I started dancing at a very young age after one of my consultants at Great Ormond Street hospital, in London, suggested to my parents it would good physio for me, for a rotation disability that I was born with. I danced under Maguire O’Shea Academy until I was 16, when I started helping teach classes. Although competing wasn’t my passion, teaching certainly was.
I took my TCRG examination in 1996, at the same time as marrying my husband, Guy McCoig-Lees. I started the McGahan Lees Academy straight away, with Guy’s support. I was lucky enough to have some very loyal students from the beginning and became quite a successful school quickly.