My life has been one long, fabulous adventure, and one of the most exciting stops along the way was the discovery of my one true passion… Teaching Ballroom and Latin Dance. There are a number of very good teachers in this area, and choosing the correct teacher for you comes down to personality. Below is a little bit of personal history, a window into Who I am, What I do, and Why I do it!
Born in England and raised in Texas, I went through many a career choice before discovering dance. Originally an actor, and then an ESL instructor, I began my life with Ballroom and Latin Dance in 2006. One bright morning in June, I walked into a top end dance studio and was offered a job on the spot. The next two years were a whirlwind of fabulous dance training, brilliant students, great dance parties, events and practice, practice, practice! being a natural nomad, when it finally came time for me to leave I realized that not only had I fallen in love with Ballroom and Latin Dance, but I had also found my passion, my calling and my future!
My travels took me next to Kenya and there saw me managing a bar, singing Jazz and Blues in a band, directing two different productions and competing in and winning the Kenyan National Salsa Championships! After winning the Title, my partner and I then went on to represent Kenya in the IDO World Salsa Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. It was a fantastic year, and throughout it all…..my first and my last job….. I taught Ballroom and Latin Dance.
All of this is the Who and the What, now we get to the most important part… the Why. Why do I do teach dance, why would you want to be a part of it, why is dance magic?
I do this because dance holds my heart and my soul captive. Although there are many other things I enjoy, dance, and the teaching of dance, is the only one that I truly cannot do without. I love to touch people’s lives, to bring them together, to introduce them to the emotions of dance. To the glory of your first dance, to the impish delight and flirtations of the Latin dance variations, to the frozen heartbeat before a dance performance and the flood of relief and pride after… Dance allows me this. It allows me to change the path of people’s lives.