Scott's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Australia 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Melbourne, Victoria AUS

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

SCOTT CUPIT

Founder/Co-Director
Swing Patrol

“I think when you're young enough you can take risks and ask yourself, 'What's the worst thing that could happen?'”

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre Entrepreneurship

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Family Goals Hobbies & Pastimes Individualism Risk Regrets

FOUNDATION:

Working with Others

TAGS:

banker, being obsessive, comfort zone, dancing, drive, self expression, something more, swing dance

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He enjoyed his work as a corporate banker, but he sought an environment where he could really make a difference and express himself.
  • His mother showed him an article that showed that most retired people wished they'd taken more risks in life.
  • While traveling through America with his brother, they stumbled upon big band music and swing dancing.
  • Instantly drawn to the energy of the music, the people, and the steps, he made a New Year's resolution to learn how to swing dance.
  • After he had a good knowledge of the dance, he started teaching lessons.
  • He started Swing Patrol, which is now the world's largest swing dancing school.
  • His love for swing dancing is contagious-his classes grew from 23 people on the first night to over 200 people after eight weeks.
  • Says you need to be a little bit obsessive to build something special; if you get that little pulling feeling inside, you should follow it and devote yourself to it.

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