British expats living in Mallorca: Len and Vivienne Armstrong
These two humans from Mallorca are living a beautiful life here in the delights of the Royal Savoy Apartments in Cala Vinyas. This is the place where they leave their international jet set life in the dance world.
Mallorca was their honeymoon destination in 1966 where they stayed in one of three hotels in Magaluf at the time – The Flamboyant Hotel. It started a love affair with the island that has never left them.
It is still their happiness and in 1985 they realized their ambition to own one of the beautiful apartments with the incredible view of their world.
These Humans of Mallorca met through the ballroom dances that dominated their young lives. The UK in the 1950s was full of schools and dance groups.
Everyone wanted to be able to dance and meet other young people This way. The weekend dances have become much more than that for some.
They found themselves at the heart of competitive dance and the world of ball gowns and sequins.
Vivienne’s parents owned a dance school in Birmingham, the Hawley School of Dance. His parents loved to dance and dad soon gave up his side of the family bakery business devote himself to the world of dance. Vivienne danced as a hobby and worked as a model by day. A completely glamorous life that she enjoyed every minute of.
The day came when she was competing in the British Open Championships in Blackpool and she met Len. He was looking for a new dance partner and they were presented. Len had been dancing since the age of 11.
He had tried all the usual boys’ clubs and societies, but he had just gotten the buzz from dancing. Her parents were passionate dancers and it was obviously in his blood. A few years of non-stop dancing and he was the UK International Dance Champion when he was only 15 years old. A few very successful years saw him dance all over the world and then reality struck.
Work, learning, night classes all took their toll and he had to cut back on the time he could devote to dancing. There was no doubt that he was working to finance the life he wanted to aspire to.
Len, as an amateur, has won the European, British Open, International and UK World Championships.
At that time, the first and the youngest to do so. As a professional he has participated in many Latin finals, including the British Open in Blackpool. He was honored to be the captain of the British professional team for 13 consecutive years, during that time the team were undefeated.
Meeting and dancing with Vivienne, former great amateur finalist of the British Open and model, they have become Great finalists in all major professional ballroom championships, winning numerous titles both at home and abroad.
Very solicited to Demonstrate and Judge, they travel the world until they decide to put all their energies in the family dance studio. Hawley is dancing Birmingham. It was very successful and, indeed, was one of the most important in the country.
This move allowed them to have a family life with their two daughters and to settle further in the UK. Professional dancers have visited the studio for lessons but it’s the beginners who flock almost every night of the week. Viv and Len loved the fact that they were introducing a new generation to the world who had given them such a great life.
Interested in dance politics for the sake of dancers, Len was elected president of The British Dance Council and vice-president of the World Dance Council, where he now holds these honorary positions.
Former president of the International Association of Dance Teachers, he now serves IDTA as the sole honorary director of its board of directors.
Len loves and is proud to work with many of the best professional and amateur competitors in the world today, as he has for many years. Many of the professionals at Strictly Come Dancing were and still are his students today. He teaches professionals every day of the week to Cheam dance options one of the most renowned dance studios in the world.
Dancing and passing on their love of dance to beginners and professionals alike has given Viv and Len a wonderful life. They wouldn’t change what they did for a minute. The ability to step away from the sparkling ball and pick up their Mallorcan life has always been very important to them.
They see themselves as delighted ambassadors for the life they enjoy on this island. For them, it contains everything they want. This is said with sincerity on the part of the people who traveled the world several times.
It was an absolute pleasure talking to this interesting couple. The behind-the-scenes stories of all the stars you see on Strictly were a lot of fun.
They are delighted that this very popular program once again brought dance into everyone’s world.