George’s favorite dances:
- Slow Foxtrot For its incredible, smooth, classy music
- Rumba When I dance it with my lovely wife it’s magical
- Waltz There’s nothing like its majestic rise and fall
- Paso Doble The drama of a matador and his cape
- Viennese Waltz Danced well, truly the dance of kings
A little bit about George
A fitness buff and avid cyclist, George always had a good sense of balance and kept himself in excellent physical shape. But dancing didn’t interest him until he watched a televised ballroom dance competition in 2002. He decided to try competitive ballroom dancing. Then he was hooked.
George is certified as a teacher in both Latin and Standard genres by the Canadian DanceSport Federation and continues to upgrade his skills. He turned professional in 2014 and is available for private lessons and Pro/Am competition. He and Wendy teach numerous group classes each week in North and South Delta.
George is a marketing professional, providing branding, advertising and web design services to a variety of companies. George brings his artistic side into dancing, seeing the dance as a canvas. He’s especially passionate about musicality.
Why I love teaching dance
I believe that ballroom dancing is the quintessential “man” skill. Just like a guy should know how to drive a standard transmission car, he should know how to lead a lady on the dance floor. So I encourage men to take up partner dancing, and I love to coach and support them in learning to do it well. But at the same time, I’m tough on guys because they have a responsibility as leaders. I try to help them understand what that role is all about. When they take their job seriously, they turn into amazing dancers. Helping them develop the skills to be a great dance partner is awesome!
Dancing fulfills a need that most people are born with but that many suppress over time. Watch kids when music comes on and they just naturally start to move. In contrast, all that most adults are likely to move is a finger or maybe a little bobbing of the head. Guys especially suppress the dance urge, afraid that they’ll look stupid or that it’s too hard to learn. So when they’re willing to open themselves up to bring that element to life it gets me excited. I love helping them discover what they’re really capable of!