Meet the Team
Lindsey & Ian Little
Ian and Lindsey first learned to dance in England while Lindsey studied her Masters degree in Medieval Studies in 2009. Their first coach was a fellow student and former competitive dancer from South Africa who took up dance teaching to earn some extra money while studying his PhD.
Upon returning to Australia, Ian and Lindsey had a period of calm before deciding to get married. After this, the hunt for a new studio and instructor was on. After finding Long-Steps their dance journey continued in the lead up to their wedding and hasn't stopped since.
Ian and Lindsey's bridal dance was choreographed by 2 time Australian champion and former Long-Steps co-owner, Carla Long. While perfecting their first dance, Ian and Lindsey continued to study other dance styles.
Under Carla and later Ian Long's tutelage, Ian and Lindsey have successfully completed CSTD (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 Ian and Lindsey intend on completing their Latin American gold level studies over the coming years, but have chosen not to dance competitively, preferring to dance for self-enjoyment, fitness, and fun.
After accepting an offer from Carla and Ian to take over Long-Steps when they retire, Ian and Lindsey stepped up their own dance pursuits, as well as starting to instruct classes and private sessions. 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.
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 is in the process of establishing a small business entitled Incy Wincy Web Solutions. Lindsey is the proud author of James Munkers: Super Freak, and is currently working on the second installment in the series James Munker: Freak of Nature. Lindsey is also a proud advocate and passionate volunteer for RESULTS Australia.
Michael (Mick) Allott & Muriel Morillon
Mick 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 Mick and Muriel have also been keen students of the Latin American dance styles, and have competed in this dance form as well.
Mick 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 in 2006.
Mick and Muriel started attending classes at Long-Steps Ballroom Dancing with Ian and Carla Long, and soon after established a class of their own. Mick and Muriel continue to run their Freestyle Jive Class under the Long-Steps banner.
Outside of dance, Mick 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.