Miss Eileen Meacock MBE
Miss Eileen Meacock MBE , founder of our school, past President and Patron of the NATD, was gracious enough to arrive personally at our presentation ceremony on Saturday 28th January 2017 at The Richmond Academy of Dance, Richmond, Surrey . The children were awestruck by her celebrity smile and sunshine happiness and gladly lined up to meet our ’star’ guest of honour to receive their Eileen Meacock awards. Many selfies and photos were taken and the children and parents were delighted to meet the remarkable Miss Eileen Meacock herself !
Miss Angela Rippon CBE
The NATD were delighted to see that one of our most distinguished Patrons, Miss Angela Rippon, was awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list. Miss Rippon has made outstanding contributions to charitable work and in particular in the field of Alzheimer's and dementia. Warmest congratulations to her from the NATD.
NATD Contemporary in Vietnam
Harita Stavrou and Annette Hufton have recently returned from Ho Chi Minh city where NATD Contemporary work was introduced at the request of the Vietnamese Arts and Education (VMA) in an intensive course over a week.
The work was received with great enthusiasm and resulted in the successful examination of 6 Associate teachers, who will now deliver the syllabus in local schools.
The warmth and generous hospitality of our hosts made us very welcome and the students were delightful - Harita is now expert at counting up to 4 in Vietnamese!
Our thanks and congratulations to everyone involved with the project and we hope to build on this course in the future so that the work will expand to other areas.
Christa Udell in Hong Kong
NATD’s Christa Udell has returned from Hong Kong and reports a very successful completion of examinations on her visit.
Attaching some lovely photos here, Christa says “A pleasure to examine and to be there for and with the NATD. Great talent and lovely people. Walter Wat takes such pride in his work with and for us. Walter and everybody have been just wonderful! Thank you Hkbdc Dance. Thank you, Walter and thank you NATD.
40th. Anniversary for North East Area
Well done and thank you, to all who attended our successful Social Ballroom Competitions on Sunday 16th October 2016 in Whitby. A great atmosphere as usual and a high standard.........raining outside..... but we didn't mind.
A Celebratory Cake was made by Richard Evans for the Area's 40th ANNIVERSARY and shared with all our competitors and parents. Thank you to Kevin Page and Valerie Laws for their continued high energy and commitment to the Area.
Also thank you to Committee members... Richard Evans, Chris Colebrooke, Kerrie Page and we welcome new member Julia Trillo. We couldn't do this without the help of Area Members Tom Cross, Alan Shaw and Marion Smith from LP Dance Centre.
Thank you to our adjudicators John and Ann Rainey and scrutineer's Robert and Louise Aldred, plus stand in adjudicators Karen Chevalier and Jacqueline Naylor.”
London Area Roadshows 2017
Masterclasses in Ballroom, Latin, Street & Performance as well as essential First Aid, Business Boosters and much much more!
Coming to a County location near you very soon!
Visit the area webpage www.natdlondon.co.uk for the latest details.
Exams in Malaysia
NATD Theatrical exams recently took place in Malaysia with pupils examined by Judith Lockwood-Urban. She writes of her experience "I was recently invited to examine in Malaysia for Miss Tham and Miss Dass. I was met at the airport by Mr Henry Chan who made me feel very welcome, and was there to see to my every need. I cannot thank them enough for their such friendly hospitality and concern for my welfare. I was given sightseeing tours and beautiful meals and I cannot thank them enough for all the care and attention. The schools were a pleasure to examine, so well groomed and so welcoming- I would truly like to say thank you to them all for being such wonderful hosts, especially to Henry for organising a fabulous trip. I bring back many pleasant memories that will stay with me for a very long time."
Pictured below is Judith Lockwood-Urban with some of the pupils she examined, as well as Ashwini Kumar, who took her Advanced 2 Modern Exam in the session.
An Audience With Craig Revel Horwood
The NATD 2016 Congress gets started in style as we kick off with An Audience With Craig Revel Horwood, NATD Patron and star of the BBCs Strictly Come Dancing. The evening, hosted by the wonderful Angela Rippon (another of our Patrons) takes place on 19th August 2016 and promises to be highly entertaining with Craig discussing his life as a dancer and his rise to stardom on Britain's best loved dance show. Tickets are priced at £25 and can be bought by calling the NATD office on 01635 868888.
And why not make a full weekend of it? Come to one of the many lectures taking place over Congress weekend or join us for our fabulous Dinner Dance. Visit our dedicated Congress 2016 pages for more information.
Gold Cross Trophy
A very belated congratulations to Joan Riley, who recently received her Gold Cross Trophy.
Her son, David Riley, told us a little bit more about why this trophy is so special (and so late)! He wrote "Thank you so much for arranging the 'belated' (!) Gold Cross Trophy for my mum. It was so special to see how much it meant to her after a gap of over 70 years. And also for it to be as part of her 90th birthday celebrations! Mum (Joan Chadwick, was her maiden name) was born in Rochdale in 1926 and started dancing when she was 3 years old. She took up ballroom dancing aged 13 in 1939 which was the start of WW2."
In 1926 when she was born, the General Strike had been going for 2 weeks and the Great Depression started when she was 3 years old. All her dance lessons would have been throughout the years of the black out as she learnt to dance from 13 years of age to 17 years of age, right through the war. Her ballroom dancing lessons were at the Rochdale School of Dancing, which was on Yorkshire Street at that time.
Her dance teacher was Harold Toothill, who was also the owner of the School, and under his guidance she took, and passed, her Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for which she has her medals. As you say they are heavy and solid metal ! She passed her Gold Cross examination with a score of 98/100 in July 1943 and got her certificate but not her medal, the reason being that all the metal at the time was going to build armaments for the war effort.
The medals were promised but after the war I am sure other priorities existed for the country. Mum was offered the opportunity to become a professional dancer by the owner of the dance school but at that time family circumstances meant she had to decline.
Congratulations and a bleated Happy 90th!
Highams School of Dancing
Congratulations to Ellie Mae Maguire who successfully auditioned to become part of The Chelmsford Ballet Company. Well done Ellie Mae.
Medallist of the Year Qualifying Heats
Blackpool fever has hit the NATD London Area. The Spectrum, Guildford was the venue recently for the last qualifier event in the run up to the Medallist of the Year event to be held in Blackpool in October, and there was a real determination from over 15 schools to ensure this last opportunity to qualify was not in any way wasted.
With a record 1200 tickets sent out to the participating schools and a record number of entries, this colossal building bulged at the seams from 8.30 in the morning until close to 11 at night, with people battling through round after round of competitions.
Praise must go to the London Area committee for hosting such a great event, and for having the insight for being so committed to both the medallists and school principals, and not being too afraid to “think out of the box” so to speak in many aspects.
The unstinting work of Area secretary Trudi Sheppard in the run up to the event was plain to see by the impeccable smooth running throughout the day, and the compare for the day James Prouton keeping everyone motivated. The music was presented faultlessly by the wonderful Alan Waite.
Moving forward the London Area will be running 4 qualifier events in anticipation of the 2017 Grand Finals, as well as a full schedule of masterclasses region-wide so that ALL NATD schools will have the chance to benefit from the latest trends in dance technique and style as well as skills and tools to help the area’s all important “grass-roots” teachers and schools to promote, engage and develop their pupils and businesses. These events will be funded from the money generated by running the medallist events.
More details will follow, and the updated information can always be found on the area website www.natdlondon.co.uk or email chairman Phil Meacham firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medallist Examinations North Wales
In April 2016 Promenade Dance Centre held their annual medal tests. They had a super day and examiner Mrs Dawn Bartlett (Birmingham) came along to mark all candidates. Her and her husband had a lovely time in North Wales.
The Dance Centre has been running full time for 18 years (Sharon a full time teacher for over 35 years with The National) and has trained many hundreds of people of all ages and standards from social to competitor/ teacher. Run by Sharon and Geoff Thursfield, originally from the West Midlands, they are both Fellows of the Association (HC) and have trained in the Midlands, north Yorkshire and Wales. It was a truly pleasurable day with enthusiasm and excitement had by all.
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
Congratulations to Emma Reeve on collecting her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award from St James's Palace. Emma started the scheme in year 9, seeing her complete camping expeditions, service, skill and physical sections for each award.
A residential volunteering week was an extra requirement in achieving the Gold award.
Throughout all the awards Emma was able to apply dancing to achieve the physical and the service sections, using her lessons in ballet, tap, modern, ballroom, latin and freestyle and assisting younger pupils in class time to complete the criteria.
Since completing the Gold award Emma has qualified at Associate level in both Freestyle and Ballet with the NATD and is now helping new bronze D of E candidates who attend the dance school to achieve their physical and service sections. A great role model for them to follow! Well done to Emma! All your hard work and commitment has certainly paid off!
KK Dance held their annual charity event at Lutterell Hall, West Bridgford, in support of Autism East Midlands. The event, which included dance routines, a raffle and a bake sale raised a fantastic £500 which will go towards the set-up of ‘hubs’ to support children with autism and their parents. The school members, who chose the charity themselves, each received a certificate with their name on it in recognition of their achievement. Well done to all involved.
Turn to Dance
We finally had time for our presentation party & linked it in with a new brand/name for my dance school 'Turn to Dance'. It was a great afternoon/party, the children (& parents) had a ball.
Claire Hall School of Dancing
I would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to Miss Peggy Payne who came along to my Presentation Showcase to present all of the awards and medals to my adults and children. Peggy also did a fab-u-lous job judging our ‘fun’ adult and child ‘cha cha cha’ competition, it was wonderful to see lots of parents and grandparent take to the floor to give it a go!
Peggy is a great inspiration to anyone wishing to learn to dance and gave a lovely speech at the end of the evening.
Thank you so much Peggy, from Claire and everyone at the dance school.