I was the resident DJ for the Sunday afternoon weekly tea dances at Café Society, just off Leicester Square for nearly two years from April 2000 to December 2001. This only ceased at the end of 2001 when the owner converted the venue to a theatre.
I have also DJ’d at the Camden Centre, Bourne Hall Epsom, Battersea Town Hall, Blackheath Halls and Swanley and have provided fortnightly Friday evening social ballroom & Latin dances at Bourne Hall, as the resident DJ. For 7 summers and sometimes twice a year, I hosted an annual dancing weekend at the Wessex Hotel in Bournemouth for a professional dancing teacher and her school, and this continued until the dance teacher gave up her school. I successfully ran an evening buffet dance at the Crofton Halls, Orpington for Bromley MyTime and have hosted my own Black Tie ‘Lunch and Dances’ at the Alexandra Suite, Swanley. My wife and I have hosted a dance weekend with Anton du Beke and Erin Boag in Wroxall, Solihull which required us to teach some basic dances to the beginners on the first night. We then went on to join in the daytime dance classes with Anton and Erin and we partnered some of the beginners who didn’t have partners.
For the last two years my wife and I have been training for the Associate Teaching Qualification with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) with Nicky Miles so we can add tuition to our portfolio. We both passed our Associate Exam in Modern Ballroom in March 2016 and are now training for the Associate Exam in Latin American. We have already given instruction in the more popular sequence dances, line and party dances for those without partners and currently teach at the Brentford Musical Museum.