Category Archives: Competitors

Andrea Wortley and Tracey White

Andrea Wortley and Tracey White both have their own dance schools.

Andrea started dancing at a young age, and has competed at both local and national level for many years, deciding to take her professional exams almost 20 years ago, and now devotes her time to dance as a teacher, coach, examiner and adjudicator.

Having worked through all the Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship qualifications in Ballroom, Latin, Classical Sequence and Freestyle, she is now a proud teacher and  Examiner with the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association) and a member of the North East Area Committee.

Andrea’s passion for dancing is very much evident in all classes and she strives to pass that same love on to every one of her clients.

Visit Andrea’s website here

Ray Fenton-Storey and Lissia Giles

Ray Fenton-Storey and Lissia Giles – Ray has danced nearly all his life and began at the age of 5 with what was then known as Old Time, and first competed aged 8. He started teaching at age 16 and qualified at 17, as an Associate with the IDTA in 1970 and with the ISTD in 1975. Ray was trained mainly by John Knight and Peggy Spencer, with further training when teaching for Josephine Bradley and later Bill Phillips. He has since qualified at Licentiate level in Latin, Classical/Old Time, Freestyle, Rock& Roll, Line Dance and Viennese Waltz and is now a Fellow in Modern Ballroom, with both the IDTA and UKA. Ray is a licensed championship adjudicator.

In 1996 Ray trained two teams for the All England Under-16 Disco Formation competitions where they achieved 1st and 4th places. He first started entering Sequence Inventive competitions dancing with his wife, Bridget, and they had several winning dances including the ever popular Let’s Jive and then Peppercorn Jive. Having worked together for 20 years, in time Bridget needed 2 hip replacements so Ray now dances with Lissia as his regular competitions partner . Ray runs dances where he teaches the latest dances. He also gives private lessons in Ballroom, Latin and Sequence at all levels from beginners through medalists, to coaching competition dancers and training candidates for professional qualifications.

Lissia started dancing at the age of 3 with Ken Bateman, in Slough. Having gained all her medals in Ballroom and Latin she first qualified with the IDTA in 1999, aged 17, as an Associate in Ballroom. Lissia later met Ray through one of the sequence clubs and then trained with him to gain her Associate in Classical/Old Time. She is now continuing with training for her Licentiate in Ballroom. In 2003 Ray invited Lissia to partner him in Sequence Inventive competitions, initially dancing his own arrangements. She then progressed to entering her own dances achieving her first win in 2005, with the Seaside Salsa. Lissia independently runs her own classes in Sequence, Ballroom and Latin.

Ellen Harrison and Kelly Sloan

Ellen-Harrison-and-Kelly-SlEllen Harrison and Kelly Sloan – Ellen and Kelly started dancing as children at the T&D Morgan School of Dancing, who specialise in sequence dancing, taking medals and entering medallist competitions.

Ellen qualified with the NCDTA some years ago, with Kelly following more recently. After attending the NCDTA inventive dance competition for many years, they took up the challenge and entered their first competition in January 2007.

They then won their first competition later that year with the Crossway Cha Cha Cha at the UKA event. They have also had other successes, including the popular Mambo Marina.

For further details contact: Ellen 01325 261834 or Kelly 01325 356412 or visit www.kellendance.co.uk

 

Stuart Perry and Beverly Howard

Stuart Perry and Beverly Howard –Stuart started dancing during the 1960’s by going to beginners classes with his parents, which then progressed to taking medals through the IDTA. He qualified as a professional dance teacher with the IDTA in the late seventies. 

Beverly started dancing by taking medals in ballroom and latin. This then led to an interest in theory and teaching which she completed in 1996 with the IDTA.

Stuart and Beverly have been friends for many years and decided to enter their first inventive competition together in October 2006, achieving their first win in February 2007 at the ISTD – the Imperial Foxtrot, followed by the ever popular Gershwin Foxtrot and the Amethyst Waltz.

Stuart and Beverly run Sequence dances on:-

Tuesday night (only a selection of new dances are taught here) at the Post Mill Centre, Market Street,
South Normanton, Derbys DE55 2EJ, 7.30 pm – 9.45 pm

Friday night at All Saints Church Hall, Blackwell Road, Huthwaite, Notts. NG17 2JT Times are 7.30pm – 10.00pm

They also run Sequence Dancing Holidays in the UK.

For any information please contact Stuart 07743 322317 Beverly 07910 849339

John and Ann Rainey

John-and-Anne-RaineyJohn and Ann Rainey first got together on Easter Sunday 2010 at the Floral Hall, Southport and spoke about entering the Inventive Dance competitions together. They met up a few weeks later for their first practice session and their first competition was the B.A.T.D. event in Aberdeen.

Their first win together came at the N.C.D.T.A event held in South Shields during January 2011. They won the “classical” sequence section with the Southdowne Saunter – this being the name of the hotel they stayed at during their visit to the I.S.D.C. festival at Bridlington.

Romance blossomed and they became engaged in early December 2010. They married in September 2012.

John has danced since the age of 10 and has competed since the age of 13. He is qualified at Fellowship level in Classical Sequence, plus Membership in both Ballroom and Latin, and he is now an Examiner with the B.A.T.D.  He is the B.A.T.D. delegate on the Sequence Advisory Committee and in June 2019 became a member of the Executive Council of the B.A.T.D.  John and Ann are also members of the N.A.T.D.

Ann has danced since 1995 and is qualified at both Associate and Membership levels in Classical Sequence and Ballroom branches as well as qualified at Associate level in Latin American. John and Ann run a Sequence dance every Monday which includes the teaching of all new dances at Gargrave Village Hall. They also run a Popular Sequence Dance on Friday evenings at St. Peters Church in Crosshills.

To contact them please call 07840 806698, or 01756 749867 or visit website www.gargravedancing.webnode.com

 

Ian & Sue Webster

Ian-and-Sue-WebsterIan & Sue Webster : Sue started dancing at the age of 2, with tap & ballet. Ian started at the age of 12 with Ballroom, Latin and Old Time. They met at and were trained by the late Bob Dale. Ian qualified in 1959 and Sue a few years later, and are qualified in Ballroom, Latin, Classical, Freestyle, Rock and Roll.

They have trained formation teams, and on one occasion won with their Junior 4 couple formation team at the Butlins Filey Dance Festival. They run a small, but busy Dance School in Ashton-under-Lyne Lancashire.

Sequence dances are held Monday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings, along with private lessons, tea dance & beginner’s classes held during the day & early evening.

Their involvement in Inventive Competitions started in 1992, and since then they have been successful with over 60 prize winning dances, including Sweet Bay Salsa, Bramble Bossa Nova, Mulberry Glide and The Alpine Stroll.

More information. Contact No. 0161 330 0909

Barry Earnshaw and Beverly Murch-Fowkes

Barry Earnshaw & Beverley Murch-Fowkes returned to inventive dance competitions in 2007. Barry is enjoying competing again and is qualified with the ISTD, UKA and BATD. Barry is the former British Amateur and Professional Classical Sequence Champion and teaches Modern Sequence each week at Bedworth Liberal Club in Nuneaton from 7.30 pm. Beverley runs an afternoon dance at Silverdale Community Centre – Thursday: 1.30 to 3.30 pm and Monday 2 pm to 4 pm at Ruddington Village Hall each week.

Ray Fenton-Storey and Lissia Giles

Ray Fenton-Storey and Lissia Giles – Ray has danced nearly all his life and began at the age of 5 with what was then known as Old Time, and first competed aged 8. He started teaching at age 16 and qualified at 17, as an Associate with the IDTA in 1970 and with the ISTD in 1975. Ray was trained mainly by John Knight and Peggy Spencer, with further training when teaching for Josephine Bradley and later Bill Phillips. He has since qualified at Licentiate level in Latin, Classical/Old Time, Freestyle, Rock& Roll, Line Dance and Viennese Waltz and is now a Fellow in Modern Ballroom, with both the IDTA and UKA. Ray is a licensed championship adjudicator.

In 1996 Ray trained two teams for the All England Under-16 Disco Formation competitions where they achieved 1st and 4th places. He first started entering Sequence Inventive competitions dancing with his wife, Bridget, and they had several winning dances including the ever popular Let’s Jive and then Peppercorn Jive. Having worked together for 20 years, in time Bridget needed 2 hip replacements so Ray now dances with Lissia as his regular competitions partner . However, Bridget did return to dancing and together they continue to hold regular Sunday morning sessions teaching all the new sequence dances. They also run 3 clubs, organise and host many dance holidays, and Ray frequently gives lectures. He also gives private lessons in Ballroom, Latin and Sequence at all levels from beginners through medallists, to coaching competition dancers and training candidates for professional qualifications.

Lissia started dancing at the age of 3 with Ken Bateman, in Slough. Having gained all her medals in Ballroom and Latin she first qualified with the IDTA in 1999, aged 17, as an Associate in Ballroom. Lissia later met Ray through one of the sequence clubs and then trained with him to gain her Assoclate in Classical/Old Time. She is now continuing with training for her Licentiate in Ballroom. In 2003 Ray invited Lissia to partner him in Sequence Inventive competitions, initially dancing his own arrangements. She then progressed to entering her own dances achieving her first win in 2005, with the Seaside Salsa. Lissia independently runs her own classes in Sequence, Ballroom and Latin and is involved with a local group of adult handicapped people.

Tony and Tina Higgins

Tony and Tina have been dancing together socially since the early 1990s, mixing both ballroom and modern sequence.

Tony qualified in ballroom with the ISTD in 2016 and both qualified in latin in 2018, again with the ISTD.

They entered their first competition in February 2019 and achieved their first win in March 2020 with the Blue Peter Swing at the ISTD event.

Tony and Tina run a weekly sequence tea dance on Wednesday afternoons at Asfordby Village Hall (near Melton Mowbray) from 1:30 to 4:00pm and teach all winning dances. They also hold a monthly sequence dance in Great Casterton (near Stamford).

For more information telephone 01664 454229 or 07864 833577

 

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.

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 a degree in ‘Professional Dance Development’ from Buckinghamshire New University. 

Peter and Yvette Harris

Peter and Yvette, 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 their first new dance competition with the Moonbeam Mambo in 2014.

Paul and Caroline Dellar

Daisy Saunter - CopyPaul 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.

They run busy sequence classes on Tuesday and Friday evenings with occasional Saturday evening dances.

David Howker and Debbie Catlow

David-Howker-and-Deborah-CaDebbie 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 has been competing with David since 2011.