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Andrew Davies and Clare Rushby

Andrew Davies and Clare Rushby ~ Andrew started dancing in Classical Sequence when he was 8 years old. He got straight into the open competitive circuit, and went on to win every major title in his juvenile and junior careers. Having qualified with the UKA, he now teaches full time in many styles of dance and fitness at Burroughs Dance Centre, based in Weston-super-Mare.

Clare Started ballet and tap when she was 4 years old. Over the first few years of her dancing life, she branched out into other styles, competed in medallist competitions and later had the opportunity to compete in the open competitive Classical Sequence circuit as a juvenile and junior. She was a British juvenile championship runner up, and was a junior finalist. Since leaving school, Clare started work as a full time fitness instructor within her family’s business. Recently qualifying with the UKA, she teaches at Rushby Dance and Fitness in many styles of fitness and dance.

Andrew and Clare’s partnership formed in May 2014, soon winning their first inventive competition with Rumba Gold. They would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the warm welcome into the inventive circuit, they are thoroughly enjoying learning new things and embarking on new challenges.

NCDTA Inventive Dance Winners

The NCDTA Inventive Dance winners. Classical Winner – Hugo Swing, arranged by Paul and Caroline Dellar. Modern Winner – Schnyder Waltz, arranged by David Howker and Deborah Catlow. Latin Winner – Aussie Cha Cha, arranged by Brett Liam McIntyre and Lauren Charlotte Phillips.

Social Sequence Dance Night and Competition Day – Sunday 6th September 2020

Our Speedwell Rooms event will be held on Sunday 6th September 2020 and from 5.30 pm there will be a 50/50 social sequence dance night with MC’s Steven Shaw and Helen Blackburn. Tickets are only £5 each.

The event also 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 now. 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

2020 Inventive Dance Competition Dates and Venues

Here are the dates and venues now confirmed for 2020 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 Latin sequence dances only this year. 

Sunday 12th January 2020 – NCDTA

Venue: Wallsend Memorial Hall, 10 Frank Street, Wallsend, NE28 6RN

Sunday 16th February 2020 – West of Britain

Venue: Euphoria Dance Studio, 22 Marston Lane, Bedworth, CV12 8DH

Sunday 15th March 2020 – ISTD

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

Friday 10th April 2020 – North of Britain

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

Sunday 17th May 2020 – ADA

Venue: Whitby Sports and Social Club Ballroom, Dunkirk Lane, Chester Road, ELlesmere Port, CH65 6QF

Sunday 21st June 2020 – BATD

Venue: Crowne Plaza, Glasgow

Saturday 4th July 2020 – IDTA

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

Sunday 2nd August 2020 – BDC

Venue: TBC

Sunday 16th August 2020 – ABD

Venue: Festival Hall Leisure Centre, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, NG17 7DJ

Sunday 13th September 2020 – NATD

Venue: Festival Hall Leisure Centre, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, NG17 7DJ

Monday 19th October 2020 – Blackpool Festival

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

Sunday 1st November 2020 – Ada Unsworth Memorial

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

Sunday 6th December 2020 – UKA

Venue: TBC







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

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.