Mohammed Al Radi, Teacher
Updated: Jul 21, 2021
Tell us about your years of dancing. When did you start and what did you do?
I started dancing Lindy Hop in London in 2015 and was immediately hooked! Not long after I discovered other styles of swing dancing, including Collegiate Shag, St Louis Shag and Balboa. I teach regularly at Shag Pile, a Collegiate Shag dance school in Bethnal Green, and I am a regular at social dance events around London!
Why do you dance?
I never expected dance to become one of my passions - I only attended my first dance class in my mid 20s. I soon realised though that apart from being a great form of exercise, that dancing helps me relax and at the same time challenges me mentally (improvisation, musicality, connection etc...). I've also met some really amazing people through dance and am proud to be part of such a friendly and welcoming community. Swing dancing has helped me grow as a person, and has given me a deeper appreciation of jazz music, culture and history. I still learn something new everytime I dance and look forward to learning more!