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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!

Dec 2017




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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, 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



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.



 Oct 2016