Chris Malone & Dawn-Claire Irvine

Chris Malone 

Chris started dancing competitively, aged seven in Old Time Ballroom and Latin American until the age of 18 when he started training for his professional qualifications in Liverpool, where he was based for 14 years before moving to Edinburgh. 

Having been qualified for 30 years, Chris has travelled extensively through Europe training many successful amateur dancers both at home and abroad as well as being an adjudicator at competitions. 

He has a strong passion for technique, posture and movement and likes to challenge his students both mentally and physically which he believes can help a couple have a more enjoyable dance experience together. 

Dawn-Claire Irvine

Dawn-Claire has been dancing ballroom and Latin since she was 4. Her training began in Edinburgh but by the age of 9 she was commuting down to England for competitive training. She feels privileged to have been trained by some of the most prolific dancers in the world like Donnie Burns and Marcus and Karen Hilton. She has represented her country in worldwide competitions gaining a variety of titles, most notably British, International and World Championships and was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Scottish Dancesport Association. In 1993 she gave up competitive dance and continued to teach whilst studying at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she attained a BA Dramatic Arts. On leaving she moved to Boston, USA teaching at the Fred Astaire Dance Studios and at Harvard University for the Ballroom team.

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