Xavier Navarre IDTA, is the principal teacher.
Introduced to the world of competitive dance at the age of 13, by his brother Bruce Richardson (currently Dancesport Director of Coaching for Oxford University) Xavier was trained by Bill Phillips and has been qualified with the IDTA since 1976. He is a licensed adjudicator for Great Britain with the World Dance and Dancesport Council.
He has taught and coached around the world running master-classes in Japan and for Fred Astaire Dance Studios, New England in the United States, where he lived and worked before family commitments forced him to return to the UK. He now lives in Swaffham, Norfolk.
Placing great emphasis upon dance as a route into personal and management development, Xavier has also undertaken professional qualifications in pyschological kinesiology and remedial massage therapy. He is a member of The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science.
He trains dancers who wish to pursue a career as professional dance teachers with the IDTA and his great love is teaching social dancers, being a passionate believer in the transformative power of dance.As he and his brother both say: "It's a great contact sport"
He is assisted by his wife, partner and fellow professional, Joanna Navarre, who came to the world of ballroom from a performing arts background and is famously quoted as saying:
"I fell in love with ballroom when I realised that I could dance a quickstep to 'The Lovecats' by The Cure."
Emma Scottow trained in classical ballet until the age of 18. After a career break from the world of dance she began Ballroom and Latin training with Xavier in 2007, gaining her IDTA Ballroom Associate with distinction in 2013. Described as having 'a zest for teaching', Emma will helping to run the childrens' programme of IDTA graded exams starting in January 2014.
Describing her love of ballroom she says, "Coming from a performance background, it is lovely to be involved in an environment where the emphasis is on participation, as well as individual development. It's a privilege to see people grow through their dancing"