I started dance training (ballet) when I was 8 years old attending weekly ballet classes in Kelvedon, Essex. I won a scholarship to Elmhurst Ballet School, at the age of 11.
Training at Elmhurst, meant that we had a full daily schedule of academic studies as well as dance, drama and theatre management. We were introduced to a huge number of different dance styles.
I always wanted to become a dance teacher and to open my own dance schools across the country offering numerous dance styles. After Elmhurst and before starting a dance teachers training course I opted to gain experience of the stage and live performance.
So I appeared in Panto, a touring version of the Black & White Minstrels, a revue in Spain (all sparkling bikinis, high heels and lighted chandelier head-dresses) and the Can Can in Germany.
A change in career ensued, when I married and had a child.
So I worked for big corporations and gained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with the Open University.
Shortly after gaining this qualification I was made redundant, so I decided to become my own boss. I joined the world of Wellbeing where, using Life Coaching, I supported people managing their weight, shape and health. This I did for 7 years, but it didn't really cut it for me ... something was missing.
Ater a two year period of dealing with a family situation, I spent a long weekend with my former Elmhurst Ballet School teacher and a peer. As I listened to them talking about their dance teaching experiences, I realised that my childhood dream was still there, but there was no way I could go back to dance teacher training (after all I was in my 50s) so I hunted around for ways in which I could teach dance based on my own years of training and experience. This was how FunDancing was born.
I love instructing my brilliant class members - we have so much fun and it is so wonderful to see people who believe that they can't dance because; they don't have a partner, they have two left feet & no sense of rhythm, or for whatever other reason, find that they are able to learn the basic steps and join in the routines and enjoy it too.
PS: I keep up-to-date with style and technique by attending the Lait Dance Club in Ipswich, where I am encouraged to take ISTD Ballroom and Latin American exams and enter competitions!