About Us

I started dancing at the age of 6 because my parents danced on Sunday evenings. This meant me attending the local Dance studio, in those days on my own, every Saturday afternoon.

I took my first exam at the age of 7 and continued taking junior exams until I was 10, achieving gold medals in both Ballroom and Latin dancing. I then gave up dancing and stared Athletics, as this was more acceptable in Secondary school!

I returned to dancing at the age of 20 at the encouragement of my then girlfriend.

I have continued dancing ever since retaking my medallist exams as an adult. This developed in the early 90's into me being asked to partner in classes to assist the teachers within the school. This then led to me being asked if I wanted to take teaching exams. 

I am now qualified to Liecenciate level as a dancing teacher with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA). I have previously taught at the Dance Centre (formally known as the Burton Dance Centre) and am now teaching independantly.

During my dancing career my interests have also included other partner dances such as Modern Jive and Salsa, which I began dancing in 1995, and Argentine Tango since 2001. These dances are grouped together and known as “alternative rhythms” by the IDTA as they are noticeably different to International standard Ballroom and Latin dances.

During 2013 we were asked by the Florence Nightingale Hospice to teach a group of 12 couples to dance Tango and Cha Cha routines in front of a sell out crowd at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury. The group were judged by a panel including Craig Revel Horwood and Scott Cole. Teaching this large group from scratch in 6 weeks was certainly a challenge but very enjoyable.

Over Christmas 2013 we taught a number of Sequence dances on Cunards cruise ship Queen Elizabeth at the request of the entertainments team. However we did find that teaching with a sea swell was not for us so we only taught in ports!

My teaching now covers Ballroom ( Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Sequence Dance), Latin (Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive and Samba), alternative rhythms or Club dance (Salsa, Merengue, Modern Jive, Argentine Tango).

Guide to experience levels needed to enjoy these classes

Level 1 beginners – Complete beginners with little or no knowledge of dancing please see below.

Level 2 improvers  – People with more than 4 months experience of Ballroom and Latin dancing

Level 3 -People with more than a years worth of experience of Ballroom and Latin dancing with experience of at least 8 of the 10 standard dances.

Joining level 1 beginners classes

Initially these classes are designed for couples with little or no experience of partner dancing. We teach 10 or so dances during the course and the knowledge of dance builds over time. At around 3 to 4 weeks after the course begins it becomes a very difficult task to join in and catch up with the rest of the class.

If you have some previous experience of Ballroom and Latin dance then it may well be possible for you to join a class after this point. If you have no experience of dance then we can offer Private tuition to fast track your learning to allow you to join the class at a later date. Typically you would learn dances at about double the rate that you would in a social class environment.

If however you would like to join a beginners class from the start you could e mail us and let us know this.We can let you when the next class will begin. Typically we run 3 new classes per year at different venues, days and times.

 

 

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