I was trained in the UK, with some of the “legends” of the 40’s and 50’s, from Len Scrivener to Connie Grant and several in between. I took my dance Professional exams very early on after a brief competition career as an Amateur and I am a Fellow with the I.D.T.A. and the U.K.A in Ballroom and Latin, and, a former Examiner with the N.A.D.T.A.
I moved to the States in the late 50’s, and worked for both Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire chain schools, many times as the Dance Director, among other positions. I ventured into the studio owner realm, and owned several schools over the years. I also got involved in organising competitions from NYC to Florida and several other cities on both coasts. I was eventually invited to become an Examiner, with the North American Dance Teachers Association in all divisions. International Standard, Latin, American Smooth and American Rhythm.
My Latin “career ” was transformed, to the indigenous styles of the genre, where I was “schooled” primarily, by the Latino community where I chose to dance socially for many years. My current teaching style, in Latin, is geared towards the ” street” style, and attempting to preserve the foundational structures, of the origins, particularly with the ” Son ” and Casino styles. I taught Mambo for many years, and transitioned to salsa in the 80’s, but am willing to give classes if asked. I have but all abandoned International style Latin as I feel it has lost its “way.”
My teaching style is strongly based upon foundational apsects, and the musicality, within those parameters. I always introduce the various options, musically speaking, in the different genres,during my class and private work.
Apart from the social aspect of dance, I also train those, who wish to become professionally qualified.
I am available for Group, Private, Congress, Weddings and special events. My teaching costs are negotiable, and depend upon the occasion.