interview with Andy and Kelly Kainz
thanks for all the great questions you sent in for Latin
American dancers, Andy and Kelly Kainz. They
had great fun answering them and I'm sure we would all
like to thank them for taking time out from a very busy
schedule to do so.
picked the following question as the winner of the Spotlight
competition, so congratulations to Rachel Angus, age 13, from
who won the fantastic prize of 60
minutes of private tuition with the couple.
you always the best in your class and if not is there any
hope for people who start late or are not the best?
Angus, Bradford, age 13
When I went to stage school I was never actually aware of
being the best or the worst in my class, but I was quietly
confident in myself and my ability and always worked hard
and achieved good grades in my exams. Starting to dance from
an early age is the ideal situation as with anything you learn
and absorb a lot more when you are young but the most important
quality to have is determination and work hard along with
it. If you possess both, even if you start later in life,
then success is definitely still possible the question is
how much do you want it? It’s not necessary how good
you are. The best natural dancers don't always become the
best and most successful dancers in the end.
Andy for example started when he was 16 years old after a
successful football career.
here are all your other questions...
type of dance should I start with if I want to be a backup
dancer for pop stars such as Stevie Brock, Aaron Carter, Jamie
Lee Hoffman or even Greg Raposso? I do hip hop now. I have
performed in talent show finals at the state fairs and county
fairs and I just love performing. It would be an honor to
meet you and I am determined and won’t give up on my
follow your dreams of becoming a backup dancer you have started
out along the right lines. You will benefit from taking as
many classes in a school to give you a wide scope on your
talents as a dancer. In London, for instance, Pineapple studios
would be a great place as they also have regular auditions
and produce a lot of successful dancers. If you are not in
school then you will have to find a school that caters along
the same lines to give yourself a chance of being taught by
the best people. They only thing I would say is - don't limit
yourself or your possibilities by narrowing what you want
to be just to be a backup dancer. Become a dancer first and
see where it takes you. People might have to be backup dancers
for you. Good luck!
you a real couple out of dancing?
Yes we are married and have been together for over 8 years.
It is hard when you spend your lives together 24 7. When you
argue in practice you can't bring it home or it just would
not work. We have a good relationship, which is very strong
outside dancing and that means there is a good foundation
to enable us to cope with the stresses and constant workloads
of our dance life together.
did you become dancers? Because I want to be a dancer, got
any tips for me please.
Preena Shah, London, age 15
Kelly started when her mum took her to a toddlers dance class
when she was 3 years old. She continued through her teens,
changing style along the way but feels that all the styles
of dance she has learnt have helped her to become the dancer
she is today. Andy started when he was 16 years old when his
mother sent him to learn to dance for his end of school ball.
He liked it very much and continued and the more he got involved
the less time he had for his football career, which eventually
he gave up but never regretted his decision. You need to find
a good school, which has good teachers and learn as much as
possible. Practice as much as possible and believe in yourself
but you must be able to take criticism as there is quite a
lot and you have to accept it and make it drive you on more.
is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you as
Kim Novak, London
When we danced at the Open British Championships in Blackpool
Kelly's bust cup came loose and fell onto the dance floor
so she thought she would kick it off the floor underneath
some seats but when she kicked it she missed and kicked fresh
air. On her second attempt the cup took off right into the
face of a judge.
introduced you to each other and what made to want to stay
Melanie Short, Hampshire,
Our one thing in common was a dance teacher called Margaret
Redmond. She was Kelly's teacher and Andy's teacher in Austria.
Kelly was without a partner at the time and she suggested
we should give it a go together. So Kelly moved to Austria
when she was only 18 years old without even having a try out
or knowing Andy. It is crazy really but I trusted my dance
teacher and she did not let me down. We got on very well and
never looked back since. It was the best decision we both
When you were young did you think
dancing would take you this far?
No idea. I just love dancing. I did it all the time at home,
in school and after in dance schools. It was in my blood like
a bug. Looking back I would have thought I would stay dancing
in a stage school and then honestly I had not thought of it.
When I started Latin American it was the same story. I enjoyed
doing it but still did not know it would be something I would
end up doing professionally. It was just a natural progression
and it only started to become more serious as I was an amateur
doing very well did I think - Yes I could become a professional.
No not at all. It started off as a bit of a laugh in dance
school. But as I got more successful I became more determined.
here are a few questions from us at young-dancers.org…
Latin American couples did you admire when you were younger?
Nicola Cranshaw with Chris Johnston, as they were in my school
and a bit older and Shirley Ballas as she is also from Liverpool
(Kelly). I used to like Paul Killick when I started off (Andy).
Kelly) How many competition outfits do you own?
I have a complete show wardrobe, which consists of 5 different
outfits. The competition outfits are sponsored to us by a
company called Danscouture London-Moscow and I have a new
outfit for every big competition, which would be anything
from 5 to 10 dresses a year. I have to sell the outfits afterwards
so I normally wear the dress once and then sell it so I don't
have all of them at home in my wardrobes.
is your exercise regime to keep you fit for dancing?
We go to the gym 4 times a week doing different circuits for
strenght and stamina and we both swim. We realise that it
is a very important part of dancing to be fit and bodily strong,
which creates a healthy mind.
hope you enjoyed this Spotlight Interview. Many thanks to
Andy and Kelly and all the people that emailed their questions.