|Country of origin||Germany|
|I mainly live in||A small village north of Munich|
|Profession or education||(Marketing) Communications Consultant|
|Preferred dances||Slow Foxtrott|
|Main trainers||Christian Stangl|
Already in early youth I was fascinated by dancing.
I loved Fred Astaire movies, ballroom music of the big band era, and watching ballroom competitions in TV whenever possible.
Mid/end of the 70's I spent almost all of my leisure time in dancing studio, longing to join that fascinating world of Dancesport.
But life had other plans for me. I gave up dancing for more than twenty years, married, became father of three wonderful children, got divorced...
One day I felt it was time for a change in my life and I came back to dancing. Beginning anew with dancing school, I met my first partner. Together we passed all levels of dance classes and then went for competitive dancing.
Having reached the level to participate in WDSF competitions, the dream of my youth came true: I am part of that fascinating world of Dancesport!
In his auto-biography “Music was my first love”, the famous German dancer and coach Oliver Wessel-Therhorn subsumes my feelings about DanceSport (and, of course, his own) in one sentence:
<Gerade dieser Traum Marke Hollywood, das Auftreten der Paare und die Eleganz des gesamten Umfelds, machten das Turniertanzen aus.> (Particularly that Hollywood-style dreaming, the couples’ demeanor and the elegance of the surroundings, that’s what ballroom dancing stands for.)
To enhance our dancing skills and to give pleasure to our audience.
The pursuit of increasing sportiness and drive bears the risk to loose elegance and musical expression.
Of course there are friends outside of Dancesport, too. A few, at least.
Having extra practice...
Writing novels and short stories, photographing, cooking…
Any kind of movie that is supposed to touch either my brain or my heart – or both of them.
My partner, a chest full of good books, and a Swiss army knife.
My two sons and my daughter.
You better beware of your dreams and wishes, sometimes they’ll come true.
The eyes, ‘cause eyes always tell the truth.
High spirits, a thick skin and from time to time a glass of old red wine.
<Nicht dem Leben mehr Jahre, sondern den Jahren mehr Leben geben.>
It's not about adding more years to one's life, but adding more life to one's years.
(Curd Jürgens, German actor)