My wonderful Mum was my inspiration for setting up Tracie’s Latin Club. She loved dancing and regularly went waltzing and jitterbugging during the war. She passed on the gift of a love for dance by taking me to Ballet and then Ballroom & Latin lessons.
Having learnt salsa in London when it first hit the UK, my job took me to Southampton in 1994 where I found a very limited Salsa scene. I decided to teach Salsa on a Wednesday night to complement the existing club night run by Steve & Kathryn Tracey. My friend, Mish and I began teaching in May 1996, every Wednesday at Bannisters Ballroom, Hulse Road (now a block of flats).
A few years later TLC became my full time occupation and I’ve never looked back. Little did I know that my hobby would change my life and culminate in a buzzing friendly Salsa scene in Hampshire, as well as expanding to include Argentine Tango, Ballroom & Latin, Bachata and Kizomba – as well as having my own fabulous dance studio.
It gives me great joy to pass on the love of dance to others, as my Mum did to me, so please do come and join us.