Born in Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in 1966, then moved to Norwich in 1970. Throughout my childhood I attended dance classes in Ballet, Tap & Modern and even belonged to the dancing schools troupe of majorettes. This was not my only taste of dancing, with my family we also attended English Folk Dancing classes, and I also occasionally accompanied my dad to Scottish dance classes. My parents even met through dancing, so you could say dancing is in my blood!
In 1996 along with my sister Alison we attended a class being run by our old dance teacher's daughter thinking it would be good to just meet up again, and ended up getting hooked. Not long after this I was persuaded to set up my own class, the first of which was held at the Dussindale Centre in Norwich, where I was already at that stage training my own majorette/baton twirling troupe. From there I went on to set up several other classes before being invited to teach at The Wild Stallion Dance Ranch in Norfolk, where I continued to teach at until leaving the county in January 2005.
I choreographed my first dance Senorita Margarita in 2000 to the Tim McGraw track of the same name, which although not a massive hit did get taught in several countries throughout the world and eventually go on to be published in the Up Country magazine. My first big hit came with Evergreen which was written to the Will Young version of the song of the same name, which went on to not only reach the Linedancer Magazine Top 20 but making it to No. 1, and then not only being a nomination in the Linedancer Magazine Crystal Boots Awards, but actually winning Australia's version of the Awards with International Dance Of The Year. I went on to have a few other hits, including Badda Boom! Badda Bang! which not only reached the Linedancer Magazine Charts but also went on to be an official competition dance for the UCWDC. I have also co-written dances with some other well known choreographers, I Don't Care (About Trouble) with Teresa & Vera, and Indigo Moon, New Dreams and Do You Really all being co-written with Robbie McGowan Hickie.
After a short break from teaching after my move to Shropshire, just over 3 years, I was persuaded to start a class up at a local village hall at Ditton Priors, where there had been several classes in the past but for various reasons had finished with members having to travel to other areas in search of classes. I am now living in the beautiful town of Ludlow with my partner Dave who has also been an instructor in the area for several years and we now jointly run 6 classes in the South Shropshire area in Onibury, Ditton Priors, Bridgnorth, Clee Hill and Ludlow, check out the details of our classes, we welcome new members all the while and run classes to suit all levels from absolute beginners up to experienced intermediate dancers. I still occasionally choreograph and teach at the odd weekend event or workshop but spend most of my time concentrating on our classes and trying to get new people to come along and give it a try, we can't believe how many people who do come along and try it say how much they have enjoyed it and don't know why they have never considered doing it in the past, so whether you are thinking about trying it or already an existing dancer if you are in the area please feel free to pop along to our classes anytime.