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.