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.
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 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 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 & 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.
Paul and Caroline Dellar: Paul and Caroline have been teaching Modern Sequence dancing together since 1990. Caroline danced ballet from a very young age and then changed to Old Time
dancing at the age of 10 and competed up to junior level to the age of 16.
Caroline qualified in Old Time with the UKA to membership level in 1984 and then in ballroom with the IDTA to Associate level in 1998, Latin Associate level in 2000 and ballroom Licentiate level in 2003. Paul was a late starter and only took up dancing socially when he met Caroline until he qualified in ballroom with the IDTA to Associate level in 1998 and then ballroom Licentiate level in 2003.
Paul and Caroline have just entered their first two inventive dance competitions and won with the Eternity Waltz at the NATD competition and the Daisy Saunter at the Butlins Southern competition.
They run busy sequence classes on Tuesday and Friday evenings, monthly Saturday evening dances and quarterly Friday evening dances with live music. They also run annual dancing holidays with David Last.
Ian and Leah Hardaker – Ian started ‘Old Time’ dancing at the age of 10 and began competing at the age of 14. He danced in Junior and Amateur competitions in the 1960s and appeared for ‘The North’ on Come Dancing just after his 21st birthday in 1968. He gave up dancing completely a few years later until 35 years on he and Leah met in 2006.
Leah had started ‘Beginners’ dance classes only 18 months earlier. They began dancing socially with the Morgan School of Dancing in Darlington, but soon entered the competition world in late 2007.
They progressed quickly with the Thomson Dance School winning the British Senior Modern Sequence Title at Blackpool in 2009,10 and 11 and were also runners-up in the Classical Sequence Championships in the same years. They retired from competitions in July 2012 and were married in August of the same year.
They qualified as Professionals in January 2013 and in their 2nd inventive dance competition, won with their classical Tango Tenuta at the NATD competition in March 2013.
David Howker and Debbie Catlow – Debbie started to dance as a child entering Classical sequence competitions. She qualified as an Associate with the UKA in Ballroom in March 2007 and started competing in inventive dance competitions in 2009. She had been competing with David since 2011 and runs a sequence dance once a month at Padiham Town Hall, near Burnley, 7.30 pm to 10 pm.
Lee Dudman and Linda Dudman: Lee and Linda are a mother and son partnership. Lee will be remembered mainly as a successful ballroom dancer, he was also British Junior Modern Sequence champion with his partner, Rachel Turnbull.
Both are principle’s at the Dudman Academy of Performing Arts in Newcastle upon Tyne, alongside Lee’s wife, Natasha. The school covers all branches of dance, as well as theatre.