THIS MONTH DAVID BUTLER CATCHES UP WITH LIAM PRESSLEY AND ROXANNE YOUMAN, TWO UP AND COMING DANCERS WHO ARE ON THEIR WAY TO THE TOP WITH THE HELP OF NUFFIELD HEALTH
Liam and Roxanne are current National Pre-Amateur Latin dancing competitors. They have been members here at Nuffield Health for over a year and can usually be found practising their routines in the gym’s studio space.
By dance sport standards they began dancing and competing relatively late in the game. Liam was nineteen when he traded in his football boots to nervously attend his first dance competition. Roxy swam competitively in her native New York up until the ripe old age of twenty-one, when she signed up for her first social dance class completely by chance.
This late start has certainly posed difficulties for their partnership, especially given that the two currently compete against individuals who were dancing since they could walk. Neither has allowed this challenge to set them back, their shared drive and determination to win has shown in their winning 2nd Place at the British Closed Championships in Pre-Amateur Latin.
Roxy: “I think a lot of people get caught up in the glitz and glamour of the sport on Strictly Come Dancing, but the reality can be quite different. As with any sport, competitive dancing at this level comes with many sacrifices. Injuries can be difficult as we both like to stay active, but the biggest challenge comes from the amount of time, sweat and stress that needs to go into this sport. It can sometimes be demotivating to balance our intense dance schedules and investments with our separate full-time jobs. I get frustrated that I never have time to attend Rupi’s classes, which were extremely important to me when I was at a very low-point last year. It’s annoying that I can no longer find the time to punch away my stresses to Michael Jackson tracks.”
Liam: “It can feel like there is no room for anything else, and you end up spending so much time with your dance partner that it often seems like we are a married couple! We frequently have to postpone other commitments and personal goals because of it.
That said, there can be many perks to competitive Ballroom and Latin dancing, everything from the excitement of doing well at a competition, to getting roped into some of the most hilarious and fun shows. We are currently involved in four different Strictly inspired dance competitions for charities ranging from Cancer Research UK to St Leonard’s Hospice and Variety, the Children’s Charity. You can end up working with some pretty interesting people that you never would have crossed paths with, and the best part is that it’s always done in support of a fantastic cause!” Liam and Roxy are both thankful for the accessibility of Nuffield’s studio space, which has been a ‘life saver’ when it comes to balancing their busy schedules. “We are extremely attached to this gym,” Liam admits, “everything from the exceptional classes, to the friendliness of its staff members, to the fantastic and versatile gym equipment available. We pretty much live here.”
Make sure to pop in and say “hi” to these two when they are next training in the studio!
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