Meet the Team
Lindsey & Ian Little
Ian and Lindsey first learned to dance in England in 2009 while Lindsey studied her Masters degree in Medieval Studies. Their first coach was a fellow student and former competition dancer from South Africa who was teaching dance to earn some extra money while studying his PhD.
After returning to Australia, Ian and Lindsey continued their dance journey at Long-Steps when preparing for their wedding. Their bridal dance was choreographed by former 2 time Australian champion and former Long-Steps co-owner, Carla Long. While perfecting their bridal dance, Ian and Lindsey continued to study other styles of dancing under Carla's tutelage. After a successful bridal waltz and relaxing honeymoon, Ian and Lindsey returned to Long-Steps and haven't looked back.
After accepting an offer from their coaches (Carla and Ian Long) to take over Long-Steps when they retire, Ian and Lindsey continued their own dance pursuits, as well as starting to instruct classes and teach private clients. On July 1 2016 Ian and Lindsey formally took over the Long-Steps studio and continue to work hard on their own dancing and teaching skills, and choreography techniques.
Ian and Lindsey have completed Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing bronze, silver, and gold medals in New Vogue and Modern Ballroom; and bronze and silver medals in Latin American; achieving Honours (95% or higher) at all stages. Both intend on completing their gold level studies over the coming years. Ian and Lindsey have chosen not to dance competitively, preferring to dance for self-enjoyment, fitness, and fun.
When not dancing, Ian enjoys playing competitive chess and is heavily involved in chess administration for the Hobart Chess Club, Tasmanian Chess Association, and Australian Chess Federation. Ian has also recently completed a Certificate IV in Web Technologies and plans to start a web design business in 2018. Lindsey is the proud author of James Munkers: Super Freak, and is currently working on the second installment in the series James Munker: Force of Nature. Lindsey is also a proud advocate and passionate volunteer for RESULTS Australia.
Michael Allott & Muriel Morillon
Mike and Muriel met at a Modern Jive dance class in Sydney. They teamed up for a competition and have been together ever since. Over the years Mike and Muriel have also been keen students of the Latin American dance styles, and have competed in this dance form as well.
Mike and Muriel started teaching modern jive to beginners, and then more advanced students before progressing to running a local venue. They taught on the northern beaches of Sydney, and also ran monthly weekend classes in Newcastle before moving the Tasmania 10 years ago.
Mike and Muriel joined the Long-Steps studio and started taking ballroom dancing classes with Ian and Carla Long, gaining proficiency in Modern Ballroom and New-Vogue, as well as their Latin American and Modern Jive skills.
Mike and Muriel now run a Freestyle Jive Class under the Long-Steps banner.
Outside of dance, Mike and Muriel are keen supporters of the arts through both the Theatre Royal and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. They are also keen fitness fanatics, keeping fit using Dance, Cycling and Fin Swimming. This form of swimming involves the use of a monofin, used with a “butterfly” style kicking action to propel you through the water and breathing through a front mounted snorkel. A rather extreme sport, but with a great element of speed.