Whatever your age, ability or preference, learning to dance is great physical and mental exercise and an excellent way to improve coordination, stamina and flexibility. Most importantly of all, it is great fun!
Michael & Jackie’s main aim is to bring pleasure and confidence to children, adults and the young at heart through the joy of social dance. As well as catering for medallists and advanced dancers, their new adult classes have the absolute beginner in mind where all aspects of dancing for social occasions are explained step by step in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. So whether you want to ‘strut your stuff’ in the nightclub or waltz across the dance floor, Michael & Jackie Dancentres have the expertise and experience to help fulfil your aspirations.
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Michael started dancing at the age of nine at a local junior ballroom class before joining the Eric Stonehouse School of Dance in Stockport. Former Junior Champion and member of the BBC’s original North West Come Dancing Team, Michael a Life Member of the IDTA began his teaching career in 1970. He qualified in all Branches with expert training from former I.D.T.A. Presidents Alex Brown & Eric Stonehouse. Over the years Michael has taught thousands of High Peak residents of all ages to dance, several of whom have gone on to qualify and run successful dancing schools of their own. He has also judged at the I.D.T.A. Congress Sequence Inventive Dance & Medallists of the Year Qualifying Competitions.
Jackie’s love of dance began when she was a child and as a junior competitor won many major championships. For several years, she made numerous television appearances representing the East Midlands on the BBC’s original “Come Dancing” series before qualifying as a professional with the International Dance Teachers’ Association. She began teaching ballroom, Latin American and sequence dancing in Nottingham when she was 18 and later, with husband Michael opened a very successful dance school in the Derbyshire High Peak. Over the years Jackie has added Salsa, Line Dancing, Dance Exercise and Zumba® to her repertoire. Her most memorable professional event was presented to Princess Diana following a display by a group of her pupils. Her favourite part of teaching is seeing how happy and proud both students and parents are as new dance skills are accomplished.