With over 30 years of international competitive experience, I am passionate about the skill, beauty, discipline and athletic artistry that competitive Ballroom and Latin American dancing can develop.
I provide a range of services including private coaching, group coaching and supervised practice sessions in collaboration with other leading DanceSport professionals that help individual dancers and couples with not only their bio-mechanical skills, styling and fitness but also guidance on how to explore deeper authenticity and dimensions within their performance making them more uniquely charismatic.
So, if you would like advice on how to get started in DanceSport or you would like some help in developing some aspects of your dancing or competitive partnership please get in touch.
“It takes an athlete to dance but an artist to be a dancer” (Shanna LaFleur)
For an extraordinary life full of blood, sweat, tears but also laughter, joy, music, dance, friends, travel, glitz and glamour…DanceSport is the way to go!
What is DanceSport?
DanceSport is the term used to refer to Ballroom and Latin Dancing that is danced in a competitive environment.
What are the benefits of DanceSport?
DanceSport is an incredibly demanding sport in many ways as it is both an art & a sport! However ,it is also a truly unique and rewarding artistic sport if done in a balanced and wise way. Dance training builds outstanding body co-ordination, agility, sensitivity, mental and physical fitness as well as overall well-being. The competition element builds discipline, focus, confidence, resilience and patience. But dance is also a way of expressing ourselves, even the sides of us that we cannot express in everyday life, which is incredibly therapeutic for the mind body and soul.
How do I find the right coach or teacher?
Finding the right coach or teacher is not easy, but it’s incredibly important! Also, it needs to be clear that not all teachers are coaches. By that I mean, a coach is more holistic and supportive in their approach whereas teachers just teach you how to dance and nothing more. My advice is those who have solid foundations in all aspects of dance and music but who can also compassionately and truthfully inspire and nurture out your unique expression within the restraints of the particular genre ie: Ballroom or Latin etc.
How old do you need to be to compete?
Some children start as young as 5 years old and I have seen 80 year olds still competing, so age is not a concern. I start teaching children from the age of 10.
Do I need a partner?
Normally yes, but there are more and more competitions now where they have sections you can dance with your teacher/coach. These are called a called Pro/Am or Teacher/Student sections depending on the competition. Please see my Pro/Am page for more information.
Is Ballroom Dancing an Olympic sport?
Ballroom dancing has not yet been included as an Olympic sport but it does have its own World Championship competitions so you can be chosen to represent your country at these and many other international events.