Neil and Lesley Marshall
Neil and Lesley Marshall, qualified as Dance Teachers in 1977 and ventured into the world of Inventive Dance Competitions in 1978. Their remarkable journey culminated in their first inventive win in 1979, which marked the beginning of a legacy that includes over 50 award-winning dances, such as the beloved classics “Rumba Loui Ann,” “Kennies Waltz,” and the popular “Rivlin Rumba.”
Both Neil and Lesley developed a deep-seated love for dance from a tender age, rooted in families with a rich dance tradition. Destiny brought them together in 1974 at the prestigious Blackpool Sequence Dance Festival.
Neil’s dance education was honed under tutors Jack and Joyce Briggs, allowing him to enter the world of open competitions. He became a member of their formation team at the age of 15, and won the prestigious Carl Alan Award appearing on the iconic “Come Dancing” show for several years.
In addition to their contributions to the dance world, Neil made significant charitable efforts. He raised thousands of pounds for the Prostate Cancer UK charity, leaving a lasting impact beyond the dance floor.
While Neil has sadly passed away, Lesley continues to carry the torch for their shared love of dance by hosting a weekly sequence dance every Monday evening. Lesley is also an adjudicator, holding qualifications in all three dance branches, and is also a certified scrutineer.