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Past Presidents

Frances Dawson

I am Frances Dawson. I started my career by teaching for my mentor and example Jean Johnson for 16 years. Leaving Jean and opening my own Studio took me along a new path, with advent of Saturday Night Fever and Disco Dancing.

I trained many champions in Solo's, Couples, Trio's and my favourite, Teams. I was thrilled to receive 3 Carl Alan Awards for my achievements in Freestyle. I was present at the inaugural meeting of the ADFP, and have been an active member ever since.

I became an Examiner in the NATD, and served as President from 2002 to 2004.

On the Ballroom and Latin scene, I've won the Supreme Teachers Award at the Stars of The Future in 1993, and have been collecting awards, at this event, to the present day.

I still run a thriving Dance Studio in Birmingham, located in a multicultural area, where kids from 2 to 92 can realise their dreams.

In 2003, 2011 and 2012, I received a Lifetime Achievement Awards, from the ADFP.

Frances Dawson


Yvonne Gilmore

I have had a wonderful career, firstly dancing professionally in England and then travelling the world presenting Cabaret with my husband at the most prestigious hotels and theatres. We were mainly in the East and later in Africa and Europe.

Upon returning, I opened my first dance school, breaking away for four years to read Maths and Education. After graduation, I resumed teaching and I was appointed examiner. I became the Northern area representative on the Council and have served as a Council member ever since.

People say that dancing is no career. I beg to differ, I started with the NATD at nine years of age and I'm still proud to be part of the National.

Yvonne Gilmore