Category Archives: Competitors

Lee Dudman and Linda Dudman

Gemini Rumba - CopyLee 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.


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


Stuart Perry and Beverly Howard

Stuart-Perry-and-Beverly-HoStuart 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 more recently the Amethyst Waltz amongst others.

Stuart and Beverly run Sequence dances on:-

Tuesday night at the Post Mill Centre, Market Street,
South Normanton, Derbys DE55 2EJ, 7.30 pm – 9.45 pm

Friday night at Basford Miners Welfare, Goldcrest Road,
Basford, Nottingham NG6 8PT 7.45 pm – 10.15 pm

where all the latest dances are included on the programme and all 3 winning dances are taught. 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 & Ann Rainey – John and Ann 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. In 2016 he was appointed as a Probationary Examiner with the B.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. She runs a Sequence dance every Monday which includes the teaching of all new dances at Gargrave Village Hall. There is also a monthly dance held at the same venue on a Saturday.

To contact them please call John on 07840 806698, or Ann on 01254 822058 or visit website


Neil and Lesley Marshall

Neil-and-LesleyNeil and Lesley Marshall qualified as dance teachers in 1977 and started competing in the Inventive Dance Competitions in 1978 and won their first inventive in 1979. Having now had over 50 prize winning dances, including the very popular Rumba Loui Ann, Kennies Waltz and Key Quickstep they continue to compete at all the major events.

Neil and Lesley have danced since a very early age, both coming from dancing families, and met in 1974 at the Blackpool Dance Festival.

Neil trained with Jack & Joyce Briggs and danced open competitions. He joined their formation team at the age of 15 to 28 and the team won the Carl Alan Award and appeared on Come Dancing for many years.

Neil and Lesley run regular sequence dances throughout the week in the Grenoside and Stannington areas of Sheffield and provide children’s dance classes each Saturday.

They also teach new dances at the ISDC Humberside area one Sunday each month, which they have done for the last 25 years. They are also guest MC’s at major events in the year.

Both are adjudicators, qualified in all three branches and are qualified scrutineers. To find out more about Neil and Lesley’s sequence dances telephone 0114 2337290

David and Rita Harrod

David-and-Rita-HarrodDavid and Rita Harrod are new comers to the inventive dance circuit and started Sequence dancing socially simply for enjoyment.

Having both qualified in 1998, David took early retirement and they are now competing at many of the competitions and running sequence dances locally in Blackpool.

Tuesdays: Cleveleys Senior Citizens Associaion Hall, Victoria Road, West Cleveleys. Modern Sequence 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Wednesdays and Saturdays: St Marks Church Westcliffe Drive, Layton, Blackpool opposite the Windmill Public House. Modern Sequence 7.00pm – 10.00 pm. Thursday morning class 10.00am till 12.00 the week following the new dance competition for teaching of the prize winning dances only.

Saturday Sequence beginners class 10.00am – 12.00 noon
Monday afternoon Popular and Social Sequence.

St Christophers Community Centre, Hawed Side Lane, Blackpool.
Dance instruction Mondays 12.30pm – 1.45pm. Monday social dance 2.00pm – 4.15pm

Friday mornings teaching class followed by social dance to include dances taught 10.00am – 12.45 pm

Programme subject to change.

David and Rita are also resident Dance Hosts for: Pontins at Blackpool for Golden Break Holidays in Spring and Autumn I.O.W Tours selected dates – contact I.O.W. Tours Tel 01983 405116 and Trouville Hotel, Sandown, Ise Of Wight. Tel 019834 402141

If you are visiting Blackpool or the North West why not pop along to meet them. Contact David and Rita on 01253 356 284

Louise and Robert Aldred

Robert_&_LouiseLouise and Robert Aldred both began dancing at the age of 3, Robert training with Joan and Lewis Wilson, Louise competing firstly as a juvenile in Classical Sequence and then as a junior and youth in Ballroom and Latin becoming one of the country’s leading competitors in these fields. Their first meeting was at a dance competition and they were married two years later.

They first entered into inventive dance at the British Dance Council competition at Stoke-On-Trent which they won with the Countess Waltz. This was later to become a Championship dance along with one of their more recent prize winning dances, the Washington Two Step.

They are both Championship Adjudicators and have lectured for most of the Teaching Associations. Robert is a Fellow of both the NATD and ISTD, recently being invited to sit on the Sequence Faculty of the latter.

Louise and Robert are co-principals of a busy dance school near Nottingham. They teach Ballroom, Latin, Sequence, Line Dancing, Salsa, R&R and Freestyle covering all levels including social dancers, medallists, competitors and professional tuition. The school is an ISTD approved Dance Centre offering QCA recognised graded examinations and qualifications.

Contact (0115) 9384688 for further information.

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

Steven Shaw & Helen Blackburn

Steven-Shaw-and-Helen-BlackSteven Shaw & Helen Blackburn  danced in Inventive Dance Competitions from 1999 to 2012 and  had 103 winning dances together. Their popular dances include the Feta Foxtrot, Tayside Tango, Saunter Shiraz, Hamilton Swing,  Trafalgar Two Step 2012, Glastonbury Glide, Valentina Cha Cha Cha and Ventura Waltz.

Before moving into the inventive dance arena Helen won both the British Amateur Modern Sequence and the British Professional Classical Sequence Championships and is a triple Carl Alan Award recipient. She previously wrote the ‘Sequence’ pages for ‘Dance Today’ magazine and with her husband Steven they are triple Classique De Danse award winners and both received the Carl Alan award in 2013 for their Outstanding Classical Sequence Partnership.

They are qualified in Ballroom, Latin and Classical sequence and are Championship adjudicators. They are available for private tuition at all levels, including beginners, and run a Modern Sequence Dance each Thursday at Ossett War Memorial Community Centre in West Yorkshire. Throughout the year Steven and Helen also organise Modern Sequence Dancing holidays nationwide.

If you would like more information contact them direct on 0795 7423 875