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 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



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.” 

Julie Herrick

Oct 2016


 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 for the latest details.

August 2016



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.



July 2016



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 belated Happy 90th!


 July 2016


Highams School of Dancing

Congratulations to Ellie Mae Maguire who successfully auditioned to become part of The Chelmsford Ballet Company. Well done Ellie Mae.

 June 2016


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 or email chairman Phil Meacham


May 2016