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Northern Area Annual Workshop Day

What a fantastic diverse day of inspirational workshops we had at the Northern Area back in October.

Thank you so much to our lecturers David Needham (Classical Ballet), Dougie Yolland (Commercial), Helen Vidotti (Lyrical) & Caramel Soldier (House) for giving us your time & sharing your vast knowledge in your field it was a pleasure to watch you work with our talented Northern Area students.

Congratulations to Emily Sharples who was the first winner of our Jean Geddes Memorial Award & a huge pat on the back to all students nominated by the days lecturers for this brand new Northern Area annual award to celebrate the work of a truly inspirational teacher, examiner, lecturer & friend Miss Jean Geddes. 

It was lovely to be able to celebrate with Miss Joan Lawrence on her 90th Birthday! This lady has been at the heart of our area for many years, giving us so much of her time it was nice to give something back on a special day. 

Massive thank you to all who supported our annual AGM & Workshop day, it was a joy to watch our Northern Area students working so hard & responding so positively to our wonderfully diverse lectures. 

Finally we’ll leave you with the quote of the day from Birthday girl Miss Joan Lawrence ‘for a long & happy life, don’t smoke & keep dancing!’ Wise words!


Nov 2017





 Oct 2017



  Oct 2017



Ballet Music to Download


Our Ballet Set Music Cds 7 and 8 are now availble to download from our online shop. To order, visit, click on Online Shop, Music Collection.

Pay for your order and by return you will receive an email with a link to allow you to save the music tracks as MP3 to your chosen device.

Sept 2017





Lease for sale


Well established dance studio, teaching ballroom and Latin-American.

Purpose built studio with 19 metre x 10.75 metre sprung maple floor and licensed bar.  Classes every weekday evening, plus social dance every Saturday evening.  Private lessons at other times.

The dance studio is situated in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, just north of Junction 25 of the M25. If interested, please contact Head Office on (01635) 868888 and we will pass your details on.


 Jul 17  


 Anglian Area Workshop Day



The Anglian Area workshop day was enjoyed by all. There was a great atmosphere and everyone clearly enjoyed each other’s company. I was delighted to welcome new people and also it was wonderful to have contemporary dancers join us.

The first workshop was given by myself on how we use our anatomy in Latin dance.  I explained this by breaking it down into pixels.  Watching everyone at the end of the lecture was a delight seeing dancers putting my teaching into action.  More importantly, knowing that they understood and gained something to take away with them that they will be able to apply to their own classes and students.

The second workshop was by Mr Keith Allen, variations in Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango. Keith demonstrated his choreography to music and then taught it breaking it down so that everyone could pick it up.  I know everyone enjoyed Keith's routines which he taught with effortless ease, showing his grounded knowledge as a dancer and teacher with great personality and style.

Finally we had our ' Bollywood freestyle' workshop given by myself.

I explained to everyone the benefits of how this is a wonderful way of keeping fit, how the routine also exercises every part of our anatomy.  I demonstrated this to music with my daughter Katie.  All were keen to get up and learn it!  We really did have some fun too, ending with me choosing the best male and female Bollywood dancer!  Next time I must remember a couple of trophies!

A successful, productive fun day was had by all. Looking forward to our next Workshop day 15th October.

Helen Jessop Anglian Area Chairperson.    


Apr 17       



Dance School for Sale in Warwickshire 


DANCE SCHOOL FOR SALE due to pending retirement of Principals (after 35+ years of teaching). Based in Warwickshire. Adult classes & private lessons in Ballroom, Latin American, Modern Sequence & Line Dancing, plus social nights (could possibly be split). Large hired room with ample private parking, good wooden floor, licensed bar. Currently teaching 3-4 nights a week and with scope to expand. We are looking for a reliable & enthusiastic teacher(s). “Goodwill” required but can be discussed. Interested parties please e-mail your details to 

 Apr 17



 Malaysia Examinations by Mrs Cecilia Whitmore


I travelled to Kuala Lumpur during the February half term to examine at the Karen Barnes School of Dance, always a pleasurable experience.  Karen met me at the airport on a balmy afternoon, which was lovely after the cold at home!

We had 4 days of very well prepared examinations and medal tests.  I saw every grade in every genre up to and including advanced 1 and advanced 2, quite an undertaking.  I saw excellent work throughout, including some breathtaking modern work. so interesting and inventive in the student and advanced grades.  I also examined 2 associate ballet professionals who were very well prepared.  I have to compliment Karen on the high standard of presentation and grooming.  We had medals on the last day, which was a delight as the work and costumes were outstanding.

This year Karen has moved to a new studio, which is in the garden of her home, a really lovely setting with more space and excellent facilities, with the sound of running water in the background it certainly had a calming and cooling effect on the proceedings.

As this was a long session with lots of student and professional work to examine we didn't have time for much sightseeing, but Karen is so hospitable and took me to some fantastic eating establishments; Kuala Lumpur is a very exciting place to visit.

All too soon, I was travelling home and joined  on the aircraft by Dhanushkaa Naidu (pictured) and her mother, who came to the UK to join in classes at the Academy Of Northern Ballet School for a taster.  They have invited her to   return in the summer for two weeks at  their summer school.

I arrived home to sunshine, but still very cold, however I have warm memories of my time in Petaling Jaya at the Karen Barnes School of Dance.


April 2017



Kuwait Examinations

Contemporary Dance Examiner, Harita Stavrou, with teacher Claire Findley and some of the happy (and slightly nervous)  ballet candidates in Kuwait for the first NATD Theatrical examination session last weekend.



17 April 2017



NATD Dancesport Medallist Competition - Malaysia



Mar 2017  


Inventive Dance Competition

Congratulations to the winners of our 2017 competition held in Whitwick.

From left to right:

Eric & Lynda Dodd - Morton Mambo - Classcal Latin Section

Eric & Lynda Dodd - Caistor Quickstep - Classical Modern (Ballroom) Section 

Barry Earnshaw & Beverley Murch-Fowkes - Paradise Blues - Classical Sequence Section

Mar 2017


Contemporary Course success


Another wonderful weekend of Contemporary Dance was completed on Sunday 26th February in Burton on Trent. This course, run by (Harita Stavrou, NATD Fellow and Examiner), proved so popular it attracted teachers from Cyprus, France & Malta!

Further Contemporary Courses are planned for 2017.

Pictured with NATD President Annette Hufton and Harita are proud participants from the both the Grades and the Vocational Course days.



 Feb 2016


Congratulations to Miss Hufton

Sports and Recreation Alliance  (S&RA) 


S&RA is an organisation that lobbies government on behalf of the sector and is a forum for current issues that concern member organisations.

The Earl of Wessex has been an enthusiastic President  for many years.

NATD is a member of the Movement and Dance division which has just appointed Annette Hufton as Deputy Chair for 2 years from July 2017.

The Division  works  continually  to raise the profile and benefits of activity for all ages .

For current news please look at their website S&RA can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


Feb 2017


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 ! 



 Jan 2017



 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.

Jan 2017


 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.




 Dec 2016