by Michael Litke
by Michael Litke
Some dances to remember, some dances to forget. Some dances to get fit, some dances to get intimate. Some dances to be free, some dances to be social. Whatever your reason, just dance.
A fully ISTD qualified professional Ballroom and Latin instructor, Michael pairs his passion for Ballroom and Latin dance with solid professional experience. Since 2003 Michael has taught dance classes at London’s famous Pineapple Studios, inspiring hundreds of dance enthusiasts to follow their dreams, challenge their bodies and stimulate their minds through dance.
Michael teaches a range of classes and workshops. His teaching style is personal, professional and above all, fun! Michael works with each student to discover their ideal learning technique.
During his career, Michael has choreographed many TV projects and is one of the industry’s most sought after couples coach. Recent projects Michael has been involved in include: Choreographing and teaching Spencer Matthews and Lauren Hutton a Tango routine for ‘Made in Chelsea’ series 9, episode 7 Teaching and judging first wedding dance challenge at ITV’s ‘This Morning’ show Teaching Bonnie Langford to Waltz for ITV’s show ‘Dancing on Ice’ Choreographing a Waltz piece for ‘Peter and Alice’ by John Logan with Dame Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw, directed by Michael Grandage
Sergio is a Ballroom and Latin dance professional and teacher qualified at Licentiate Level with ISTD and associate with IDTA.
Originally from Portugal, Sergio began his dancing career at the age of 11 and soon fell in love with the many rhythms that Ballroom and Latin dancing have to offer. From that moment dancing became his first passion. He began his competitive career at the age of 15 and had great success winning many competitions in Portugal. He was 3 times Portuguese amateur champion and professional latin vice champion.
In 2008, shortly after graduating in Clinical Psychology in Lisbon, Sergio moved to London to further his career, as a competitor and full time dance teacher and in 2011 and 2012 he has become British Latin Same-Sex Championship.
With 20 years of teaching experience, Sergio teaches from social dancers and wedding couples to competitors, and coaches numerous people through medal qualifications and Pro-Am competitions. He prepares students for medalist exams and competitions achieving very high results. Sergio and his students won the best medium school award at the Killick Royale Pro-Am completion in 2016 achieving the highest results in that category.
Honor is an IDTA-endorsed Ballroom and Latin instructor with over twenty years’ experience. She has competed, choreographed and taught all over the UK, Europe and the United States.
As a professional choreographer Honor has helped countless numbers of couples prepare for their wedding dance. Whether you are an advanced dancer or a total beginner, Honor can help make your wedding dance a fun and memorable experience, from your first lesson to the moment you step onto the floor on your special day.
Previous dance credits include work for UK girlband FUNtastic!, music videos for DJ Pinkz, Danny Fontaine & Calvin Harris, and choreography for upcoming 2016 British motion picture ‘Dad’s Army.’
She spent six years teaching social dancing and choreographing for one of Ballroom and Latin schools in London, also competing internationally in ‘Pro-Am competitions’ with her colleagues and students, where she was a finalist in all her categories at the Killick Klassik USA 2012, and the Open WDC Championships in Paris 2012-2014. Honor was a featured professional on BBC’s ‘The People’s Strictly’ in 2014, and runner-up with her TV presenter celebrity partner on Manoto One Television’s Persian New Year ‘Strictly’ special.
Honor trains and choreographs with her professional partner, working variously on television and stage for corporate and commercial dance projects.
Tim is an ISTD-qualified professional Ballroom and Latin dance instructor. He has been dancing since he started University, after joining the Ballroom and Latin society and attending classes alongside his degree. He competed on the University circuit and open circuit competitions for a number of years before turning his eye to teaching and performing.
He has spent two summers working for Buck’s Rock Creative and Performing Arts Camp in Connecticut, USA where he created the first Ballroom and Latin programme for the camp, which included teaching classes, choreographing show dances, and giving performances.
Once settled back in the UK, Tim moved to Brighton and started teaching ballroom and latin workshops, choreographing show dances, and performing at corporate events.In 2012, Tim moved to London where I completed his Associate teaching qualifications with the ISTD in both Ballroom and Latin American dance.
Tim has won the European Same-Sex 10 Dance Champion title, and was placed second in the European Same-Sex Latin Championship at the Eurogames in Stockholm, 2015.
Kevin started learning to dance at the age of 9 and competed in Ballroom and Latin until he was 16.
At college he discovered a love of contemporary dance and went on to study contemporary, ballet and Jazz dance at the Coventry Centre for Performing Arts, and The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.
Kevin had a varied early performing career dancing and singing throughout the north east of England, in nightclubs, social clubs, and holiday camps with several bands and dance performance groups. He has also been in several TV shows and commercials including The bill, Gimme Gimme Gimme, and As time goes by.
In 2011, after a long break from dancing, Kevin rediscovered his love for Ballroom dancing and started taking classes again in London, just in time to audition for and then perform in the 2012 London Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.
When not teaching, Kevin is currently studying advance Ballroom and Latin, competing (most recently in Frankfurt and Helsinki), and sharing his love of social dancing all across London.
Kostas operates behind the scene. He is the all-seeing-eye, critical friend, sanity checker and shoulder to cry on, wrapped in executive director's discipline.
He keeps us all in check and packs our lunches. He solves problems and generally helps with making things happen. You might see him around. You might not.
by Michael Litke
by Michael Litke