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.
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.