Barry Wood, Volunteer, November 2019:
"Like a lot of people, I watched 'Strictly
Come Dancing' the BBC TV entertainment reality dance show, and wondered just
what it was like to be able to dance those dances so well. In 2009, I joined
Dance Club 2000 and was trained by Angela Horton. I attended on my own and
found out quickly that I had an aptitude for dancing, and loved it right
from the start.
Whilst dancing at Dance Club 2000 I enquired
about taking my dancing to examination level, so with my own regular dance
partner, we trained and studied the disciplines for our Bronze medals,
firstly Ballroom and Latin with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Later I trained for my Silver medal at examination level in Latin American
with the International Dance Teachers Association. I passed all of my
examinations with a Highly Commended grade, which I am very proud of.
Over the last decade, some of highlights
through my dancing journey have included being selected as part of the
Strictly Come Dancing launch show in 2016! I rehearsed and met all of the
professional dancers and took part in the Salsa choreographed by the famous
Jason Gilkinson, who choreographed all of the 'Strictly' professional group
Further to that, I have been a personal guest
in audience of Anton Du Beke and have met him on many occasions. I have
enjoyed dancing on the beautiful sprung dance floor of the Tower Ballroom in
Blackpool, and danced at the Karen Hardy School of Dance in London.
Now I am back at Dance Club 2000 as a
Volunteer Dance Host assisting Angela in her dance classes, which for me is
great as I get to share with enthusiasm everything that I have learned from
the past years to the new dancers. I specialize in technique, to help
members polish their dancing skills.
Frame posture and precise footwork is
important, which is why Angela and I have become a great teaching team, as
there is nothing she can't teach you about the fundamental basics of Modern
Ballroom and Latin American Dancing!"
Carole, July 2018:
"I joined Dance Club 2000 4 years ago having spent some time looking for a club
which would provide the type of tuition I was seeking. I was keen to learn the
technical dance steps and routines but also wanted to have fun and enjoy social
interaction with other club members. I decided to try Dance Club 2000 and
I started with the Latin dances and then decided to try ballroom as well - and
have now learnt to do both. My favourite dances are Cha Cha, Quickstep and
Argentine tango - but I love it all!
Angela is an extremely good dance instructor and all dance club members are
friendly and good fun - I have made many new friends in the club. At the end of
each term Angela organises a dance night party with dance instruction, buffet
food, wine and prizes. It is always enjoyable and a good opportunity to meet,
and dance with, members of other classes.
So if you fancy trying dance come along and join us and give it a try - we堍
all friendly, have a few laughs and enjoy ourselves every week. It doesn͊matter if you have not danced before - you will soon pick it up and be able to
impress your friends with your ﶥs汵ot;
Polly and Indi, April 2016:
Just wanted to say thank you for all your help and teaching in perfecting our
waltzing skills and wedding dance! Everyone was so impressed on the day with our
surprise dancing skills!
We choose Norah Jones in the end for our wedding song as it is so romantic, it
reminded us of all those hours practicing with you in the lead up to the wedding
and fitted perfectly with our dancing routine routine!!
Thank you so much once again,
Polly and Indi"
Matt & Victoria, August 2015:
"Angela taught us a 2
minute dance routine to Billy Joel's 'Just the Way you Are' for the first
dance at our wedding. She was very helpful and explained the moves
clearly. We had our own ideas about how we wanted the dance to go and she
incorporated them into our routine. During the two lessons we had were a
lot of fun and the routine went down really well on the night. Thanks
Sarah & Nick, May 2012:
"Angela taught us a
slow foxtrot for our first dance on the 6th May 2012. She
choreographed it to Andy Williams楲sion of ࣡nഡke me eyes off you͊Learning the routine with Angela was great fun and on the day we really enjoyed
performing our routine in front of our wedding guests. We even incorporated a
back-drop for a bit of extra drama! Many of our guests commented on how much
they liked the routine and we are very pleased that we made the effort to do
something special for our first dance as husband and wife."
Jan & Chaz:
堨ave really enjoyed learning to dance
and dancing at Angela࣬asses and at social dances and evenings. We
particularly like Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa and Cha-Cha-Cha! One of us loves
the Quickstep too! Itࡠgreat excuse to dress up to the nines for a night out."