I started dancing and dance
lessons as a Country style dancer. In
1997, I discovered American style Ballroom and I found I enjoyed taking the
lessons and competing with my instructor.
In 2000 I became Top Sudent competing against people from studios across
Canada and the United States. In 2000 I also
became partners with another competitor, Cathie Penalagan, and we started
International style Ballroom dance lessons with former Ontario Champions. With hard work and long hours I successfully
competed with Cathie in both the American and International style dancing.
Cathie and I switched instructors
to work with a multi-time Canadian Champion and Judge and competed successfully
under his training in the English system.
We were fortunate to have been chosen by the past Australian 10 dance
Champion and World level judge to train with her and she continued our success
in competing under her tutelage.
Over the next 20 years and up to
today I have continued to train with National Champions (from various
countries), as well as World Champions where I have learned different styles of leading, floor craft technique, advanced variations,
movement, technique and musicality from both ladies and men in Latin and
Standard. The diversity in Nationality
and style of our teachers has given me a greater opportunity of learning a
variety of dancing and teaching styles.
Currently we train with Alex and Julia Chalkevitch in both Standard and
I have continuously taken lessons
since 1997 (through Skype during COVID) up to 3 to 4 hours a week and
successfully competed at the Provincial and National level for over 20
years. I am at the Championship Level in
Standard and Latin.
To stay current and gain a
greater depth of knowledge I have, over the years, taken and continue to take
hundreds of hours in lessons with top instructors and judges on advanced
teaching technique for both competitors and social dancers, focusing on the
English, Italian and Russian style,
I have tried to help local teachers
build their dancing skills and stay current to make them more successful in
their dance business.
I have trained both Standard and
Latin style couples to go on to be winners in their divisions in Ontario
Dancesport at the Provincial level.
With Cathie we have been invited
to and given numerous performances all across Southern Ontario.
I have been a member of the
London Ballroom Dance Club since 1999.