Discover About Phillip and Gaynor Evans…
Phillip & Gaynor are currently competing as Professionals for Wales. Phillip & Gaynor are based at the Dance Kingdom in Llanelli and are available for teaching, shows and much more…
They are former Amateur Welsh World & European Championships representatives for Ballroom, Latin & 10 Dance and were ranked number 1 in Wales in all 3 disciplines. Phillip & Gaynor are also former Welsh Closed National Ballroom & Latin Champions as well as winners of Champions of Tomorrow Under 35 Pre-Championship Ballroom in the world famous Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
Phillip started dancing at the Dance Kingdom in Llanelli with Michael Pharaoh & Julie Williams, when he was 8 years old (a long time ago now) and is where he has continued to train to this day. It all started socially before quickly catching the dancing bug and wanting to become involved and be part of the very successful Dance Kingdom Medallist Team before starting to compete on the “open circuit” and later establishing himself as a leading Welsh Junior Ballroom & Latin dancer. Phillip then moved into the Youth category and became multiple Welsh Youth Ballroom & Latin Champion with two separate partners.
In 2009 Phillip found that he no longer had a dance partner and decided that he would try to dance with his soon to be wife Gaynor (married in July 2009) however knew that this would be a challenge that many people thought would never work as Gaynor had never danced prior to meeting Phillip. Gaynor had started to learn to dance so that she could dance socially with Phillip at social events, and never thought that this would to lead to the wonderful life in which they now share. Phillip had entered for the British Open championships in Blackpool in which was their first ever competition together, which went well despite the nerves. A few weeks later narrowly missed out on making the final at Stars of the Future in Brentwood which was the springboard they needed and let’s just say they never looked back… and have since gone on to become:
- Winners of Champions of tomorrow U/35 Pre Championship Ballroom
- Welsh Closed National Amateur Ballroom & Latin Champions
- Ranked Number 1 in Wales in Amateur Ballroom, Latin & 10 Dance
- British Modern Sequence Finalists
- British Latin Sequence Runners Up
- Represented Wales at World & European Championships in Ballroom, Latin & 10 dance all over the world including USA, Russia, Germany, Norway, Denmark & Australia
In October 2013 Phillip and Gaynor danced their first ever Modern Sequence competition at the British Open Championship and became finalists. They also took part in the British Open Latin Sequence Championship of which they were runners up on this occasion. This was to be their last competition of 2013 due to Gaynor already being six months pregnant and later giving birth to their son Alexander on January 31st 2014.
2014 saw Gaynor taking some maternity time off dancing until the British Open Championships in Blackpool in May. A further enforced break from training / competing was then required due to the worsening of Phillip’s on going hip injury, however, despite medical advice, they danced at he Welsh Open Championships and made both Amateur Ballroom and Latin Finals as well as winning the Welsh Closed Bowditch Trophy. Despite this, Phillip was then forced to withdraw from the 2014 UK Closed Championship and later had hip surgery in August 2014.
In November 2014, following intensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation programmes, Phillip battled to be fit to dance their last Amateur competition – the British National Championships in which they achieved their best ever Latin result and narrowly missing out in the Ballroom, however, given the circumstances and only being given the all clear to start “gentle” training 5 days prior to the competition, they were happy.
Phillip and Gaynor are now looking forward to the next chapter of their careers competing as Professionals and teaching along side their teachers Michael and Julie at the Dance Kingdom in Llanelli. Phillip & Gaynor would like to take this opportunity in thanking all friends, family and coaches for their continued support in all their endeavours. Special thanks also go to Michael & Julie as without their continued support Phillip & Gaynor would not have achieved all that they have.