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UKA Inventive Dance Winners

The UKA Inventive Dance winners. Classical winner, Bathams Blues, Graham and Avril Watkins.  Modern winner, Bella Foxtrot, arranged by Adam Bynert and Bethany Rushby. Latin winner, Alpha Jive, arranged by Barry Earnshaw and Beverly Murch-Fowkes. Fun dance, Highland Fling (Swing) arranged by John and Anne Rainey. 




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




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.

14 January 2018 – Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association

Additional Information: Competitions open to members of all professional dance associations affiliated to the BDC. Limited tickets will be sold on the day, but seats cannot be guaranteed. Tickets and/or tables of 10 persons or more maybe booked through the NCDTA General Secretary, 2 Southlands, Stockton Road, Ryhope, Sunderland. SR2 0LS. Prize money £150 per winning dance and £25 per couple all finalists. Closing date 19 December 2017 email dance names to Details and rules from General Secretary 0191 2682372. Scripts available £1 each following teaching session.

Venue: Lancastrian Suite, Dunston, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE11 9JR

Doors open:  8.45 am (Pros/members) 9.15 am (non members)

Competition starts: 10.00 am

Finish time approx: 7 pm

Admission: available to all

Ticket Information:
£12 each – NCDTA members £4 each

Contact: Cora Ann Leonard on 0191 268 2372 for tickets and to enter dance names. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope, cheques payable to NCDTA Ltd.  Closing date is 19th December 2017

Teaching of new dances: same day

Food Available: refreshments available to purchase. Only alcoholic drinks purchased on the premises may be consumed.

Parking: free

2018 Winners

Classical Winner – White Rose Gavotte

Arranged by John and Ann Rainey

Music: Larry Green. Cheek to Cheek. CDTS 193. Track 21 “My One and Only Love”

Latin winner: Charnwood Cha Cha Cha

Arranged by Ellen Harrison and Kelly Sloan

Music: Larry Green. Hats off to Larry. Track 14 – Moves Like Jagger

Modern Winner – Forever Foxtrot

Arranged by Graham and Avril Watkins

Music: Gunter Noris – Requests 5 – WRCD – 5018 Track 11 S’Wonderful

2017 Winners

Classical Winner – Speedwell Saunter

speedwell saunter

Arranged by Ellen Harrison and Kelly Sloan

Music : Richard Keeling , CD Rebel Heart, Track 16 ‘Gee Baby’

Latin Winner – Butterfly Jive

Butterfly Jive

Barry Earnshaw and Beverley Murch-Fowkes

Music: Cliff Richard, CD Just Fabulous Rock & Roll, Track 2 ‘ Butterfly’

Modern Winner – Leo Quickstep

Leo Quickstep

Barry Earnshaw and Beverley Murch-Fowkes

Music: Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart. CD Elegant Dance Vol. 3.

2016 Winners

Classical Winner – Teesdale Tango

Ellen Harrison and Kelly Sloan

Music: No Time Like Old Time – Track 6 – Autumn Leaves

Latin Winner – Rivelin Rumba

Neil and Lesley Marshall

Music: Larry Green – Cheek to Cheek – Track 10 ‘Kingston Town’

Modern Winner – Buckingham Quickstep

Stuart Perry and Beverly Howard

Music: Larry Green – Have A Nice Day – Track 2 – ‘C’est Magnifique’

2015 Winners

Classical Winner Washington Tango

Neil and Lesley Marshall

Neil and Lesley Washington Tango

Music: Hisao Sudo, Elegant Dance Volume 4: Track 3 ” He’s a Pirate”

Latin Winner – Star Ruby Rumba

Stuart Perry and Beverly Howard

Stuart and Beverly Star Ruby Rumba

Music: Ronnie Ross – CD Instrumentally Yours CDTS 206 – Track 6 La Playa

Modern Winner – Tango Tyrell

James Hatton and Lauren Phillips

James and Lauren Tango Tyrell

Music: Ultimate Ballroom Collection CD2 Track 15: “The Capricciosa”

2014 Winners

Classical Winner

County Gavotte

Neil and Lesley Marshall


Latin Winner

Sunstone Cha Cha Cha

Stuart Perry and Beverly Howard


Modern Winner

Sapphire Tango

Stuart Perry and Beverly Howard


2013 Winners

Classical Winner:

Tiger Eye Tango


Stuart Perry and Beverly Howard

Music: Empress Orchestra – Blackpool My Blackpool – The Music Now and Then 1 WRCD 5035 CD1- Track 27 Ecstasy

Latin Winner:

Rumba Serenata

Barry Earnshaw and Beverley Murch-Fowkes

Music: Hugo Strasser Die Tanzlatte 1991 LC0193 Track 5 ~ Insime

Modern Winner:

Syracuse Waltz

David Belshaw and Karen Kelly

Music: Empress Orchestra – By the Ballroom Clock – CD 1010125 – Tracl 6  Waltz of My Heart