Who Are Dance Afloat?

The Dance Afloat Agency was established in 2001 by Ballroom and Latin American dance champions, and professional dance instructors, Debbie & Kevin Snashall.  Both Debbie & Kevin began their love of Ballroom and Latin American Dancing back in the 1970’s and they trained together at the Ipswich School of Dancing.

After several years competing in Amateur competitions both decided to undergo extensive training to gain their professional qualifications.  As well as teaching and partnering young children and adults to compete as they had in previous years, Debbie and Kevin continued competing on the professional circuit.  Amongst other titles, Debbie won the Professional All Ladies Latin American and Ballroom titles several times, while Kevin won the coveted Pierre Trophy twice and the Professional Ballroom Basic and Standard 5 dance trophy a total of seven times.

In 1999 Debbie & Kevin were given the opportunity of a lifetime when they accepted the role of Resident Dance Instrictors onboard Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch cruise ship. 

During their time onboard they gained all the knowledge and experience required to know exactly what was expected of Dance Hosts and Instructors alike.

Sadly, in 2003 a horrible twist of fate saw Kevin fall ill and in October 2005 Kevin sadly passed away at the young age of 42.

Knowing how much Kevin enjoyed teaching people to dance and his love of the sea, Debbie decided straight away to continue to grow Dance Afloat and to date she still continues to teach on cruise ships herself.


What we do

Primarily, Dance Afloat provide Dance Hosts, Host Couples, Dance Cabaret Acts and Professional Dance Instructors to cruise line and holiday companies for short-term working holiday contracts. We mediate, allocate and supply to the needs of cruise line or holiday companies, while continually seeking to grow our client database of talents and sociable entertainers, keeping the world dancing.

We have expected standards that go beyond professional qualifications and experience. Confident socialising, excellent manners and good fitness are essential. Ideally, you would have an inherent love for dancing, or entertaining, and should not view your responsibilities as purely a job.

Sailing to exciting destinations on a luxury vessel is a regular availability for Dance Hosts, Host Couples, Cabaret Acts or Pro Couple Instructors.

All of the cruise companies we supply have Dance Host programmes for working holiday travel, so you do not pay for your Cruise. You will be representing our agency as well as the cruise line with any work contracts that we offer, so we expect very best efforts and of course, we are here to support you at all times. 

Cabaret Acts and Pro Couple Instructors will be paid a fee for any work undertaken. You will also be expected to conduct yourself with great professionalism at all times as you will be representing Dance Afloat as your placing agent aswell as the cruise line you are working for.

All Dance Hosts, Host Couples, Dance Cabaret Acts and Professional Instructors are interviewed, auditioned and selected by the Company Director herself, to ensure Dance Afloat provide a first class service and good competent standards of dancing, tuition, partnering and entertainment.



Help is here

What is a Dance Host?

What do they do?

What are the required qualifications?

Below are the basics, but maybe visit the FAQ page here to read more.

We also offer training workshops, experience days, plus consultancy to provide full support. 

You will be required to have a good social standard of dancing in Ballroom, Latin American and the popular Sequence Dances.

All hosts are required to be polite, sociable and well groomed.



Aswell as having the same requirements as a Dance Host, Host Couples are also required to be able to offer a Beginners Dance Class.

During your audition you will be asked to show your teaching ability in a role play scenario. 

Professional Instructors are required on cruises of longer durations where there are lots of sea days to hold classes.

A sound knowledge of teaching all levels of dancer is needed for these types of contract and it is an advantage if you can offer other types of classes i.e. Sequence, Salsa, Line Dancing etc.

An audition to show your teaching ability is required.

Cabaret Dance Acts will need to apply with CVs and showreels.


Whatever your dance experience do not feel out of your depth with a new adventure into cruising

If you love to dance you have that talent already and we can provide training workshops to assist your journey into working holidays.

Whether you would like to be a Dance Host or a Dance Host Couple we are here to help you in any way we can.

Getting in touch with us is the first step to take, which comes without any commitment.

Our consultancy supports your development with the aim that you will get to host on those beautiful cruise ships and see the world whilst doing what you love, dancing!