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Butlins Inventive Dance Winners

The Butlins Inventive Dance winners. Classical winner, Diamond Tango, Barry Earnshaw and Beverley Mutch-Fowkes. Modern winner, Platinum Quickstep, arranged by Barry Earnshaw and Beverley Murch-Fowkes. Latin winner, Fairfield Rumba, arranged by David Howker and Deborah Catlow.



2018 Inventive Dance Competition Dates and Venues

Here are the dates and venues now confirmed for 2018 Inventive Dance Competitions – we hope to see you there. All events will provide one dance in each style, classical, Latin and modern sequence, except the ISTD event, which will provide classical and modern sequence dances only this year. 

Sunday 14th January 2018 – NCDTA

Venue: Lancastrian Suite, Dunston, NE11 9JR

Sunday 18th March 2018 – NATD CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW

Venue: Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre, Nursery Avenue, Sandiacre, NG10 5AE

Saturday 31st March 2018 – North of Britain

Venue: The Floral Hall, The Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ

Sunday 22nd April 2018 – ISTD

Venue: West Park Leisure Centre, Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton, NG10 4AA

Sunday 20th May 2018 – ADA

Venue: Ellesmere Port Civic Hall, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0AZ

Sunday 17th June 2018 – BATD

Venue: The Floral Hall, The Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ

Saturday 30th June 2018 – IDTA

Venue: The Floral Hall, The Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ

Sunday 5th August 2018 – BDC

Venue: Hermitage Leisure Centre, Silver Street, Whitwick, LE67 5EU

Saturday 15th September 2018 – ISDC

Venue: The Spa Bridlington, South Marine drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH

Sunday 7th October 2018 – Butlins

Venue: Hermitage Leisure Centre, Silver Street, Whitwick, LE67 5EU

Monday 22nd October 2018 – Blackpool Festival

Venue: Empress Ballroom, The Winter Gardens, Blackpool, FY1 1HL

Sunday 4th November 2018 – Ada Unsworth Memorial

Venue: Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, GU16 6PT

Sunday 2nd December 2018 – UKA

Venue: Marine Hall, Fleetwood, FY7 6HF







Mark Webb and Emily Hunt

Mark and Emily are local to each other living in the Black Country and are members of the IDTA Midlands area board. Their first competition was at the IDTA Congress meeting in July, 2017. In their second competition, at the British Dance Council, they won the Modern Sequence Section with ‘Winscar Waltz’ in August 2017.

Mark – Has been dancing socially and competitively for over 35 years and qualified with the IDTA in 2003. He has competed in several forms of dance at high levels including holding 2nd and 3rd place in the UK Rock ‘n’ Roll Championships, part of the World Championship Freestyle team, represented the United Kingdom in the World Ballroom formation team Championships. Now running a successful dance school, Saturday night social dances and holidays. He is currently the secretary for the IDTA Midlands Area, and has delivered numerous lectures, including most recently a Rock ‘n’ Roll lecture at the IDTA Congress. He also owns his own busy dance shop in Sedgley.

Emily – Emily has been dancing socially and competitively for over ten years. Competing in open competitions at high levels all over the UK reaching several finals at Blackpool. This includes dancing for the ‘Rest of England’ Team several times.  Qualifying as a Student in Classical with high marks, receiving the ‘Bill Task Award (2010)’. Then when Emily Qualified at Associate level with the IDTA in Classical she was also nominated for the ‘John Dilworth Award’. Emily also has degree in ‘Professional Dance Development’ from Buckinghamshire New University. 

Barrie and Janette Greenall

Barrie and Janette begand dancing when they attended a sequence beginners class in 1994 with John and Diane Free, also taking Ballroom and Latin Lessons for social enjoyment until their teachers moved back to their family roots in Scotland. They then began running a weekly social dance for all the friends they had made over the years.

Looking to improve the experience for their dancers they progressed to receiving ongoing tuition from Roy and Elaine Sharpe. They first qualified with the BATD at Associate Level in Modern Ballroom in 2011, then went on to Associate Latin in 2012 and Classical Sequence in 2013, Membership Ballroom in 2014 and Membership Latin in 2017.

Barrie has a small engineering company and still works full time, Janette part time in the office. The have two social dances each week at St Matthews Parochial Hall, Pemberton, Wigan.

Sunday Social 8 pm to 11 pm

Wednesday Class 7.15 pm -8.30 pm, intermediate ballroom, Latin and sequence followed by Social dance 8.30 pm to 11 pm.

Barrie and Janette can be contacted on 01942 271144




Alan and Eunice Lam

Alan and Eunice Lam qualified as dance teachers in January 2016 with NCTDA. They started competing in the Inventive Dance Competitions in April the same year and won their first event in July 2016 with the Tambora Mambo.

Alan and Eunice originally came from Hong Kong and were married in 1985 at Newcastle Upon Tyne, where Alan had qualified as a dentist.

They have danced since year 2000 in Modern Jive and Salsa and danced Ballroom and Latin since 2004. In 2011 they began entering open competitions, trained by Jean Hodgkinson, and won many major open competitions including, Social Dancers of the year at Southport, Over 35 years Classical Sequence Title at Blackpool, winners of DPA Sequence National League 2014/15 and Le Classique de Danse Award, before retiring in 2015.

Alan and Eunice run regular sequence dances throughout the week in the Newcastle and Gateshead areas and provide classes for adults:-

Thursday Sequence Dance at Dunston Community Centre 1.15 – 3.30pm

Collingwood Terrace, Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE11 9DU

Where all the latest dances are included on the programme and all 3 winning dances are taught


Monday and Thursday Night Ballroom and Latin Classes at Kibblesworth Millennium Centre, Grange Terrace, Kibbleswoth, Gateshead. NE11 0XN


For more information please contact Alan 07989024162 or Eunice 07970205858

George and Janet McDonald

George and Janet McDonald began Sequence Dancing in 1986 as a social form of dancing together and thoroughly enjoyed the whole social and friendly experience from the beginning. Wanting to gain more expertise they trained and qualified in Modern Ballroom in 1995 with BATD adding further qualifications in Classical, Country and Western Line Dancing and Club Latino.

George and Janet have taught modern ballroom continuously since they qualified until the present encouraging many of their ballroom dancers to take up sequence dancing as well. They have trained a large number of ballroom and sequence dancers through to professional qualifications many of whom now teach classes themselves.

They hve organised dance holidays in the past for groups of their own dancers as well as being leaders for a number of dance holiday companies and hotels. They have competed in Inventive Dance Competitions since 1996 winning in the past with Harmony Foxtrot, Lilac Lady Tango in the Classical Section and very recently with their Wicked Waltz in the Modern Section.

They continue t oprovide ballroom classes weekly in Renfrew and modern sequence in Paisley as well as a range of tea dances for the West of Scotland Housing Association which includes some participants with learning difficulties.

For further information about any of the above please contact us on 0141 886 1565

Social Sequence Dance Night and Competition Day – Sunday 2nd September 2018

Our Speedwell Rooms event will be held on Sunday 2nd September 2018 and from 5.30 pm there will be a social sequence dance night with MC’s Steven Shaw and Helen Blackburn. Tickets £5 each.

The event includes open classical/modern sequence dance competitions during the day for children, and adult competitions during the afternoon. Tickets £11 in advance or £13 on the day.

Tickets available from February 2018. Call 0113 273 6885 for more information

Speedwell Rooms Sequence Dance Night

Speedwell Rooms 2013

Speedwell Rooms 2013

Speedwell Rooms 2013 - young competitors

Speedwell Rooms 2013 – young competitors

Peter and Yvette Harris

Peter and Yvette Harris

Peter & Yvette Harris Both started dancing in 1996, after Yvette’s mother and father introduced them to sequence dancing on a holiday to Scarborough.

They started going to sequence dancing on an evening and learnt a mixture of old and new sequence dances.  They then attended Anne Thompson’s dance academy where in 1998, Yvette Qualified in Classical Sequence with N.C.D.T.A.

They ran a number of dances and dance holidays and in 2011 Peter Qualified for his A.U.K.A.P.D.T. Sequence Dance qualification.

They decided to enter inventive dance competitions and won there first new dance competition with the Moonbeam Mambo in 2014.