Conversations with… Dance instructor Deborah Butler

By Paola Bassanese

Q: Why did you decide to start a dance school?

A: I used to teach freestyle dance to children in Norwich many years ago and since moving to London to concentrate on becoming a recording artist, I now want to go back to teaching dance.

I also want to pass my knowledge of street/freestyle dance to children and give something back to the communities in London. As I am a member of the IDTA (International Dance Teacher’s Association) I can put children through examinations in freestyle and street dance.

Q: When did you start learning to dance and sing?

A: Dancing at 8 years old and singing at 14 years of age.

Q: What is your all-time favourite performance on stage?

A: I did a gig for Radio Essex alongside Tina Cousins in Southend – amazing atmosphere and crowd!

Q: What is your exercise regime?

A: I go to the gym 3-4 times a week, attend a body attack class and of course dancing!

Q: How important is massage for you?

A: It is very important for me as I am leading a very busy and hectic lifestyle. I am always carrying heavy bags, which puts pressure on my back, so a good massage helps to me to relax and feel great.

Q: What would you advise to parents who would like to encourage their children to learn to dance?

A: Dancing is great way to socialise, meet new friends and have fun! All of the moves and routines are taught to current chart music.


Check out Deborah’s website Mad on Dance for class schedules.