Olympic swimmer, Adam Peaty, swapped his goggles for ballroom dance shoes at Nottingham studio, ‘Summers in Time’, alongside Strictly professional Katya Jones.

“We had to keep everything hush hush,” revealed Sarah Summers, the director of the studio.

Sarah has said her studios doors are open to any couples wanting a space to rehearse, just like Katya Jones and Adam Peaty did in 2021.

The admission comes as the Strictly Tour 2024, is set to entertain local audiences. The tour will be at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham from February 6 until February 8.

Photos of Sarah Summers and her dance partner, Stephen Summers.

“They worked very hard. They were in most days of the week,” said Sarah Summers when speaking about the pair that came ninth place in the seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The ‘Summers in Time’ dance studio.

Sarah Summers comes from a long line of dancers, her parents and even grandparents used to compete on the dance floor.

In fact, her ancestors are the ones who set up ‘Summers in Time’ which has become the longest running dance studio in Nottingham.

                              “We know Anton Du Beke well, my husband has competed against him”
– Sarah Summers

Sarah has spent her life at the studio and was successful, competing with her now husband, Stephen Summers.

Together they have won three world titles and met many of the Strictly Come Dancing judges and professionals whilst at competitions.

“We knew Anton Du Beke well, my husband has competed against him,” said Sarah.


Sarah Summers on her achievements as a competitive dancer.

Sarah and Stephen were competing until the UK was forced into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

That is when they decided to focus on nurturing talent at the dance studio.

“We have had the best time travelling the world, we have been all over competing, but now it is time to give back,” said Sarah.

‘Summers in Time’ dancers performing at Disneyland.

Sarah said she was glad she made the decision; her team have even been to Disneyland to compete.

Whilst ‘Summers in Time’ offers a range of dance styles for budding dancers to get involved in, Ballroom and Latin seem to be the most popular.

“Programmes like Strictly Come Dancing help. The show has made the style more attractive to young people,” said Sarah.

Dance classes at ‘Summers in Time’ for up-and-coming dancers:

  • Lyrical on Mondays.
  • Freestyle on Mondays or Tuesdays.
  • Latin & Ballroom on Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays.
  • Street on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays.
  • Ballet on Thursdays.
  • Cheer on Thursdays.

As well as a selection of classes for adults too.

The studio has changed location since Adam and Katya learnt to cha-cha-cha there.

They used to be based above the homeless charity, Emmanuel House, on Goose Gate.

They moved after it was decided the space should be used to provide emergency accommodation for the homeless.

Despite the move, their new home in Arnold still attracts the stars, with the annual pantomime often using the space to rehearse.

Sarah Summers does not mind what style of dance people do in her studio, as long as she can support local talent.

“The studio is open to anyone to use it, the more styles of dance we have in, the better,” said Sarah.

Whether ‘Summers in Time’ will see any more Strictly stars this year, Sarah says we will have to wait and see.