John 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