Our History

The National Association of Teachers of Dancing is a company limited by guarantee. Its Articles of Association control it and a Rule Book has been framed within those articles. A full-time Office Manager and staff are under the direction of the President, Chief Executive Officer and the Council of Management. The latter are all democratically elected for a limited term of office but may offer themselves for re-election.

Professional examinations are available in all branches. Each of these has a syllabus of graded examinations and medal tests which can eventually lead to professional standards. Each branch is controlled, under the jurisdiction of the Council, by a technical sub-committee, which is elected every three years by internal ballot.

The Association produces a News Bulletin, on a quarterly basis, this bulletin is provided electronically to all its members. This updates them on forthcoming events, syllabus revisions, and Head Office information. It also includes stimulating, sometimes thought provoking, articles and general comment on the dance business and dance trends.

A number of technical publications are available from head office. The Association is truly international with a worldwide membership in many countries. Examiners regularly travel as far afield as Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Vietnam. The National is a member of and has representatives on the following bodies:

  • British Dance Council
  • Sports and Recreation Alliance
  • Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre
  • Theatre Dance Council International

Meet The NATD

Wendy Elizabeth Bates

Ballroom and Theatrical Branch Examiner, Appointed Director 02/10/2017

Andrea Brunton

Theatrical Branch Examiner, Northern Area Chairperson, Appointed Director 04/10/2015

Yvonne Margaret Mollon (Creber)

Stage Branch Tap and Musical Theatre Senior Examiner, Appointed Director 05/10/2015

Frances Dawson

Midlands Area Chairperson, Appointed Director 10/10/1994

Jaime Robert Dieguez

London Ballroom Area Chairperson, Ballroom Branch Examiner, Council of Management, Appointed Director 01/01/2023

Graeme Hinchliffe

Non-Executive Director, Appointed Director 02/10/2017

Annette Pearson (Hufton)

Quality Assurance Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead, Appointed Director 08/09/2008

Rachael Anne Meech

Non-Executive Director, Appointed Director 31/08/2014

Kevin Robert Page

Chief Executive Officer, Appointed Director 31/10/2007

Sharon Marie Johnson (Potter)

Modern Stage Branch Senior Examiner, Council of Management, Appointed Director 01/01/2022

Mary Elizabeth Waite (Richardson)

Ballroom and Latin American Senior Examiner, Appointed Director 10/09/2020

Sharon Lucinda Waite-Roberts

Gymnastic Dance Senior Examiner, London Theatrical Secretary and Theatrical Branch Examiner, Appointed Director 01/01/2020

Harita Elena Endacott (Stavrou)

Contemporary Senior Examiner, Appointed Director 01/01/2020

Michelle Webster

President, Freestyle Senior Examiner and Ballroom Examiner, Appointed Director 02/10/2013

NATD Senior Examiners/Chairperson

Alternative Rhythms                            Julie Herrick

Ballet                                                   Victoria Wright

Ballroom & Latin American                  Mary Richardson

Classic (Russian) Ballet.                     Eileen Bennett

Contemporary                                     Harita Stavrou

Freestyle & Rock n Roll                      Michelle Webster

Gymnastic Dance                               Sharon Roberts

Modern Stage                                     Sharon Potter

Musical Theatre                                  Yvonne Creber

National Tap                                        Natalie Hume

Sequence                                            Valerie Laws

Stage Branch Tap                               Yvonne Creber

Street                                                   Beverley Harris