has since performed works for the likes of top NZ choreographers Neil Ieremia and Michael Parmenter.
Chris' other passion in life is as an oil painter so talented he has eight artworks on show at the prestigious James Wallace Arts Trust in Auckland.
He shares his very noisy home on Auckland's North Shore with a vast selection of birds.
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