Due to a random series of events that included birthday cake, an impromptu dance at the art school cafe and a chance sighting from a friend which led to a phone call from a stranger, Duncan found himself at the first swing dance workshop in Hobart. This was back in September of 2000 and since then he hasn’t really stopped… well except for the occasional breaking of ligaments or tendons – which weren’t from dancing if you’re wondering … or the motorbike either. In fact, the stories aren’t that exciting – painful, definitely – so perhaps a tad exciting. Luckily though, he has learnt that he isn’t unbreakable. And for the record, if he is on the dance floor everything’s working properly and he’s good to go, so there’s no need to ask.
Although famous (or is that notorious…?) for not doing his footwork and hating triple steps, he is pretty pedantic in teaching the basic steps so that once you really get the hang of them, you can throw them all out the window and just have a good time on the dance floor! For Duncan, dancing is all about expression and improvisation to the music – no matter what style or genre he is dancing to. He always recommends dancing like an idiot for practice whether it be at home or even better in public, which you will often find him doing.
As a co-founder of ‘Sunday Afternoon Swing’ (SAS), Duncan is often seen doing the DJ thing and quite happily accepts drinks for his efforts, even if he is only playing someone else’s music.
- Stompin’ By The Sea 2003 & 2004
- Munich Lindy Exchange 2005
- Lindy Shock in Budapest 2009
- Stir It in Switzerland 2009