About Barry Gordon
Barry has been teaching weekly Ballroom & Latin-American classes in Colliers Wood since May 2013. He began teaching weekly Ballroom & Latin-American classes in Central London on 5th September 2008 & taught weekly classes at the Excelsior Club in Balham from September 2009 until the owner retired and closed the club in June 2014.
Barry appeared in "The One Show" on BBC TV on Thu 24 Apr 2014. The whole episode was available on http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/ for only 1 week but a copy of the section where Barry can be seen dancing on the first video right.
Barry was filmed in "Cuban Fury" which was released in March 2014.
Barry danced the Viennese Waltz on BAFTA award-winning actor Darren Boyd’s episode of Little Crackers, broadcast on 20th December at 9:30pm on Sky1.
Barry appeared dancing Salsa in Channel 4’s "Cardinal Burns" on 29th May 2012. You may log in to www.channel4.com/programmes/cardinal-burns/4od#3373816 to see the full episode.
Barry was filmed dancing with "Diversity" for the new TV show - "Got To Dance" which was screened in January 2010 on Sky 1. See 2nd video clip below right. He was posing as a security guard on the left.
Barry was one of the judges at the UK World Salsa Championships (July 2008) in Kings Cross.
Barry danced Cha-cha-cha in Regent’s Park in the film "Joe’s Palace" produced & directed by Stephen Poliakoff starring Sir Michael Gambon. It was first screened on 4th November 2007 on BBC1.
Barry’s Salsa dance style varies according to the music and the ability and preference of his partner. He loves all styles, - Cuban, L.A., New York & Cali (Colombian) styles too. From a Ballroom background in his childhood, he is a very technical dancer and can break down & explain each and every aspect of every move in whatever dance that he teaches and can translate moves from 1 dance / style to another.
This aspect of his dancing has made his dance classes more focused on club style (social) dancing rather than performing in shows & choreography, although this can equally be used in performance work too. Some people learn to perform before they can competently dance socially, We don’t believe that helps them to become good dancers.
Barry qualified as an Associate Member of the UK Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dance (UKA) in June 2004 and taught Salsa in Redbridge from September to December 2004. (Click Here To View Certificate)
Barry was nicknamed "Boogaloo" after demonstrating it to a well-known Salsa teacher / performer in 2002.
Barry has been a finalist in several Salsa competitions. He won 1st place at the International Salsa festival 1998 at the Brittania Hotel Docklands, tied 1st place at the Scala @ Kings Cross, in 2002 and 1st place for the Roger Woor memorial cup 2004 for salsa. He was also a finalist in the 2002 UKA Merengue Championship and 2nd Runner up in the Rueda section of the Tropicana Tropics Open World Championship in 2002.
Amongst the salsa community, Barry was a pioneer in teaching Cha-cha-cha (On2) in 2002. Nowadays people are gradually becoming more aware and understanding the music better, but he is widely regarded by many as amongst the best Cha-cha-cha teachers / dancers in London’s salsa scene.
In November 2001, Barry went to Nashville, Tennessee, to learn American Country Western partner dances e.g. Twostep & Hustle & won first prize for Twostep - beating the Americans & Canadians there.
Barry first became addicted to salsa in 1997. He learnt to salsa with numerous salsa teachers, hence his style being so eclectic.
Barry first became interested in partner dancing as a child in 1970 & went to Rita Pover’s "East London Dance Academy" to study Old-time, Modern Ballroom, Latin-American, Modern Sequence, Tap, Hustle and a contemporary dance called "Slimma" which his teachers there choreographed. He continued with weekly private lessons & classes and eventually competed many times in the 1970’s - nearly always one of the top 6 finalists until He married his dance partner Christine who had been a Junior Open Scottish Old Time Champion. He has since forgotten many of the dance sequences that he then knew (about 60 - 70 dances), but he still knows about 30 - 40 dances including 4 of the 5 those listed on his medal test result sheet when he was still a teenager (click here to view results). He is available to teach the 30 dances listed here. He made his debut appearance on BBC Television in the mid-1970’s dancing the Minuet and Viennese Waltz in a documentary on the Royal Heritage.
Barry has been hired by & taught dance for the following to teach groups. -