I am Dancing Derek (a.k.a Derek Long) and I set up in April 2005 as a freelance mobile Ballroom Dancing Tutor.
“Dance isn’t something that can be explained in words; it has to be danced.”
I have always liked to dance but never attended any type of formal training as a child, However, as an adult, while attending college during September 2000, I tried a class in Ballroom dancing and was immediately hooked. It felt great to dance and I was pretty good at it too! Little did I know it was the beginning of what would become my “dance career”! Soon dancing became a passion and an integral part of my life, leading to lots of practice and social dancing.
To date, I have trained in Ballroom, Latin American, Classical (Old Time) Dancing and have received numerous certifications in Ireland and the United Kingdom including
I also trained as a Zumba®Fitness Instructor through the Zumba Academy and am currently licensed to teach:
The Zumba Academy have aligned with the AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), ACE (American Council on Exercise), IDEA (the world’s largest association for fitness professionals), SCW Fitness Education, Can-Fit-Pro (International Trade Show and Conference in Canada), and many top national and international fitness facility chains and organisations.
I teach people of all ages, fitness and ability. My mission is to get people on the dance floor. My hope is that marriages will be enhanced and singles will make a multitude of new friends. Everybody with any kind of an ear for music can dance, it might just take a little practice – that’s my firm belief. I have adapted a way that brings unconfident people to dance for the first time in their lives because of my patient manner and ability to make dancing look easy.