Diane’s Dance History

I have always loved and been fascinated by dance and started learning to dance at seventeen when I joined a small dancing school in Sussex. I reached gold standard in Ballroom and Latin.

I then moved to a bigger school in Eastbourne and took the rest of my amateur medals there. Most of the amateur medals I have also taken as the man, which is obviously needed in a teaching capacity.

I have been a teaching assistant at both children’s and adult classes and qualified as a teacher twenty years ago when I was seven months pregnant! I have been teaching on and off ever since. Whilst still retaining a love of dance, being a foster mother and other things (known as life!) got in the way, but after coming back to dance with a vengeance twelve years ago, I’ve realised what I missed.

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has brought dance back into fashion again and many more people want to get involved. Dance is a way of forgetting your normal routine and concerns of the day and thinking about something else whilst having a good time and learning a new skill.

The legal bit:  I am qualified in both the UKA and IDTA associations, to fellowship level in Ballroom and  Latin in the UKA, and to Licentiate level in the IDTA.  I am also qualified to Licentiate level in Sequence, Salsa and Freestyle in the UKA. I am insured and have a CRB certificate.

Please make sure that whichever dance classes that you may attend, that the teachers are qualified and insured, as not all are!