My father Tom was a lecturer at the local technical college for over 40 years. He met my mother (Margaret) in the 1940s when dancing at one of the dancing halls in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. In retirement he and Mum became interested in sequence dancing but he was disappointed at the absence of any instruction books. Typically, Dad decided to take action to address this. He figured that he was an experienced teacher and that the lack of a professional dancing background would help in that he would be in the same position as many of the prospective readers.
His first book ‘Modern Sequence Dancing – A new approach’ was published in 1992 when he was 69 and the print run of 1,300 sold out in the next 2 years. Following on from this success Dad substantially expanded the book in 1994 (now entitled ‘Modern Sequence Dancing for All’) and over the next few years wrote 3 more books and also published works by his fellow enthusiasts Ken Fuller and Pat Price. Throughout, he was encouraged by Derek Arnold, the then publisher of ‘Sequence Dancing World’.
All the while he and Mum were dancing 3-4 times weekly in the many sequence dancing sessions in and around Chesterfield, learning the new dances as they came out and going on occasional sequence dancing holidays (Benidorm was a particular favourite). I sometimes went with them to local sessions when visiting home. Whilst I cannot pretend to know the moves, it was always apparent what a friendly, sociable and enjoyable atmosphere at each (as long as you didn’t sit in someone’s regular chair!).
Dad finished his last book ‘A Source Book for Sequence Dancers’ in 2000 and passed the role of selling books over to my fabulous wife, Christina, in 2002. In the last few years Dad’s time was increasingly devoted to caring for Mum (she suffered a severe stroke in 2003), visiting her without fail every single day for the next 5 years (generally twice, sometimes 3 times a day). Sadly, Mum died in July 2010 and Dad passed away later the same month after 61 years together (‘A marriage made in heaven’ as Dad would always say).
I know that he was always keen that his work on sequence dancing reached as wide an audience as possible so we have now developed this website to help do so. With around 20,000 books sold to date he continues to be a popular source of information and guidance.
We trust you will enjoy the books and we will be pleased to hear from you.