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New dance teacher inspires Hampshire to follow in Strictly's footsteps
EVERY autumn it sweeps the nation, getting people on their feet while gluing them to their television sets.
And this year is no different as Strictly Come Dancing fever has struck the nation once again.
Now former international dancer-turned coach Nicolas Inchelin wants to help Hampshire dancers show off their skills as much as the celebrities they adore.
He grew up in Benin, Africa, and went to Paris aged 16 to study law and political science with visions of becoming a diplomat.
But his love for dance took him on a different path and after a spell in gymnastics he started competing in dancesport – a mix of Latin and ballroom dance.
He said: “My mother used to say even when I was in her tummy whenever there was music around I would be dancing. I’ve always danced.”
He took a break from competition in 2000, moving to the USA to study homeopathy and natural medicines, which is how he came up with ‘Bio-Dynamic’ movement.
He explained: “It’s the link between my work as a homeopath and the energies of the body. It’s a way of producing movement using the energy of the whole body and not just focusing on the steps.
“The way dance is taught is focusing on the footwork but the problem is when the body dances the foot is the last thing to move. “Bio-Dynamic movement flows through the body through the exchange of energies throughout the body. It’s not complicated; there’s a list of rules I have made and when you focus on them it transforms dance completely.”
The new technique helped on his return to Dancesport between 2008-2010, winning both French Latin and Ballroom championships and reaching the semi final of the 2010 World 10 Dance Championship.
Now he focuses on teaching his special moves, and England is in need of his expertise.
He said: “The English don’t know about Bio-Dynamic it yet and are not performing on the international stage.
“The focus is still on footwork, which is good, but they don’t have the knowledge of using the energy of the body. The rest of the world has moved on but England has stayed behind.”
But one thing England is excelling on is Strictly.
He said: “Anything that can encourage people to dance is a wonderful thing. In France we are on our fourth series of our version and I have seen the American show but the English one is by far the best.
“I love the judges. It’s difficult to say who my favourites are but it would be a mix of Craig [Revel Horwood] and Bruno [Tonioli] because Craig can seem nasty but he is always honest, and Bruno’s opinions are always absolutely right.
“Len [Goodman] is a bit old-fashioned but I think it helps he comes from a previous era of dance because it gives a good balance. I really liked Alesha Dixon because although she was not a pro she brought techniques from outside of dance.”
And if he got the chance he would love to join the show as a consultant to teach Bio-Dynamic movement to the celebrities.
He said: “Even some of the professionals could improve if they had my technique and it would help the stars with their posture and placement early on.”
But first he is turning his attention to Hampshire, running three classes a week in Winchester.
“Dance is so important. It is a social link, good exercise for the body and mind and it makes for a positive mood.
“I think Winchester deserves a real, beautiful dance studio so I would like to put a call out for some partners to help make this happen.
“I would also love to run classes elsewhere in Hampshire and I’m ready to travel around any towns or villages interested.”
He runs adult classes on Mondays at 8pm and 9pm (for couples) at the Wesley Methodist Church Hall, Stoney Lane, for £5 per hour.
Sessions for children aged 12-17 take place at St Faith’s Hall, Back Street, on Sundays from 7pm-8.30pm.
For more details call Nicolas on 07817 835573 or email email@example.com.
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