Meet the Team



 

 

Tracie Gooch UKA Qualified 


My Mum loved dancing and regularly went waltzing and jitterbugging in the war. So when I was 3, my Mum took me to ballet classes, then at 8 introduced me to my formal dance training in Ballroom and Latin dancing, where I stayed to complete all my medals as well as competing all around the country. Without a male dance partner, I couldn't compete seriously, so I took a break for 11 years, and returned to assist in teaching both children and adults until I moved to Southampton in 1994.

I love all types of dancing, from Aerobacise to Zumba, and just before I moved down to Southampton from Hertfordshire, my aerobics instructor took me to my first Salsa club in London in 1993 with Elder Sanchez (one of the first Salsa teachers in the UK) ..... and then my passion for dancing took on a new level and I have never looked back!

Having moved to find a very limited Salsa scene in Southampton, I decided to teach Salsa on a Wednesday night to complement the existing club night run by Steve & Kathryn Tracey. Mish and I began teaching every Wednesday, in May 1996, at Bannisters Ballroom, Hulse Road (now a block of flats). Little did I know that my hobby would change my life and culminate in a buzzing friendly Salsa scene in Hampshire.

My personal wish is for children and adults to learn to dance (any style) and to experience the many benefits - as, in my opinion, if everyone danced, the world would be a much better place.

So try Salsa, Ballroom or Argentine Tango with us in Southampton & learn in a fun and friendly environment at Tracie's Latin Club - and I'm not biased at all !!

 

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Amy Large


I started dancing salsa in 2009 to give me something fun to do after work – mild mannered mathematician by day, dancing fiend by night! What started as one night a week rapidly spread to two, and then a few more….

As well as salsa I also dance ballroom and latin and have a great love of kizomba! So if you fancy a sneaky cha cha cha, samba, kizomba, salsa, rueda…..you get the picture… come and find me!

Dancing is great fun, very addictive and good for you. Plus you get the chance to make some really great new friends. So what are you waiting for?
Come and give it a whirl!

Looking forward to seeing you on the dance floor soon.

 

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Bonita Drake (UKA Qualified)


I have enjoyed dancing all my life. As a child I took lessons in ballroom, Latin and disco dancing.

During a holiday in Miami in 2000 some friends took me to a Latin club. There I saw salsa for the first time and when I returned home I started salsa at Mambo City in London. In 2003, I moved to Southampton to start university which is when I found Tracie’s Latin Club.

In 2008 I graduated as a primary school teacher from University College, Winchester and although I love teaching Salsa , my real buzz comes from teaching Salsa to children in the summer holidays at TLC.

 

 


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Debbie Sherman (UKA Qualified)


I knew nothing about salsa until I attended  one of Tracie's classes in May 2003 and I became addicted from that moment on. I have always loved dancing but until then had only danced to RnB, disco heavy metal and rock n roll! Salsa has unleashed in me a whole new level of self expression and  I love it. I was soon attending 3-4 nights weekly plus weekend events and travelling miles to get my salsa fix and still do. It wasn't long before I was helping out as an assistant and I told Tracie it was my ambition to become one of the TLC team. In 2005 that ambition was fulfilled. 

I now teach Argentine Tango on Wednesday nights at TLC and this has added a new dimension!
Helping people to develop the Salsa / Tango dancer within them fills me with great joy, and it's just such great fun. I hope to continue to do so for many years to come.

 

 

 



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Gareth Deats


A musician by trade, my first introduction to salsa dancing was going to a salsa club in Mexico City whilst I was on tour there, and getting blown away by a 10 piece band and the amazing energy and vibe of all the dancers.  I picked up the basic step and on my return to the UK I went out in London to salsa a few times with friends which was great fun.  Living in Maidenhead, I went to some clubs in the area and was soon addicted, going at least 3 times a week.  I love the music, the sociability of being able to dance with lots of different partners, and the mixture of learning proper technique and moves whilst having flexibility to be creative.

My most influential teacher was Basil Pinnock, who runs Dance2Salsa in the Maidenhead area, and a year after I’d started he asked me to be in a student show.  Forward-wind several years and I have performed with him in his semi-pro men’s team all over the UK and at several congresses, sharing in choreographing the shows.

Having met Tracie whilst out social dancing in January 2013, we instantly connected on the dance floor, and I have been regularly teaching salsa at TLC ever since.  As well as regular classes, I have also taught musicality classes for salsa, as I firmly believe it is the music that drives everything else.  At first, it is hard to concentrate on anything other than trying to stay in time with the music.  In the end however, learning how to have fun playing with the music, anticipating and interpreting it with your own choice of moves in the moment, and sharing the connection with your partner as they do the same, is what creates a magical experience.

 

 




       

 

Gill Connell


I’ve been dancing for nine years – I first saw Argentine tango at Tracie’s ball and just had to do it– the elegance! Passion! Shoes…    I was totally hooked from my first lesson.  I’ve been teaching tango at Tracie’s lovely studio for several years now and love sharing my passion for this gorgeous dance – tango will change your life for ever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hannah Swanborough


Warning: Salsa is Extremely Addictive, Fun and Fabulous! I was hooked from my very first lesson. Once you start you will wonder how you ever lived without it!

Before I joined the TLC team I was unbelievably shy. Salsa has given me the confidence I never thought I would have and has literally changed my life!

I absolutely love teaching Salsa and strive to give the dancers the same buzz and passion that I had from the moment I stepped onto the dance floor.

TLC has a fun and friendly atmosphere, there is no better place to start your Salsa journey, so come and join the party - We all look forward to seeing you on the dance floor soon!

 

 

 



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Josephine Wakeling


Having never really danced I started tango at TLC and haven't looked back!   I love this tango journey, particularly the golden age of tango music and I'm totally hooked on the connection that close embrace gives. It's been great to join the gorgeous TLC team and brilliant fun to enable our beginners to catch 'the bug' and get hooked like the rest of us!

















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Olga Taylor (UKA Qualified)


I like to think of myself as an international being - I was born in Ghana but my great grandfather was Danish, my grandfather was German, (hence the name Olga), I went to school in Wales and I now live in England. My Ghanaian name is Nah shorme. Traditionally we are given two names, a Ghanaian name to be used at home and an international name to be used when abroad.

I have been dancing Salsa since 1996, and was one of Tracie's first pupils. I think Tracie has created a wonderful Salsa atmosphere in Southampton, (fun friendly and welcoming). I'm proud to be one of the team. If I had to give a Salsa tip I would say have fun, laugh at your mistakes and be patient, the basic steps and the timing are the hardest things to learn. Don't rush to learn 101 moves (slight exaggeration!) before mastering the basic rhythm.

What do I do when I'm not salsering? I'm a nurse and a reflexologist and my hobbies are dance (any style), Tai chi, and most sports that involve chasing a ball!

 

 
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Sarah-Jane Leader


Tracie has been my dance influence and mentor since I started at the youthful age of about 14. Together, we shared the enthusiasm for all dance types long before TLC was born. Her hard work to realise her dream to bring people together and enjoy the magic of dance has made TLC what it is today - in my mind, the 'Salsa family of the South Coast'.

Salsa certainly has that special something; it's upbeat, happy and a great way to keep fit and socialise. Salsa (& Tango) with TLC has enhanced my life and thanks to Tracie and the TLC team, it can enhance yours too. Once you've got the bug, there's no going back.
You'll see me on the dance floor !

 

 

 



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Stephen Phillips (UKA Qualified)


I've been dancing since 1996 when salsa really got going in Southampton. I was pretty useless in my first lesson, but really enjoyed myself: I loved the rhythm and energy of the music, the fact that I had actually asked a woman to dance who I didn't know (hi Georgie!) and I had a good laugh with my friends. Much later on I discovered I had hips and an upper-body that could move, so if you're a slow starter then don't worry!

Come along, don't take things too seriously, and love the music! See my website for more info on Salsa rhythms: http://scphillips.com/dance

 

 

 



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