Peter was born in London, England and started dancing aged five and competing five years later. Peter retired from competition aged twenty seven. In the years between, together with Lynn Harman, they became the most successful all round competitive couple of all time making many records that still stand today.
After retiring Peter went to the USA to expand his dance knowledge and ended up creating the very first Ballroom Theatre Company. Following seven highly successful, critically acclaimed years he returned to London to create the Semley Studio which many regarded as the most respected and popular studio in the world for top class competitive dancers.
He was and is known as a teacher of many National, Continental and World Champions and is unique in training champions consecutively in both Ballroom and Latin.
As a judge he is remembered as an impressive Chairman of Judges for the Blackpool (British Open) and National Championships as well as the inaugural Chairman of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) “Grand Slam Series” As an administrator he created the International DanceSport Judges and Trainers Association as well as the Monaco Dance Association of which he remains International Dance Director and English Dancesport Association (DSE).
He is Honorary Life President of WDSF Professional Division and Honorary Life President of DSE. He currently sits on the governing Presidium of the WDSF.
Much of his time today is spent in mentoring highly talented couples and younger teachers to develop their skills.
During their career Peter & Lynn won the “grand slam”of titles including:
- United Kingdom, International, British, European, World Cup and World Championships as both Amateurs and Professionals and most in both Ballroom Latin categories on many occasions, as well as the Ten Dance category.
- Blackpool Invitational Exhibition (Theatre Arts) Champions. Many still consider some of their performances to be amongst the most memorable and exciting in competition history.
- Two Carl Allan Awards presented respectively by HRH Princess Margaret and their Serene Highnesses Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco.
- BDF Presidents Award.
- The Bill and Bobbie Irvine Award.
Note from Peter.
Peter is often referred to as a Legend – something he doesn’t accept. “I think it’s ridiculous, not to mention very bad taste to think of yourself or describe yourself as a legend” If people are generous enough to confer certain accolades on you it is something to be earned not demanded and hopefully is received with humility and thanks. Not arrogance and insistence. Peter congratulates Inspiration 2 Dance on this great project and in particular thanks and admiration to Viktoriya Wilton.