About Us

Clara Guzzardi

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Clara Guzzardi, Owner / Co-Principal

Clara was a gymnast since the age of 8 years competing internationally between the ages of 10-14 and coming 3rd at the Canadian Tumbling Championships in 1982. Having dedicated time in both gymnastics and dance since this young age, auditioned and was accepted into The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts.

At 18 years of age, Clara began to specialise in Ballroom & Latin dance, going onto become British Columbia Champion, in Canada with her former dance partner. Moving to England in 1994 to dance Internationally with Damian, still representing Canada, together became the top ranked Amateur Latin couple in North America. Clara turned professional in 1996, and was fortunate to be accepted to join the world renowned competitive dance studio, Dance Options. Whilst continuing her competitive career, she was being trained by some of the most prestigious and well respected teachers in dance. In 1998 Clara qualified professionally, and is now recognized by the International Dance Teachers Association, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, and the United Kingdom Alliance.

Together both Clara and Damian were UK Closed Professional Latin Finalists, and runners up at the British and Irish South American Showdance Championships. They were also, British South American Showdance Representatives at the World Championships in years 2001 & 2002. After finally retiring from competitions, Clara continued to perform with Damian in shows worldwide, teaching, lecturing, and adjudicating in Europe, Asia and North America. In 2011, she and Damian opened their own school, Caterham Dance School and Wedding Dance Surrey.

Damian Evans

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Damian Evans, Owner/Co-Principal

Damian began dancing Ballroom & Latin at the age of 14, at the Merralls School of Dancing on the Wirral. He progressed rapidly on the open circuit, under the tutelage of Margaret Redmond and the late Eric Lashbrooke winning his first major title, Pre-Amateur of the year at the age of 17.

Going on to become one of the top youth competitors in both Ballroom and Latin in the country, Damian won third place in the British National Youth Championships in Latin and whilst still in the Youth category, travelled extensively throughout Europe representing Wales.

Damian then moved to London at age 22 to specialise in Latin with his then partner, and soon entered the top 24 couples in the world at the International and UK Open Championships. Whilst living in Perth Australia, he became the Lion City, West Australian, Victorian Champion and was Runner up in Australian and Australasian Championships, and 16th in the Open British Latin Championship. Damian went on to represent Australia at the World Championships in Oslo.

In 1994 Damian started representing Canada with his now wife, Clara. Together they became the top ranked Amateur Latin couple in North America. He turned professional in 1996 and was fortunate to be accepted to join the world renowned competitive dance studio, Dance Options. Whilst continuing his competitive career, he was being trained by some of the most prestigious and well respected teachers in dance. In 1998 Damian qualified professionally, and is now recognized by the International Dance Teachers Association becoming a Fellow in 2010, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, and the United Kingdom Alliance.

Together both Damian and Clara were UK Closed Professional Latin Finalists, and runners up at the British and Irish South American Showdance Championships. They were also, British South American Showdance Representatives at the World Championships in years 2001 & 2002. After finally retiring from competitions, Damian continued to perform with Clara in shows worldwide, teaching, lecturing, and adjudicating in Europe, Asia and North America. In 2011 along with Clara, Damian opened his own school, Caterham Dance School and Wedding Dance Surrey and is proud to say that in the short time have already developed successful children and adult recreational and competitive programs.

 

Alfie Sadowski

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Instructor

Alfie began his dancing career at age 4, performing in local pantomime productions whilst studying hip hop and commercial style dance. It wasn’t until he was 14 years old that he began competing in Ballroom, Latin and Freestyle competitions. At 18 years old Alfie auditioned and began working for Disneyland Paris as a Parade Performer, whilst continuing his studies at University of the Arts London (UAL) for Art & Design. In 2015 he graduated with a BA Honours in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College, UAL.

Alfie became English Open 10 dance Champion in 2015, he is also former Greater London Amateur Latin Champion and East of England Amateur Latin Champion, all this is in addition to previously being UKA Medallist of the year in all three styles, Ballroom, Latin and Freestyle, in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. He has travelled both nationally and internationally competing and preforming shows, which last year included the Ballroom and Latin World Championships in Paris.