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How I Got Here | Gary Edwards, The Ballroom Giant

Len Goodman’s departure from Strictly Come Dancing means that there are some big shoes to fill, however with speculation that Ballroom Giant Gary Edwards may be the one to do it we caught up with him to find out exactly how he got here.

Sum up yourself and your job in 2 sentences?

I’m a 6ft 4inches, Essex born dancer, who doesn’t take life too seriously. I have a very successful and blessed career in The Dance World, I’ve now Judged over forty World Championships in Latin, Ballroom, Salsa, All American Styles and freestyle from Professional to ProAm levels.

I’m also the Vice President of The World Federation of Ballroom Dancers, taught many celebrities such as Michael Jackson etc and patron to The U.K. Wheelchair Dancesport Association as well as supporting other charitable organizations.

What was the inspiration behind it? 

The Inspiration was originally the desire to attend glamorous events with my parents as a very young child but no doubt seeing and hearing Len Goodman and Cherry Kingston when I was a young medalist was the moment I decided what I wanted to do with my life.

What has been the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Make and take your opportunities and, never, never give up!

What piece of advice would you give to others wanting to follow in your footsteps?

In Dancing, work hard ,practice hard and then rehearse!!!

As a Judge, honesty is the only policy!!

You’re a new addition to a crayon box, what colour would you be and why?

Red – passion,love, strength and it’s my lucky Colour!

What was the last gift you gave someone?

Red Roses

What inspires you?

Inspiration, many things, i’m Patron of The WDSA(UK) because I watched a young girl dressed in full ballet gear dance in a wheelchair, incredible performance with the biggest smile I’ve ever seen, also to see our Military personal and people in general live amazing lives with disabilities is absolutely incredible to me.

Lots of Music and great people inspire me daily,,,from Mother Teresa to Michael Jackson.

What is the difference between right and wrong?

Difference between right and wrong,,, my conscience is always a good guide!

As a Judge there is a correct way and many incorrect ways of doing things, I like to add a rhythmic license, benefit of the doubt rule to that though!

In life I rely on what I’ve been taught by my parents and mentors, we live in a world of laws, rules and etiquette that I try my hardest to follow wisely.

When have you been most satisfied with your life?

Most satisfied with my life…everyday. I’ve been lucky and I have no complaints, I live for today!

If there was one thing you could say to your 5 year old self, what would it be?

As a 5 year old I would wish to hear, live and enjoy every minute of everyday, never give up on your dreams and buy Amazon and Apple shares as soon as you can!

Tell us in 3 words, how you got to where you are today?

Drive, Determination, Blessed.

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