Damian Evans, Committee Member
Damian began dancing Ballroom & Latin at the age of 14, at the Merralls School of Dancing on the Wirral, progressing quickly through the ranks to becoming one of the top youth competitors in both Ballroom and Latin in the country. He won 3rd place in the British National Youth Latin Championships, UK Closed Youth Ballroom Winner, and Semi Finalist in both Ballroom and Latin at the Open British Youth. As a Youth competitor he travelled extensively throughout Europe representing Wales.
Damian moved to London at age 22 to specialise in Latin with his then Danish partner, and soon entered the top 24 couples in the world at the International, British Open, Worlds and UK Open Championships. Later living in Perth Australia, he became the Lion City, West Australian, Victorian Champion and was Vice Champion in Australian and Australasian Championships, and 16th in the Open British Latin Championships. He also went on to represent Australia at the World Championships in Oslo 1990
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 Vice Champions at the British and Irish South American Showdance Championships. They were also, British South American Showdance Representatives at the World Championships in 2001 & 2002.
They now run the very successful dance school Caterham Dance School, offering coaching to many competitive couples.
Damian has judged and taught extensively throughout the World including the prestigious Junior Open British Festival, International Latin Championships, British National Championships and the WDC AL World Championships.
He has served as Treasurer of the BCDC for 5 years, and has sat on the BDF EC since 2018.