Our founders, Sean and Carole, always wanted to represent their country at the World Championship level. Never did they dream they would represent England in 11 world championship events all over the world. Their highest position was seventh place in Latin in Barcelona, Spain, and 14th in Modern in Turin, Italy. One of their career highlights was winning the Italian Open Championship in Cervia, Italy in 1997, a very proud moment to be English.
Sean and Carole also hoped one day to become British National Champions and Open British finalists, and they did eventually achieve both of these goals. In 1999, they were open British Latin finalists at the Blackpool Dance Festival, the biggest competition in the dancing world, and they won the British National Senior Latin title in November 2002.
They did plan to retire in 2004, but decided to have one last attempt at the British Ballroom title. They spent a lot of time and money taking lessons with top coaches in London. They had already decided that they wanted to open their own dance studio, so these lessons not only benefitted their own dancing but also formed the foundation of what they would pass on to future pupils. In November 2005, they won the much-converted British Senior Modern title and finished as runners-up in the Latin that year. At the end of that competition, they announced their retirement, something that Carole found difficult to accept for some weeks after.
Success in the competitive dance world required many sacrifices and none of their achievements would have been possible without a lot of hard work and commitment to the art form, but Sean and Carole had a fantastic amateur career and now have no regrets. Both are now professional teachers at Madd! For Dance and they have already trained many successful pupils. They thoroughly enjoy the coaching element and get a lot of pleasure and pride from seeing their students improve and get the results they deserve. The studio has a nice friendly atmosphere and everyone supports each other—which is exactly what they strive to encourage.
It's impossible to tell what the future has in store, but so far the hard work and late nights have been worth it. Remember, you can achieve your dreams—it just might take a little longer than you thought.