"Daniel was one of my early dance teachers. I was at a relatively low level when I met him about a decade ago and by having lessons with him I very quickly advanced. He encouraged me to take part in my very first teacher-student ballroom and latin competitions which I instantly loved and still participate in to this day.
I was always impressed with his teaching methods. He is an excellent teacher with a gift to not only share his dancing expertise but also to tailor his approach to suit individual students and their needs, abilities and goals. His lessons were always a perfect blend of dance content, fun and just right amounts of constructive criticism as well as motivation and encouragement.
I was quite inconsolable when he decided to return to Australia. It was not easy to find a new teacher as Daniel had set such a high standard for the overall package of what a good dance teacher should be."
STUDENT: AGNIESZKA NYKA
I started taking dance lessons with Daniel in 2011 and have enjoyed developing this new hobby continuously since then. I am really pleased that I persisted all these years, as dancing has never ceased to bring joy to my life.
I am extremely grateful to my dance teacher, Daniel, for his professionalism, encouragement and for sharing his genuine love of dancing and teaching. As a former professional dance competitor, who trained formally to teach dance education in London, Daniel is highly knowledgeable in all types of ballroom dance. Whenever I get confused with certain steps and movements, he will try his best to explain the details and reasoning behind the steps so I better understand. I see Daniel twice a week for lessons. I can’t ever recall seeing him getting upset. He always greets the students with an open smile and conducts the lessons in a positive and encouraging manner. Daniel genuinely enjoys teaching dancing and always puts his students first. During competition nights he finds time to practise with every one of his students briefly (at no cost to the students), so that they feel less nervous during the competition.
I would highly recommend Daniel to be anyone’s dance instructor as I believe you will find the learning experience rewarding and enjoyable.
STUDENT: LISA TANG
Daniels love of dance shines through all of his lessons. As a student, you feel special - in contrast to a lot of other dance studios which are more concerned about making money and doing medals (whether you are ready or not). He has excellent technical knowledge, and extensive experience as an international competitive dancer. He is generous with his time, is a patient and hardworking teacher, and makes you feel like you can really dance! He is an exceptional teacher and I cannot recommend him highly enough
STUDENT: BRONWYN WEBSTER
"I've been dancing with Daniel for over 5 years. He is a very experienced dancer who is dedicated to teaching his students. He makes his lessons fun whilst pushing you to achieve your best. I've loved learning to dance with Daniel!"
STUDENT: JESSICA TURLEY
Daniel Luke was my dance teacher in London from 2004 to 2010. I am not the most talented dancer, but, although he was very insistent on teaching me good technique, he was always patient with me and got me through quite a few exams and even some success at competitions. Above all, we had lots of fun, and I was very sad when he returned to Australia. I would recommend Daniel to anybody who wants to learn to dance and enjoy the experience.
STUDENT: PAULA ARMSTRONG
“I was referred to Daniel by my previous teacher to improve my ballroom technique and progress through my medals. I was Daniel’s student for over two years and found him professional with a polite and easy going manner, always very encouraging and always giving me clear, concise and constructive feedback especially after exams and competitions. I made great progress with his help and support and even came first at a competition at Blackpool Tower. I highly recommend private or group lessons with Daniel as I have always found him to be very approachable and clear with his instructions.”
STUDENT: CHRISTINE GENY
When I started dancing lessons I never imagined that I would dance at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, win trophies and make a friend!
You have been an inspiration.
I started dancing in my 40s after years of pilates lessons and going to the gym to keep fit. I wanted to have fun while I exercise rather than feeling the sessions were a form of torture. Daniel was my Ballroom and Latin dance teacher at Central London Dance at Marylebone, London, from 2003 to 2010, and my young daughter, Natalia, from 2005 to 2010.
During my time with Daniel, he had taken me from a complete novice to ISTD Medal Test in Dance Gold level in both Ballroom and Latin dances ( I always pass my exams with Honours, with marks in the 90s and high 80s). Lessons with Daniel were always fun and never dull. He made sure I work hard at my techniques and when I got confused( which was quite often), he was infinitely patient. After about a year into my lessons, having overcame my initial reservations, I agreed to enter the ISTD Medalist competitions. Daniel felt competitions were very good for my learning process as they definitely made me focus (I did not want to embarrass myself in public!). To my surprise, I did rather well in them and caught the competition bug! They were really fun events with lots of camaraderie amongst fellow competitors from our dance school.
We competed in many ISTD Medalist competitions and I frequently managed to reach the final six. Amongst the most memorable ones was in 2008 when my daughter and I both won in our classes at the ISTD Regional Qualifier at Haverhill. I came 1st in my Silver Ballroom and my daughter, Natalia partnering Daniel,, came 1st in both Cha Cha Cha and Waltz Under 8s Solo. That was quite a day! Thank you Daniel! Later that year, I came 4th in both Silver Latin and Ballroom in The 2008 ISTD Grand Final at Blackpool.
Daniel started teaching my daughter, Natalia, in 2005 when she was 4 years old. Natalia loves dancing and after months of sitting on the sideline watching mummy having lessons, she wanted to learn as well. Daniel was fantastic with her and she passed all her ISTD Medal Tests with practically full marks, 98s and 97s! When Daniel took Natalia to ISTD competitions, they regularly won in both Under 6s, and later Under 8s, Ballroom and Latin classes.
In 2007, following Daniel’s suggestion to find Natalia a little dance partner , Natalia had a tryout with Glenn Richard Boyce, son of Warren and Kristi Boyce ( UK Ballroom Champions ), and became his first dance partner. They were both 6 years old. Their debut competition was at Portslade ISTD Regional Qualifier where they won everything! Natalia won her Under 8s Solo Cha Cha Cha and Waltz partnering Daniel,
Glenn won his solos partnering his mum, Kristi, and together Glenn and Natalia won their Couples Cha Cha Cha and Waltz! It was quite a debut!
In 2008, Natalia came 3rd in both Under 8s ISTD Solo Cha Cha Cha and Waltz with Daniel at the ISTD Grand Final in Blackpool. She and Glenn won the Under 8s Couples Waltz and came 2nd in the Under 8s Couples Cha Cha Cha.
Natalia and Glenn went on to have many successes.
Natalia is 16 now and has switched her interest to show jumping. She has many fond memories of her time dancing with Daniel. Daniel definitely taught her well and she has many, many, trophies to remind her of her dance competition days.
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Daniel as he is a fantastic dance teacher, great with both adults and children.
ATHENA DE LARRINAGA
We came to Daniel for some much needed dancing lessons before our wedding. Neither of us had any experience of dancing as a couple
and the thought of doing our first dance in front of all our friends and family was frankly terrifying. We’d also made things worse for ourselves
by choosing an awkward song to dance to. But Daniel worked out a routine that fitted with it and despite us being total beginners he got us dancing. We ended up really enjoying the classes and they gave a huge boost to our confidence for the big day. Instead of the awkward embarrassed shuffle we’d been anticipating we were able to go out and actually enjoy our first dance as husband and wife. It’s become a part
of the day that we always look back on very fondly.
KIRSTY AND FRED SHARROCK
Moving to London I started to dance Ceroc which was great fun, but after a year I heard by co-incidence about a dancing school nearby work giving private classes so I thought why not take up a challenge? I called and all of a sudden I had booked a class with Daniel. I just couldn't understand what I was thinking about, me dancing? I was so nervous! I went to the school, met Daniel and I didn't feel nervous any longer.
We danced and one hour later I was running along the streets in London, screaming (well inside) for happiness!
The fantastic thing with Daniel is that he makes you believe in yourself, you actually believe you can dance and step by step you can! I learned not only to dance, but also to be more conscious about my body. How to enter a room! To be confident! With perfectionism he encourages
you in a very good way, he makes it simple and he has a lot of patience. I took dance classes at lunchtime once a week and that morning I always woke up with a smile on my face. He made me laugh during the classes! It's so funny when you realize that you are actually practicing the steps you learned walking along the pavements.
I had a really stressful job in London, but the hours in the dance school with Daniel gave me so much energy and I'm not sure I would have managed without dancing.
I moved to another country in Europe and the first thing I checked, before moving there was that I could continue dancing.