Believe it or not, Christophe didn't take his first dance class until the age of 16. It was an adult Tap Dance class at a local sports centre in Romford, Essex, and he was the only young man. The remainder of the class was made up of older ladies who seemed more interested in the social scene than serious tap dance! Luckily it didn't put him off, however it did light a spark that was never to go out!
Prior to taking these classes Christophe had always danced at home mainly around the living room, much to the annoyance of his sister and mum. Big influences at the time were artistes such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul all of whom had great pop videos to watch and copy on the TV. The 80's pop scene was very exciting and the music just made you want to get up and dance! The main thing that pop videos did, was to make dancing accesible - it also showed that it was cool for boys and men to dance - they looked great and were clearly talented - something he could associate with.
Taking the steps from his lounge onto the dance floor was another milestone, that he soon overtook. He wasn't embarassed at the Junior School disco to get up and have a dance - especially with the girls in the class who thought it was great!!! The one thing he never realsied was how his constant dancing around was not only improving his skill it was keeping him healthy at the same time.
When he moved to the USA at the age of 16 he took his dancing shoes with him, but mainly concentrated on his acting and miming skills. After 2 years abroad living with family and attending Ashland Senior High School, he returned to the UK and auditioned as a dancer for a privatley owned holiday camp. Whilst there the other dancers taught Christophe how to tap - direct from the horses mouth - what he learnt in the day he would have to perform that very same night!!!
Two and a half years later and with his Equity card in his pocket, Christophe then went off and danced his way into various jobs.
In 2004 Christophe became aware of a Teacher Training Programme held in America that was run by the American Tap Dance Institute. He made contact with the staff, who immediatley put himn in touch with the Artistic Dircector, Mr Chris Baker. After many questions and lots of forms, Christophe was finally admitted onto the one year course specifically developed for Tap Dance Teachers. 19 exams and many hours of practice later, Christophe was very proud to graduate in 2005 becoming the first (and currently only) British person to Graduate from the Teacher Training Programme.
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