Steven, along with Andrew Hall, founded this network of dance teachers to better the awareness of as many styles of dance as possible, and to help secure the future and continued success of dance within East Kent.
"Steven is a patient and enthusiastic teacher; his obvious passion for dancing is infectious and easily transmits to his students. He makes dancing fun and I would highly recommend him to anybody wanting to learn" Matt Hatchard, Assistant Producer, Betty TV Ltd.
1994 - 1998. Steven’s initial focus was on Disco Freestyle, Rock n Roll and Street Dance but soon he began to start enjoying Ballroom, Latin American and Old Time. In medal exams, he achieved the highest possible marks and soon became a regular finalist, often achieving first place in medallist competitions.
From 1999 – 2010 Steven focused on the national and international Ballroom and Latin American competition scene. Within the first year he had won six championship titles in England. He trained between England, Estonia and New York with teachers that were former world Ballroom and Latin American Champions. During this time, he won The All England Open Ballroom Amateur Champion Title, taught at both Super Stars and Universal in New York and towards the end of this period he decided to focus on teaching and other passions. He soon developed a very loyal private tuition clientele and continues still to teach many of his original students.
2011 – 2018. Steven opened his own dance school, ‘Dance4Fun’, in Margate, Kent, and as it subsequently grew into a thriving and successful institute, extended this to The Coastal Dance School, encompassing other coastal towns and the city of Canterbury. He also launched various non-dance related companies which to date continue to grow from strength to strength. It was during this period that Steven started teaching the Ballroom Society at Kent University. During this time, Steven launched ‘Ballroom Blast’, a Ballroom and Latin American social dance events company, and the East Kent Dance Class Network.
Andrew co-founded this network of dance teachers with Steven Ford to better the awareness of as many styles of dance as possible, and to help secure the future and continued success of dance within East Kent.
Andrew has over 20 years’ experience teaching Jive and other Swing dances. He often organises workshops and classes in various Swing and Vintage dances in and around the Canterbury area.
Being a disk jockey was at first an interest, however as of 2008 he turned professional. As DJ Reverend Boogie he has played at various vintage and retro events for about 20 years, specialising in music from the 1930s to the early 1960s, and dance music including Big Band Swing, Western Swing, Hillbilly, Jump Jive, Early Rhythm'n'Blues, Rock'n'Roll, Rockabilly, Doo Wop and Lounge.
He is also resident DJ at Hula Boogie, the multi award winning vintage night club at the South London Pacific, 340 Kennington Road, Oval, London, SE11 4LD, whose accolades include the London Vintage Awards (Best Vintage Club Night 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011) and Easyjet Readers’ Award For Best Club Night 2009.
Christine and Adrian have been dancing Argentine tango together for more than a decade. Westcourt Tango was born from a desire to share their love of the dance with others, and to increase its popularity within the local area. It is their belief that tango is a dance for everyone to enjoy, and consequently all are welcome to join in with Westcourt Tango events, whether they are beginners, improvers, or more experienced tango dancers. Regardless of where you usually dance or take classes, you are welcome at Westcourt Tango.
The First Introduction to Argentine Tango: Christine is an IDTA (International Dance Teachers' Association) qualified dance teacher and member of the association. She was first introduced to Argentine tango at a festival of world dance arranged by local dance teacher and examiner Rachel Wadey FISTD. The week-long festival, held in Broadstairs, Kent, included many different dances including Flamenco and Indian Kathak dancing, as well as Argentine Tango.
Christine and Adrian began by taking classes with visiting maestros coming to London from Argentina where the dance originated. “That was when our tango really began to take off," says Christine. "We began to make real progress with the dance."
Training: Over the years, Christine and Adrian have studied and danced tango with many of the world's best known Argentine tango teachers and dancers, receiving instruction in the UK, Europe, and of course in Argentina.
Something has been gained from each and every teacher, and it would be impossible to mention all the names of those that have influenced, and continue to influence, their dance. However, there are always one or two people that stand out as being very special. For Christine and Adrian those that fall into this category would be Cesar Velasquez, a gifted Columbian dancer, teacher, and choreographer; and Natacha Poberaj, dancer with Miguel Angel Zotto's Tango x2 dance company, and winner, with partner Fabian Peralta, of the 2006 World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires.
Christine and Adrian are enthusiastic tango dancers, they continue to study and improve their dance, and love to pass on their enthusiasm to those they teach. It is their great pleasure to encourage others to begin their own very special tango journey.