Past Inventive Dance Competitiors

Past Inventive Dance Competitors

David and Jayne Harwood – see their website click here

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.

Martin Bird and Sarah Ward Jones. click here

Karen Kelly & David Belshaw met in 1985 when they joined the Whitley Bay Alletsa Old Time formation team, becoming twice British Old Time Formation champions, representing the North East on Come Dancing, and Great Britain in the World Showdance. They turned professional in 1991 and had their first win at their first inventive dance competition with the Jasmine Foxtrot in 1993. For more details visit

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.

Jim and Hazel Wake. Jim and Hazel first qualified in 1963 with the ISTD and became fulltime dance teachers working at the Top Rank Victor Sylvester Studios in Gateshead. They began sequence dancing in 1998 after they retired and started to enter inventive dance competitions.

They won the Blackpool Sequence Dance Festival new dance competition in 2002 with the Tynedale Quickstep and have had other winners during their career.

Although they don’t run their own dance night they currently go out dancing two or three nights each week in and around their home town of Newcastle

Eric and Lynda Dodd –  have been Dancing for 25 years. They progressed from Medal Tests into Social Competitions before moving into Senior Amateur Competitions, being trained by Jack and the late Joyce Briggs of Bradford. They achieved top six placings in both Classical and Modern Sequence Sections at the British Championships at Blackpool and turned Professional with the UKA in 2002.

They run two successful Modern Sequence Dances in North Hykeham, Lincoln on a Tuesday and Thursday evening, and are also available for Private Lessons. They have been guest MC’s at several events.

Lee Dudman and Andrea Kilgour: Lee and Andrea have known and worked together over a number of years and decided to compete in the Inventive Dance Competitions to get back on the dance floor. Although Lee will be remembered mainly as a successful ballroom dancer, he was also British Junior Modern Sequence champion with his partner, Rachel Turnbull. Andrea, with her partner Darren Park, competed mainly in the Sequence field and was British Amateur and Professional champion, and Classique de Dance and Carl Alan Award winner.

Lee is one of the principle’s at the Dudman School of Dance in Newcastle upon Tyne, alongside his mum, Linda, and wife, Natasha. The school covers all branches of dance, as well as theatre.

Andrea teaches in Berkshire and Yorkshire, and focuses mainly on competitive work and specialist choreography. She is one of the teachers of the 2008 Amateur Sequence Champions, but has also spent time working with people with learning difficulties to enjoy music and dance.

Both were thrilled to win at the 2008 October Sequence festival and look forward to competing again in the future.


Barry Earnshaw & Beverley Murch-Fowkes return 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.

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Dorothy Hudson and Hilary Kershaw – Dorothy and Hilary were a new competition partnership in 2007. Dorothy previously competed in inventive dance competitions and has now returned with a new dance partner, Hilary. Hilary retired from running a very busy medalist school in 2000 and now enjoys running sequence dances

Michael Stevenson started sequence dancing in 1985 and qualified in Classical Sequence with the IDTA in 1987. He ran classes for 21 years in the Stoke on Trent area, but retired at the end of 2005

He competed in inventive dance competitions from 2005 until 2008 with Ann Brown. Their first win came at the end of 2005, with Abi’s Jive at the UKA competition and their second win came in June 2006 at the BATD competition, with Barbara’s Waltz, so named in memory of Ann’s mum.

Michael retired from inventive dance competitions at the end of 2008.


Edwin Vickers has been a qualified dance teacher for over 20 years. He first competed in inventive dance competitions in 2003, with his partner at that time, Beverely Murch Fowkes, and they were successful with many winning dances, including the very popular Blue Angel Rumba.

Edwin retired from competitions at the end of 2006 and still enjoys social dancing with his wife Ann.

Ian Rowe competed in inventive dance competitions from 1998. He qualified in 1996 and works full time and retired from competitions in 2006.

Valerie Gilligan competed in inventive dance competitions from 1998 until 2006.

Valerie started Old Time dancing at the age of 4 until the age of 16 and following a short break returned to dancing and turned professional at 28. She now runs a busy dance school at the Polish Social Centre, Back East Street in Bury teaching dancers of all ages.

She has a Sequence class each Wednesday afternoon, 1 pm – 3.30 pm where she teaches a selection of the latest dances.

Kevin Page & Valerie Lawsare a brother and sister team who are qualified with the NATD & ISTD and have their own Dance Premises situated on Khyber Pass, Whitby, North Yorkshire. They have 2 spacious ballrooms with refreshments and a licensed bar.

Both are fully qualified in Ballroom, Latin & Classical and are Examiners with the NATD. Other winning dances include the Khyber Quickstep, Resolution Rumba, Tango Regatta & Endeavour Waltz.

Kevin and Valerie run sequence classes on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Evening social ballroom and sequence classes are available. Further details are available by phoning 01947 604 516

John & Maureen Dack have been competing for many years and are the arrangers of the Golden Quickstep, Sarahs Waltz and Sandringham Saunter to name a few.

They teach Modern Sequence Dancing and hold regular dances on the following days-

Monday : Welcome Hall, Ilkeston – 10.30am to 12.30pm (including the teaching of the new dances)

Basford Miners’ Welfare, Nottingham- 7.45 pm -10.15 pm

Tuesday : Coronation Hall, Toton – 7.45pm – 10.15pm
Thursday : Coronation Hall, Toton – 7.45pm – 10.15pm
Friday: Welcome Hall, Ilkeston – 7.30pm – 10.00pm

To find out more about John and Maureen’s classes and dances call 0115 913 2118

David Smith and Karen Smith are a mother and son partnership who started entering Inventive Dance Competitions in 2004. They are the arrangers of the Inverary Tango and the Silver Springs Foxtrot. Their busy lifestyle as you will see below prevents them from entering many of the competitions but they are pleased with their success so far.

They are full time Dance Teachers and along with David’s Dad & Karen’s Husband Michael run a very busy Dance school in Hereford, called Allseasons Dance & Leisure Studios. The business began life in 1990, running classes and private lessons teaching Ballroom, Latin American, Freestyle, Classical, Sequence & Line Dancing. In 1998 they purchased their own Dance Studio Premises in Friar Street, Hereford.

Karen and Michael are Licentiate Members of the I.D.T.A and the U.K.A.P.T.D and enter candidates for Medal Tests at regular intervals throughout the year. David is Fellow and Examiner for the U.K.A.

David as many of you will know is also an accomplished keyboard and Theatre organ player. He has produced a number of CD’s and both of Karen and David’s winning dances were performed to music from two of these. The CD’s can be purchased from David’s web site www.dsmda.comand you can email David on 

David also travels all over the country playing for Dancing, so if you are looking for an organist for a future event then do not hesitate in giving him a call. He also teaches in the Basingstoke and Maidenhead area.

For more details on what Allseasons Dance and Leisure have to offer please visit our website

Michael and Angela Hayton –  visit Michael and Angela’s website click here

George and Janet McDonald- George and Janet have been qualified dance teachers with the B.A.T.D. for 14 years and have competed in Inventive Dance Competitions for 12 years. A previous winning dance was the Harmony Foxtrot along with the Lilac Lady Tango. Both of these dances were named after minature porcelain shoes that Janet collects, each shoe having a distinctive name.

Sequence Dance Classes are held
Tuesday at Johnstone Castle Community Centre, Johnstone, Renfrewshire – 1.30 -3.30 pm.
Wednesday at Brediland Community Centre, Paisley – 1.30 – 3.30 pm

Beginners Ballroom, Beginners Sequence Classes and Private Lessons, in both, are also available in Renfrew Town Hall, Renfrew. Please contact us on 0141 886 1565 or log onto for further information. Details are also available regarding Kingshill Sequence Dance Holidays in which they are also involved with as Dance Leaders.

John and Pauline Stringfellow started sequence dancing in 1980 and qualified as dancing teachers in 1998. They currently provide sequence dancing on:

Monday- Modern sequence night 7.30 pm to 10 pm, Landmark, Pleasley

Wednesday- Modern sequence night 7.30 pm to 10 pm, Regency Ballroom, Market Place, Sutton-in-Ashfield

Friday- mixed sequence 8 pm to 10.30 pm, Glapwell Centre

for more details contact John and Pauline on 01623 811008

Malcolm and Liz Preskey – Liz and Malcolm started sequence dancing in 1993 as company for their neighbours at an Adult Education class run by Jean and Roy Hopkinson at a local school. The neighbours soon gave up but Liz and Malc pressed on regardless after the first hysterical weeks.

They qualified in Modern Ballroom in 1999 with the Allied Dancing Association followed by Classical and Latin in 2001 and 2004 respectively with the UKA.

They were overjoyed to get their first win in such a fabulous ballroom as the Spa at Bridlington with live music. Hopefully it might not be the first and last.

They lead and teach the new dances on Wednesday evenings at Shirland Village Hall between Alfreton and Clay Cross. 7.30pm to 9.45pm


Kay Fairgrieve and Emma Johnson – Visit for more details