What is your most memorable wedding?
Debbie & Angela's Civil Partnership - 2 lovely crazy girls Rocking and Rolling!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Fun, patient, experienced, encouraging, creative
What about your business are you most proud of?
In 20 years of teaching, we have never had anyone that didn't manage to learn eventually - people take different times to learn to dance, but with enough practice and encouragement anyone can master it
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Plan your day for what you yourselves want, not for what other people want
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A 'Marryoke' - all the guests taking part in a video'd singalong & dancealong - fab!
Describe your typical process with a couple.
The first dance is usually the last official duty of a long, emotional and very tiring day, so my philosophy is to keep to something simple and elegant rather than going for all the tricks and not pulling it off. I usually give you a beginning, a fancy ending and a fairly flexible middle bit, so if you start a bit late or have a bit of a mental block during the dance, you can always get it back on track (a bit like the emergency stop in driving lessons - you hope you'll never need it, but good to have just in case!) You'll get a tailored step-set to suit your music, but we also spend little time on recovering from going slightly wrong so your guests won't ever know!
What is your No. 1 top tip for keeping a crowd entertained?
Plenty of humour and interaction, but without putting anyone down
Where is the most memorable place you have performed?
Giving a demonstration and Jive group lesson to the Morris Dancing Federation's AGM - quite surreal!
Have you had any interesting surprises at a wedding?
My usual issue is how to talk to other guests without letting on how I know the bride and groom - most couples don't tell anyone they've been having dance lessons - so I've got quite good at evasive answers and strategic withdrawals to other rooms!
What is your party trick?
That would be telling!!!