Rosie Abela is Azure Ultra’s Charter Specialist, and has been working with Azure for about a year. So what does she enjoy the most about her job? Certainly meeting and talking to people. Azure Ultra offers a fantastic opportunity for people to spend the day on a luxury Sunseeker, and Rosie loves hearing all the stories from Azure Ultra clients and guests. It always makes her happy to hear what a wonderful on-board experience they’ve had, which makes her wear a smile to work every day.
“Plus the people I work with are the best – you don’t get better than that.”
What does Rosie like to do outside of work? Dancing would be her number one passion, followed by cars. Rosie and her husband own two classic cars: a Chevrolet Camaro 1978 5.7 V.8, which they bought as their wedding present, and an Escort Mk1 1971. They attend as many classic car shows as possible, mainly during weekends.
Rosie has been dancing since she was six years old – that’s forty years ago! Having started with Latin American and ballroom, at the age of twelve she turned to disco dancing. As a fifteen-year-old, Rosie was a cheerleader for the “Hammers” Speedway team at the Arena Essex Raceway. Later, she went on to learn line dancing and opened Little Gems, her own Essex-based children’s dance class. Little Gems raised money for a children’s charity, and regularly gave performances in homes for the elderly and at party celebrations in the park. An amazing experience Rosie fondly recalls is when the ITV news channel in the UK, seeing how talented the children were, decided to feature Rosie and some of her little students in a television interview.
Shortly after she began to attend modern jive classes, and soon started teaching this popular dance style. She then went back to Latin and ballroom classes with her new teacher, Strictly Come Dancing UK champion Karen Hardy. Rosie has been lucky enough to dance with Brendan Cole, Vincent Simone, and most of the male dancers who appeared on the Strictly show. She also performed for Karen Hardy in the presence of some of the Strictly stars, which she describes as yet another memorable experience.
Rosie then felt she needed to try salsa, and became more involved in other Latin American dances such as merengue and bachata. This was where her heart lay. She couldn’t get enough of dancing salsa, and quickly proceeded to do her dance teacher exams with the UKA (United Kingdom Alliance Teachers of Dance), which she passed ever so successfully.
Rosie also went on to do the PPTLS (Preparing Teachers in the Lifelong Sector), achieving the highest level (Level 4). She continued to pursue her passion for salsa, and in 2009 she became a World Champion for the IDF (International Dance Federation) with the Great Britain team in Barcelona. This she feels was the greatest achievement a dancer could aspire towards. Joining the Warrior Queens, she even won first place in show dance and came fifth in Cuban salsa – a dream come true for Rosie.
Rosie began to assist the salsa company she worked for in writing a BTEC examination in dance, becoming an assessor as a result. Her love of dance and music also led her to become a licensed Zumba trainer, holding successful classes in London and performing in masterclasses with trainers from the US.
So what it is that Rosie likes so much about this hobby? It’s the music, socialising, meeting new people, and the fact that it helps keep her fit.
Rosie says she was “only” a dancer and instructor on a semi-professional basis, as she was still working full-time as an office manager. She still loves to dance; in fact, she has just started again and convinced her husband to join her too. They go once a week to rock ‘n’ roll jive and party nights, which are a lot of fun.