Bridget Harte (All Ireland Board of Ballroom Dancing Teachers) Where it all Began.
The Love of Dancing. Its a well known fact that you have got to love what you do
to be able to pass on the knowledge to others in an enjoyable and relaxed way. My
Love happened quite by accident in my secondary school during our lunch breaks.
Being a progressive Catholic School in London, and happy to let individuals develop
in an free and orderly fashion, we were given the School hall and for the sum of
2 penny’s towards the African missions, we would dance to the recent chart hits.
We eventually organized ourselves (actually mostly myself,) to bring in our own vinyl
records and we danced for the remainder of our lunch break. So what had started
out as the enjoyment of singing and dancing to the charts turned very quickly into
choreographing our own dance routines. This was to be the beginning of a life time
Experience. Its now over forty Years later and I’m still dancing & teaching. Travelling
over the years and Teaching Classes in Ireland, London and New Zealand. I have always
believed you have to go to the countries where dances originated and train with the
natives (if you get my drift). Anyway I headed off with a few others to Buenos Aires
to learn the Argentine Tango, Porto Rico in the Caribbean to Learn the Merengue,
Barcelona to learn the Bachata. Cuba to learn the Salsa. Brittany to the Learn (Le
Jive), Miami to learn the Swing. All this happened after I qualified with the All
Ireland Board of Ballroom Dancing Teachers, Affiliated to the IDTA. Dancing is like
any other skill in life, you must constantly keep updating, constantly creating more
opportunities for yourself to progress and improve. But most importantly you must
have fun doing it.
New Challenges. With fast changing times, mostly due to the Internet, we all browse
and look at what the rest of the world is doing. Strictly Come Dancing has been a
huge influence on the lives of many, and as a good consequence there are more and
more people enjoying how to learn to dance. This could be for the 1st Dance for a
Wedding, or simply to dance away the night at a social or party night. Another change
is, clubs and societies organizing Strictly Come Dancing Fund Raising Nights. In
the past 18 months, myself and my teachers had successfully completed 14 Finals and
have helped clubs in and around Limerick, Clare, Cork and Tipperary raise badly needed
funds to complete projects for their clubs and charities. Its all good news.
Learn to Dance Online. During the next 12 months I will be uploading videos demonstrations
and learning tutorials for those who want to learn the basic steps at home. It is
not always easy to get to a training centre. Plus you may not be living close to
Limerick, North Cork, West Limerick, Clare & Tipperary and these videos will come
in handy. If you return to the home page and follow the link to Training Videos you
will find the first 5 already waiting for you. Plus this year we are launching CHILDRENS
Strictly Come Dancing Classes, up and running at present is Adare and five other
areas coming on stream shortly. This hopefully will guarantee that we don’t end up
with a generation gap of youngster who can’t dance.