James Prouton LISTD LNATD
James began his dancing career at the tender age of 2½, all thanks to Top of the Pops and Adam Ant! After perfecting the routine to ‘Prince Charming’, his parents decided that he had a talent and enrolled him in local dancing classes. He learnt tap, ballet and jazz as well as ballroom and latin up until he was 9 years of age, when he started to compete in ballroom competitions. He got the bug, and subsequently the other dance classes stopped and he fully concentrated on ballroom and latin.
James quickly established himself as one of the souths leading dancers, and then not too soon after one of the country’s best, winning a string of juvenile and junior titles. His success continued into the adult ranks, with many championship wins up and down the country and also abroad but the most notable success was winning the British National Youth Championship in 1998, aged 20. Soon after, James established himself as one of the UK’s top amateurs, regularly finishing in the top 6 in England and in the quarter finals of most international championships.
Nearer the end of his amateur career, James became the UK Ten dance champion and was very privileged to represent England at the World Championships where he finished 9th. In 2004, James decided to turn professional and took 3 years away from competitive dancing to concentrate on teaching – and to find the right person with which to start a new chapter in his dancing career. It took a long time, but eventually the wait paid off and he was very lucky to find just the right person…..
Over the years, his dancing has become his number one passion and he couldn’t think of doing anything else. He feels that there is nothing better than doing what you love, day in, day out – especially with such a wonderful partner!