Fol­low in foot­steps of dancers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

BACK in 1997, the Ken­tish Ex­press cov­ered the suc­cess of a teenage cou­ple who qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent the UK at the world youth Latin Amer­ica dance cham­pi­onships in Rus­sia. Now they have re­turned to the dance floor as teach­ers at the Fit to Dance Cen­tre at Hen­wood, Ash­ford, lead­ing Latin and ball­room ses­sions ev­ery Wed­nes­day to suit all ages from be­gin­ners to ex­pe­ri­enced dancers. At the age of 14 Sam Ker­ley, from Ken­ning­ton, met Luke Saun­ders, from Es­sex, af­ter her par­ents ad­ver­tised for a dance part­ner. Within three years the ded­i­cated cou­ple had been se­lected as one of two pairs to travel to Rus­sia for the world cham­pi­onships along with Strictly Come Danc­ing favourites Flavia Ca­cace and Vin­cent Si­mone. Their part­ner­ship thrived and they trav­elled the world tak­ing part in com­pe­ti­tions against stars of the hit tele­vi­sion show like An­ton du Beke, and worked on cruise ships demon­strat­ing their skills. In 2000, they mar­ried and re­tired from com­pe­ti­tion to start new ca­reers and set­tled back in Albe­marle Road, Willes­bor­ough,

Sam and Luke Saun­ders at the Bri­tish Open in 1998

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