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Biographies Together

Richard and Teresa first met through dance and soon became romantically involved before eventually becoming dance partners. Only ever dancing together as a professional couple, they made the decision to dance together in 2003 and have competed extensively throughout the UK and Europe. This culminated in winning the All England Rising Star Championship in 2006. Since retiring from competition they were able to develop their dancing in new areas and it was given a new lease of life through their Cabaret and Show work.

Adapting their dance style to rhythms outside of ballroom dancing they were able to build a full length cabaret, which involved stage dancing and other partner dances such as the Argentine Tango and the Cuban Mambo. The exciting show dances are effortlessly linked with dramatic costume changes and Richard’s unique interaction with the audience.

Having cemented their partnership in February 2008 by getting married aboard the R.S. Hispaniola on the Thames things are only set to get better.

Richard’s Biography

Originally from Salisbury, Richard began dancing at an early age with classes in Modern and Tap, although initially excelling in those disciplines other hobbies as a child began to take over and it was not until many years later that dance would come back into his life.

Inheriting his parent’s natural ability for partner dancing Richard decided to take a beginners Ballroom and Latin class at University under the instruction of Roy and Julie Hargrave. With their expert tuition and guidance, the first few lessons were an instant success and he began to find a natural talent for partner dancing especially in the Latin rhythms. Paired up with a partner within the first month they soon progressed through the levels and began competing immediately with great success. Taking responsibility for running the Dance sport society, which had over 500 members Richard organised and ran many events whilst at University.

During University and dancing, less than six months Richard entered a local competition and while there watched a Latin demonstration by Professionals David Sycamore and Denise Weavers and decided then that this was his destiny. Completing an honours degree in Biological sciences at Exeter University, Richard moved to South London to find work and pursue a career in dance.

While training as a professional dancer with Teresa, Richard completed a higher degree in Biomedical Science to work as a qualified Biomedical Scientist in the field of Medical Virology. Through this field, he completed many research projects that were presented at many national conferences, further expanding skills of presentation and public speaking.

Richard has also run a successful entertainment and event organising company which he began with a mobile disco business at the age of 17.

Teresa’s Biography

Teresa began dancing at the age of seven at Jimmy Smalls Dance Centre where she studied for her IDTA Ballroom and Latin medals. Taken along one Saturday morning with a friend she never looked back although her friend soon gave up. A gymnast at school Teresa represented her school several times in competition.

After completing all her medals Teresa began to take lessons from David Griffin, former UK Open Amateur champion and began competing with her first partner as an amateur at the age of 18. Turning professional only 3 years later at the age of 21, they began to climb the international rankings. Initially working at Nat West Bank Piccadilly, she left there at the age of 22 to work on the QEII and the SS. Norway with her partner as cabaret and dance teachers.

Leaving the cruise ship after four years Teresa successfully ran her own costume business making both men and ladies dancing costumes. Over the years as a Qualified Teacher and International adjudicator with the IDTA she has taught dancing in a variety of settings from adult education classes, private schools, and private lessons in many forms not just in Ballroom and Latin but other styles such as Rock and Roll, Line dancing Salsa and Argentine Tango.

Having studied dancing with some of the best teachers in the world including legends like Nina Hunt, Geoffrey Clapham, Bob Burgess, Doreen Freeman, Johan & Nadia Eftedal and June McMurdo, she currently studies with Mark Parkin.

Other opportunities with her previous partner have included modelling in a dance instruction book and several television appearances, one of which was dancing on the Channel 4 show, ‘The Good Sex Guide’.

As well as an experienced dance teacher, Teresa also works as an events coordinator for a floating A la Carte restaurant, conference and function ship on the Thames.