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Latest News

 

Kevin Page in Cheshire

I had the pleasure of travelling to Poynton in Cheshire in June, an exciting new opportunity has come to the NATD through Pamela Martin who lives in Ireland but trains candidates in this country for their professional Ballroom and Latin American examinations. Pamela is a Fellow and Examiner of the South African Dance Federation and a Fellow with the IDTA and is now training candidates for the profession through the NATD, this is really exciting news. The four candidates I examined for their Associate Ballroom examination had a very good standard of dancing and also of the theory that is required.

 From Left to Right: Bryan McKay; Ian Hall; Pamela Martin; Kevin Page; Anne Davies; Maxine Hall

Pamela hosts cruises with P&O and all four candidates took their Associates so that they too can work on cruise ships teaching people how to dance, this is really good for the profession and also the NATD, in addition to training more professional candidates, Pamela will be involved in putting through candidates for their Bronze Ballroom & Latin American exams as part of their cruise round South America in January 2019.

Kevin Page

CEO

 

June 2018

 


 Neil Dewar in Malaysia

Examiner Neil Dewar is currently in Malaysia having a great time at World Dance Academy for their medal test. 

  

 May 2018 


 

NATD students perform with Pasha Kovalev

 

40 pupils from Linzi G School of Dance, took to the stage with Strictly Come Dancing’s Pasha Kovalev in his UK tour of ‘The Magic of Hollywood’ This is the second consecutive year they have performed with Pasha at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. 

 

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NATD North East Ballroom Qualifiers


We in the North East, were honoured to have the President of the NATD Annette Hufton, present the Awards, to our winners on 8th April at Whitby Spa Pavillion.

Annette had never visited the Spa before and was impressed with the room and facilities. Chocolates were presented to her in thanks, and as all committee members were in attendance, it was found to be a great opportunity for a photograph to record a very successul day.

Many of those present used the time to take holiday in and around Whitby, seeing the sights and taking in the fresh North sea air. Congratulations to all who gained their passes to attend the Blackpool finals in September. 

Many thanks to all ten schools and their teachers and our hard working judges - Fabio D'Angelo, Amy D'Angelo and Neil Eleazar.

Thank you also to Michelle Webster on the mic, who kept us all under control, Robert and Louise Aldred for their efficient scrutineering and Liz Young for an excellent choice of music enabling everyone to dance their very best.

Good luck to everyone and see you in Blackpool!

Julie Herrick

April 2018

 


 

NATD Anglian Area Competition 2018

The first Anglian Area MOY qualifier was very well attended by 12 schools from several regions ranging from Reading, Essex, Kent and Whitby!  Over 200 talented dancers from as young as 4 years old descended on Ipswich to compete for trophies and a place at Blackpool. The Judges commented on the obvious high standard displayed by all dancers, and everyone looked amazing in their best competition dresses which really added to the occasion.  The healthy competitive atmosphere buzzed from start to finish and it was a delight to see the teachers enthusiasm for their pupils to perform to the best of their ability. 

I would like to thank all the schools for coming to the NATD Anglian Area Competition and for putting so much effort into making it a truly magical day!  Thank you to the judges Steven Verrall, Olive Baily and Mark Willimite.  Many thanks to Sylvia, Michael and Jean who helped so much with the things we don't see.  A special thank you to Trudi Shepherd for helping pull it all together, resulting in a fantastic, successful smoothly run event.  The atmosphere was wonderful and everyone's love for dancing just sparkled!  I feel honoured to be the Chairperson for the NATD Anglian Area.

More photographs are available from www.dephoto.biz

Can't wait to see you all at Blackpool.

Helen Jessop

March 2018

 


 

Tango Argentino Roadshow

On a snowy day in January we congregated at ‘The Dance Studio’ at Reading to participate in the latest Tango Argentino roadshow. Anthony Bazin, assisted by his wife Sniedze, delivered the presentation with expertise.

Those in attendance enthusiastically participated in the workshop including some interesting methods to develop the feel of following in this genre and suggested medal routines. A very enjoyable day.

Yvonne Mayne

January 2018  

 


 

 Exam Success

Students at Turn to Dance celebrating after being presented with their certificates. Leanne and her students had a lot of fun celebrating & thank the NATD for all their help and support with exams. 

December 2017


 

London Ballroom Area Workshop

London Area Lectured Day – Sunday 3 December

Report by Marion Fenton & Zoey Price

On Sunday 3 December, the London Area Ballroom teachers gathered at the County School of Dancing in Reading for a Lecture Day & Annual General Meeting.

A fabulous collection of world-class lecturers including no less that two former world champions were booked to supply deep technical knowledge to the waiting teachers.

Nicola Nordin “The Queen of Latin” was first on.

Nicola’s lecture was a great start to the day. Delivered in a very professional and informative manner. The detail in breaking down the different rumba walks was clear and easy to teach from bronze standard and upwards. Everyone would have taken away a very good understanding of the technique involved the timing and musicality.

Overall the lecture was focused on making dancing natural and using the technique to enhance and develop our pupils.

Our next lecturer was the excellent Michael Barr who was introduced as the “Godfather of ballroom”.

 

Michael comes across as being very passionate about his love of dance.  He started off with getting the right feel with our partners by just transferring our weight distribution which all makes sense.  He then demonstrated the feather step and showed us three different ways people Tend to dance them, which was really interesting and informative.  Everyone joined in and enjoyed this hour of learning, which we all agreed went far too quickly!

Our third lecturer of the day was Emma Hawley, who was introduced as the “Princess of Medallists”.  Emma demonstrated three rumba amalgamations with her son Zac, with varying degrees of difficulty.  She invited everyone on to the floor and then demonstrated each section.  Emma then demonstrated three waltz sequences with the same professionalism.  Everyone went away with something to teach their pupils.  

Finally, NATD Senior Examiner Mary Richardson was lecturer the last of a fabulous day. Mary is highly qualified examiner and a long-standing member of the National so who better to lecture on what an examiner expects to see when taking an exam, either as a amateur or a professional.  

Mary’s first bit of advice was to make the candidate feel relaxed by having a little chat before they start.  Mary made it very clear as examiners we are not in the position to catch candidates out but to find out what they know.  She also went on to say as examiners we represent the national and need to encourage new schools to take exams, so you don’t want to mark too harshly and discourage them.   Mary ended her lecture by welcoming the new examiners. 

A superb day of top lectures – thank you to the London Area committee for supplying such a great informative and relevant day, which was as they say “on-trend” in every way, and 100% subsidised by the area – so completely free to NATD teachers.  Now, that is a Christmas Bonus we like very much indeed!

Next year’s Lecture Day will be on Sunday 2 December – so pop the date In your diary now so you do not miss out!

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Ballet Music to Download

 

Our Ballet Set Music Cds 7 and 8 are now availble to download from our online shop. To order, visit www.natd.org.uk, 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 dance-on-2017@hotmail.com 

 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