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Issue 489 • May – August 2020


Our brand new look Exploring the development of our new visual identity

New Patrons take centre stage

Our new ambassadors share their love for dance 1


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Members welcome Headquarters 22/26 Paul Street, London EC2A 4QE + 44 (0)20 7377 1577 Chair Sue Passmore Executive team Chief Executive Ginny Brown Director of Dance Liz Dale Director of Examinations Janne Karkkainen Director of Membership and Communications Gemma Matthews Director of Education Louise Molton Director of Finance & Operations Keith Stephenson Advertise in Dance Magazine Email Tel + 44 (0)20 7377 1577 Next copy deadline: Issue 490 (Sep – Dec 2020): Monday 1 June 2020 Cover photograph: New teaching images from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Photographer: Drew Tommons Design by Design Culture Associates Printed by Gemini Print Unit A1 Dolphin Way Shoreham by Sea West Sussex BN43 6NZ © Copyright Reserved No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form, either wholly or in part, without written permission of the copyright owner. The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing exists to advance excellence in dance teaching and education. Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered No. 392978 England. Registered Charity No. 250397

“ Dance  is universal,  and it should be for everyone” It is a pleasure to introduce the future vision and visual identity of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. We exist to advance excellence in dance teaching and education by supporting the life-long development of both dancers and dance teachers. The Society is often referred to as a family and like any good family we are there for the long run. So as I plan for the future, at the front of my mind are today’s 5 year olds, who are just starting on their dance journey, and what they will need to build fulfilling lives and successful careers in 10, 20 or even 30 years time. It feels fitting that our re-visioning comes at the beginning of a new decade – particularly as this one will culminate in the Society’s 125th anniversary. As the way we dance, teach, and learn continues to evolve, we want to support our current and future members in their artistic and professional development. You, our dance teacher members, are at the heart of everything we do. This issue is the first of its kind and will showcase the hard work that has gone into creating our exciting new identity. As well as touching on our plans for the future, it also pays homage to our strong heritage and features a new format, look and feel, with dynamic imagery designed to continue to inspire your passion for dance. I hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we have enjoyed preparing it. Ginny Brown Chief Executive

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Regulars News 26 Introducing our international representatives Our international representatives meet to share their knowledge and insights into our global organisation 57 Exam successes Congratulating our members who have achieved success in their qualifications

Focus 30 Cecchetti Classical Ballet Reports from events during the first quarter of the year 32 Classical Greek Dance Syllabus news, course updates and a report from the Bursary Awards 2020 34 Classical Indian Dance Reports and photos from the Bursary Awards 36 Contemporary Information on the new Contemporary syllabus

Features 44 Modern Ballroom New plans for Summer Congress, plus a special feature from a Modern Ballroom alumnus 46 Modern Theatre Updates from the Bursary Awards 2020 plus a special report from organiser Cyn Dee Too 48 National Dance First hand accounts from students taking the National exams, plus updates on courses, syllabus and more 50 Sequence Reports on the Sequence Medallist Festival and Inventive Dance competition 2020 52 Tap Dance Reports from the Tap Awards in Malaysia and Tap courses in Ireland and Bristol

What's On 54 Highlights Updates on current events, exam information, COVID-19 and more

38 Disco, Freestyle, Rock n Roll and Street Updates on the forthcoming events including Dance Exchange on 13 September 2020 40 Imperial Classical Ballet Reports on our events worldwide, including our awards and workshops 42 Latin American Photos and more from the Latin American performance at the brand launch 2020


A fresh perspective Our Chief Executive, Ginny Brown, shares our new vision for the future. 4

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Issue 489 | April – August 2020



A brand new look... the same powerful mission


Our new ambassadors take centre stage Our Patrons highlight their love for dance and vision for the future.


Full steam ahead Highlights from our brand launch on 18 February 2020

We explore the development of our new visual identity, from past to present; and what this means for the organisation and our members.


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Graduation 2020

Louise Molton, Director of Education explains our professional routes to a career in dance teaching.

Celebrating our recent graduates from countries all over the world.

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A fresh perspective


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Ginny Brown Chief Executive


he year 2020 signals an exciting new phase for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. For more than 100 years, the Society has provided training for dance teachers, enabling them to teach students, enter candidates for examinations and spread the joy of dance. Now celebrating our 116th year, we have a proud history and a brand that stands for the pursuit of excellence in the dance world. It is our privilege to support a community of more than 6,000 members worldwide, with whom we delivered over 20,000 hours of Continuing Professional Development and nearly 130,000 examinations last year. The scale of our work became evident when we were recently listed as one of the top 20 largest awarding organisations in England and in the top five for delivery of performing arts examinations. The Society’s new visual identity is an important step towards ensuring that we remain a dynamic and a future-focused organisation. We want to promote the benefits and enjoyment of dance for all. To do so, it is important that we present ourselves in a way that is both current and accessible.

“ For more than 100 years, the Society has provided training for dance teachers” Our belief in the educational, cultural and artistic value of dance for all is a founding principle that has shaped our ambitions. We recognise that the rising profile of dance through technology, competitions and reality TV shows puts increasing demands on our teachers. We are also all concerned about the physical and mental impact of children’s increasingly sedentary and digitally-focused lives. I want every child and young person to experience the life-enhancing

qualities of dance and I’m confident that together we can build a strong network of opportunities to learn dance – both in the UK and internationally. We are already working to remove barriers to dance participation by increasing our charitable activities to support learners on low incomes to achieve their dance ambitions, and by creating new syllabuses, working to make dance more inclusive and growing our international reach. In particular, our new Contemporary Dance syllabus is now being introduced worldwide. We are also investing in research into improving access to dance training for disabled learners, with a view to beginning research into inclusive assessment processes next year. In addition, we are proud to be working in partnership with the Royal Opera House on its new, national Chance to Dance programme, which introduces ballet to children in areas of social and economic need. To achieve these ambitious goals, we are investing in our organisational capability and improving our business performance through the digitisation of services. This includes our new website, which will feature an integrated dance teacher search facility, online event booking and an enhanced members’ area. We are also renovating our London premises to ensure we have the facilities to meet our ambitions. Most importantly, we will continue to support your career progression so that you, in turn, can nurture the next generation of dancers and dance teachers. So we will be developing new services and resources to meet the needs of our current members and working to become a truly diverse and inclusive organisation that reflects the communities in which we work. To quote an African proverb – it takes a village to raise a child. And it will take a whole community of dance educationalists to create a secure dance network for future generations. By working together, pooling our knowledge and expertise, I am confident that we can build a future in which all children and young people have opportunities to experience the benefits of dancing. Together let’s lead the world in dance! Dance | Issue 489



Your pathway to progression

Louise Molton Director of Education


eachers are recognising the need to continually update their skills so they remain current and confident when delivering their dance classes. 2019 was a successful year for Theatre and Dancesport teaching qualifications, with a 14% increase from the previous year. We also saw a significant rise in the number of teachers taking up Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in 2019, both in the UK and internationally, and 2020 is set to be another busy year. Teaching can be lonely sometimes. Our courses help you check in and confirm you are on track. And if not, we can help you to get the detail you need. We are here to support your teaching journey and strive to offer high quality CPD, as well as a valuable opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and share skills in a safe environment. The Society offers very clear progression routes to support you in continuing your learning journey. Our role is to help our members become wellqualified teachers who are up to date with current developments in dance education and training, and who are committed to delivering best practice. Initial Teacher Training UK and within Europe – Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) This programme takes two years to complete when studied part-time. Successful completion 8

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Teaching can be lonely sometimes and our courses help you check in and confirm you are on track

of this Ofqual-regulated course enables you to apply for full membership of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, to enter students for exams and advertise yourself as a qualified teacher. You can take this qualification with an Approved Dance Centre near to you. Once you have completed this qualification, you can choose to continue your training and personal development to ensure your skills and knowledge remain up to date. You can do this through our courses, which are offered regularly throughout the year. These are advertised on our website and social media platforms. We would encourage you to reflect each year on your strengths and achievements and create your own individual CPD plan for what you are going to achieve next, and by when. Successful completion of the Level 4 DDE, followed by a suitable period of successful professional teaching, will subsequently enable you to access our higher teaching qualifications. International – Associate and Associate Diploma These are two non-regulated qualifications. Successful completion of the Associate Diploma enables you to access higher teaching qualifications. These qualifications are available for international Theatre teachers outside for the UK / EU and grants full membership to the Society. Associate into Licentiate is the route into teaching for all Dancesport genres both in the UK and Internationally and again grants full membership and the ability to enter students for examinations.

Progression after successful completion of Initial Teacher Training qualification Successful completion of Level 4 DDE or Associate Diploma enables you to progress and apply for our Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy (DDP), or Licentiate, then Fellowship examinations. The qualification you take depends on your chosen personal progression route, so consider all the options. You may choose to study a combination of our higher teaching qualifications, as they each provide routes into different dance teaching contexts. Higher Teaching Qualifications Licentiate Licentiate is a syllabus-based qualification for those who want to deliver the full range of syllabus examinations and work from the Society. Successful attainment of the Licentiate qualification allows you to enter students for all graded exams and consider whether you wish to become involved with Initial Teacher Training. You may develop your involvement in this area through applying to become one of our Approved Dance Centres or Approved Tutor for relevant units within the DDE. Such routes will provide you with opportunities to share and develop your teaching knowledge and skills and be instrumental in developing the next generation of high-quality dance teachers. Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy (DDP) The Level 6 DDP is an Ofqual-regulated course and is non-syllabus based. It includes optional units that enable you to follow a specific area of

interest related to your own CPD plans. Options include Dance Science and Teaching Dance in the Community / Schools. If you want to teach in the state and further education sector as a salaried member of staff in a school or college, you should consider this option. Successful completion of the Level 6 DDP qualification allows you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) through the Society of Education and Training (SET).

Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is the badge of professionalism for post-16 education and training, helping practitioners advance in their careers and demonstrate their expertise and experience to colleagues, employers and learners. Society for Education and Training For more information If you are interested in the Level 6 DDP to become a highly knowledgeable, skilled and effective teacher, but not to teach in the state sector, you can combine the Licentiate with the DDP. Having your Licentiate will exempt you from unit 4 of the DDP and you will be fully qualified to deliver all levels of the syllabus in the relevant genre, while also developing your pedagogic understanding and practical skills in dance teaching and learning. Dance | Issue 489


Feature Below  Roadmap for career progression routes

Dancesport For UK and international residents

Student teacher

Theatre dance

For UK and European residents

Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)

For residents outside Europe





BA in Professional Practice (BAPP) *

MA in Professional Practice (MAPP) *

Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy (DDP)

Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS)



Associate Diploma

* Courses conducted at partner university. Find out more

Progression after successful completion of higher teaching qualifications Following successful completion of the DDP, you can continue studying for a Masters Degree (MA). Several DDP graduates have gone on to study Masters Degrees through our association with Middlesex University, which recognises the Level 6 DDP and considers students for progression onto their MA programmes. – MA Professional Practice: Dance Technique Pedagogy – MA Professional Practice: Dance (specialisation) Successful completion of the Level 6 DDP qualifies you to apply for full membership of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. This will enable you to enter students for exams and to progress onto the Fellowship qualification. This will depend, however, on your experience and knowledge of the relevant genre syllabus work, as you will have completed a non-syllabus course. You should consider taking further CPD to ensure that your knowledge of the syllabus is current and accurate and supports you with your further progression.

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Fellowship Fellowship is the highest syllabus-based qualification that the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing offers and is held in high esteem. Those who successfully achieve Fellowship should aspire to become an examiner or panel member. Once you have gained this qualification, you can apply for these roles when they are advertised on the website. Professional development throughout your dance teaching career Whatever level you are, you should ensure that you attend our regular courses and CPD opportunities. This will enable you to network with teachers and like-minded individuals to share good practice and to reflect upon your own. As educational methods and dance as an art-form continually develop and evolve, it is imperative that dance teachers do too. Ongoing development helps us ensure that, as professionals, we train children with care and detail to achieve high-quality technique, knowledge and artistry.

The Society offers very clear progression routes to support you in continuing your learning journey

Teaching qualifications and progression routes Whatever your ability or level, we can provide the teaching and progression routes to support your career. We offer teaching qualifications and progression routes in regulated and non-regulated qualifications across multiple dance genres.

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Our new ambassadors take centre stage Our Chair, Sue Passmore, is delighted to introduce our new Patrons.

Adam Cooper Adam trained at the Jean Winkler School of Dance, Arts Educational School and The Royal Ballet School. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1989 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1994. Since 1997, Adam has been a freelance artist performing and choreographing all over the world. While a member of The Royal Ballet, Adam danced principal roles in all the major classical ballets, from Swan Lake and Don Quixote through to ballets by Ashton, MacMillan, Tetley and Forsythe. He created roles in many ballets, including Winter Dreams, The Judas Tree (MacMillan), Firstext (Forsythe), Tombeaux (Bintley) and White Water (Tuckett).

Oti Mabuse

Sue Passmore Chair


xciting times are upon us with our new visual identity and vision for the future. As Chair, my focus in our Dance magazine for the past three years has been on sharing the diversity of our alumni’s career pathways. In this edition, it is a pleasure to introduce some highly respected professionals. Reflecting on our diversity and determination to be at the forefront of dance education and training, I am delighted to say that eight prestigious industry representatives have accepted our invitation to become Patrons of the Society. They are all connected with our world of dance and their enthusiasm in joining us means a great deal. They will be a valued source of ideas and status in promoting the message of ‘dance for all’ as we continue to build a safe, inclusive practice for the next generation. We are, and will always be, focused on safe practice within our syllabuses, and there is no doubt that the Society is long overdue in celebrating the quality of the work our teachers achieve. Our new patrons will act as our ambassadors in the dance community and are a welcome addition to our family. 12 Dance | Issue 489

We are, and always will be, focused on safe practice within our syllabuses

Oti is best known as a professional dancer on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2015. As an eight-time South African Latin American Champion, she is regarded as one of the most successful South African dancers in the world. Currently a dance captain and mentor on series two of BBC One’s Saturday night dance and entertainment show, The Greatest Dancer – winning series one with her act, Ellie Fergusson – she regularly choreographs critically-acclaimed musicals and is now a presenter on UK television.

What made you fall in love with dance?

“I grew up in South Africa and my amazing mom opened a school so me and my sisters could dance – something to keep us safe and happy. Dance has given me so many incredible opportunities and I can’t imagine a life without it. It’s great for health and confidence, too.”

Christopher Hawkins Christopher is a highly respected adjudicator and teacher of competitive dancing. Starting his competitive dance career at the age of 11, he has received numerous world championship awards, including the World Professional Ballroom Championship title, which he received three consecutive times. Christopher previously served as Chair of the World Competitors’ Dancesport Corporation for several years, which subsequently developed into the World Dance Council Competitors’ Commission under his management. He joined the Modern Ballroom Faculty of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in 2009 and was elected Chair of the Faculty in October 2015. He also proudly represents the Society on many of the committees at the British Dance Council.

What do you want to see in the future of the Society?

“It’s important that we look forward to the development of dance in today’s world. As an organisation, we should try to get into educational settings, to encourage children to get involved with dance at a young age, making sure they are equipped with the right motor and coordination skills that they need later in life. Likewise, older people can often be lonely. Dance can bring people together and foster a sense of togetherness. The Society should lead the way in developing growth in society as a whole.” What does the Society mean to you?

“One of my first experiences was in an Imperial Society dance school and one of my first medals was from an Imperial Society examination, so its been in my life from the age of 11. I have grown up knowing that the Society represents quality, great training and great teachers. My teachers always expected me to be at my best and that is something that has been passed down through the generations.”

I have grown up knowing that the Society represents quality, great training and great teachers

Mark Smith Mark is the founder and Artistic Director of Deaf Men Dancing. He was nominated as Best Choreographer in the Off-West End Awards and the Broadway World UK Awards for Ace of Clubs, Call Me Madam and Iolanthe, and Live Theatre and British Theatre for Tommy. His training began at the Royal Ballet School and London Studio Centre. He has since gone on to choreograph a wide array of productions in a variety of genres, including the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony, London 2012; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; 101 Dalmatians; Noah; A Marvellous Year for Plums; and The Meeting, among many others.

What made you fall in love with dance?

“As a deaf person, I have a limited vocabulary, but through dance I can express myself more. I am absolutely delighted to be a patron for the Society because I am passionate about education and training and inspiring people to love dance.”

Shobana Jeyasingh CBE Shobana is an internationally recognised choreographer with over 30 years’ experience. She has created over 60 critically acclaimed works for stage, screen and unconventional public spaces such as Palladian monasteries. Her work is noted for both its intellectual rigour and its visceral physicality. It has toured worldwide, including Europe, USA, India and the Far East, and is now part of the national curriculum in the UK. As well as being a judge for BBC Young Dancer in both 2017 and 2019, she has also received honorary doctorates from the universities of Surrey, Leicester and Chichester. She was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the WOW Women in Creative Industries Awards in 2017 and was awarded a CBE in 2020.

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Linda Jasper MBE Linda is a senior arts director and educationalist, with a wealth of experience in leadership roles, dance management and strategy, and arts and cultural learning. In 2004, she formed Youth Dance England, which merged with other organisations to create One Dance UK, a groundbreaking new dance service organisation for the dance sector. She is currently a consultant and lecturer working with, among others, the Royal Opera House and The Royal Ballet School. Linda was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Arts by De Montfort University and is an Honorary Life Member of the Foundation for Community Dance and National Dance Teachers Association. She was awarded an MBE in 2010 for her services to the dance industry.

Can you describe the opportunities a career in dance can bring to a young person?

“A career in dance can be very long, rich and fulfilling and can take many different routes. I originally trained as a dancer and performer. After that, I taught in many different contexts, working in state schools, private dance schools, universities and teacher training colleges. I have also been a manager of dance, setting up organisations to service the dance sector. I am still continuing my career as a consultant, a tutor, a mentor and an advocate.”

Drew McOnie Drew is fast becoming one of Britain’s most sought-after emerging directors and choreographers. He is the Artistic Director of The McOnie Company and a proud Associate Artist at The Old Vic Theatre, London and the Nuffield Southampton Theatres. Drew won the Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreography for In the Heights in 2016 and he was nominated for the same award in 2017 for the ground-breaking production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Some of his theatre credits as a director/choreographer include King Kong, Strictly Ballroom and On the Town, which received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Musical Revival 2018 – Regent’s Park.

Why is dance important?

“Dance is perhaps one of the earliest forms of communication. Through centuries and cultures, dance has been used as a form of celebration and a form of bringing people together. For me, the Society is an important part of that process because it’s giving people the skills to nurture young dancers. Giving them the tools and vocabulary to be able to look at the world and say, how do we make it better.”

Sarah Wildor Sarah joined The Royal Ballet Company in 1991 and was soon promoted to Principal in 1999. During her time at The Royal Ballet Company, she was most noted for her musicality, grace, intensity and personality. In September 2001, she became a freelance actress and dancer and has performed in several notable roles. Sarah’s television and film work includes, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, directed by Bill Clark for 7 Productions; The Da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard for Sony Pictures; and Holby for BBC. She is still very involved with the ballet world, coaching and assessing the dancers at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

What does the Society mean to you?

“The Society means a lot to me because it’s striving to be a high-quality teacher awarding body. What’s truly important is the diversity of the genres that it supports and its inclusive agenda.”

What’s truly important is the diversity of the genres the Society supports Linda Jasper MBE

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Full steam ahead On 18 February 2020, we revealed our new brand and vision for the future at Milton Court, London

i Above Diana Martynets and Lachlan McIntosh performing at the brand launch


eld to mark the launch of the new visual identity and vision for the future, the event welcomed an esteemed guestlist of trustees, brand ambassadors and members to an exciting ceremony at Milton Court in London. The highly anticipated launch was held just after the 2020 Graduation Ceremony and featured a host of performances from partner schools and Society trained dancers including Highgate Ballet School Choreographer's Collective and Masters Performing Arts College, amongst others. Speeches highlighting the importance of our heritage and the plans toward moving this to the future were given by the Society’s executive team, while members Lucy Robinson and Nicholas Jury gave their personal accounts of their journey with the Society, from childhood to the present. Inspired by the new vision for the future, Lucy Robinson, dance teacher and member, said: “The Society provides me the surety of a world renowned benchmark, a highly qualified community of experienced teachers to learn from and the challenge of meeting the evolving needs of the dance industry. It reaches communities worldwide and has helped me make friends from all over the world, from Beijing and Abu Dhabi to Canada and the Cayman Islands, all with one main thing in common, that we have a joy

of teaching and the students all value the rewards. The Society provides a community of trust, so even when you're on the other side of the world, you can help each other and share your knowledge with both each other and the children”. The evening ended with a drinks reception and an air of excitement at the new developments to come.

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On the cover

Brand new look… same powerful mission


brand is much more than a logo, a colour palette and some imagery. A brand is about the values, the mission – who we are and what we do. It’s our identity and reputation.

We exist to advance excellence in dance teaching and education The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing has always been about excellence in dance, about quality teaching and breadth of genres. We wanted to make sure that our brand told this story in an increasingly crowded market place. So that our voice – our expertise and authority – continued to be trusted by members, students, our alumni, parents of students, and the wider dancing community. With this in mind we looked at how we evolve our brand presence to: –  Create a mark of quality for our world – renowned teaching –  Capture the emotion of teaching and professional progression of our members across a diverse spectrum of dance –  Communicate in a unified and consistent voice –  put members at the heart of the organisation.

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So where did we start with the revitalisation of our brand identity? Design Culture, our appointed brand agency, started with research. Discovering the passion Design Culture were asked to define, strengthen and re-imagine the brand – ensuring relevance and meaning for our audience and helping to raise the profile of the organisation, nationally and internationally. They couldn’t do that without talking with those who know it best – both internally and, externally, throughout the wider world of dance. From these workshop sessions, the brand team learnt that our organisation is full of passion, pride and heritage. That it’s an organisation that sits at the heart of the international dance community, sure of purpose, exceptional in delivery and full of support for its members. These sessions also identified the unifying bonds of our membership and the core themes that stand the organisation apart, and which provided us with the foundations for creating a new brand. With this insight into the equity and pride in our heritage, Design Culture looked at the origins of our visual identity in The Crowning of Terpsichore.

New illustration by Anthony Millard

The Crowning of Terpsichore

Above: the brand workshops  Below: Member quotes from the brand workshops.

“A platform for progression”

“A passport to teach anywhere in the world”

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First used in 1924, this symbol, which embodies the delight-in-dance, has formed the basis of our logo for nearly 100 years. And the significance of it is still relevant today, in how we draw from our heritage when passing on the ‘story of dance’ through the ages. But, we are future-facing and embrace progress, to glorify the ‘art of dance’ in all its forms, for this and for future generations. In seeking to create a mark of quality for our world renowned teaching, Design Culture took inspiration from the laurel-wreath Crown and re-imagined it to promote not only our quality and heritage, but also our

breadth and modernity. We commissioned renowned artist Antony Millard to redraw the illustration of The Crowning of Terpsichore. Reimagining this much loved illustration for the 21st Century, to incorporate a contemporary style that can be reproduced with clarity across our certificates or used at a large scale for display. Antony said of his illustration:

The image has a rich history dating back many years, so it was crucial to stay sensitive to the existing composition, but also important to inject a bit more craft and quality Anthony Millard, Illustrator

A new logo and mark of quality for our worldrenowned teaching

Our new logo

Evolution of The Crown

Our logo is the primary way we bring the Crown together with our name. It emphasises that we are teachers of dancing and that our members are at the heart of everything we are, and everything we do. Our logo uses our name in full, moving away from an acronym to ensure that our audience knows who we are and what we stand for. This is especially important as we look to increase our international reach and connect meaningfully with younger audiences – our members of the future.

The Crown has a natural sense of movement, which represents dance itself but also the continual progression of members in their life-long journey through dance. Our colour palette The rich and respected blue we are well known for still takes centre stage in our brand but is now supported by a deep, textured and varied palette. Our deep colours are supported by bright and vibrant ones – when needed, our brand can be playful, bold and energising.

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Our members are at the heart of imagery – bringing our brand to life by showcasing the emotions of teaching – the passion and the pride.

We were delighted to work with so many of our members to capture intimate portraits of the interaction between teachers and students. Using light and neutral spaces we wanted to show the passion, the progression and journey through dance that our teachers share with their students.

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It was an enjoyable project, thank you to all the members and their students who took part in our photoshoots Tim Cross, Photographer

Photography is also key in demonstrating the breadth of our teaching across different dance genres. And again with the support of our members, we have been able to capture a library of genre images that are rich in colour, dramatic in feel, high in quality and technical accuracy. These images, when used with everything our brand affords us, unite us as one organisation.

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Our visual identity is just one part of our brand jigsaw. We had to think about how we make ourselves accessible, talk about ourselves as one organisation, and how we can better communicate and interact with our audiences. Digital transformation Redeveloping our website – our window on the world – has been a key priority as part of the brand transformation. Working with the experts at NetConstruct, we set to work to understand how we could improve our digital presence to showcase our expertise, support our members and inspire dance teachers of the future. The first challenge for the Society and the team at NetConstruct was to understand the desired user journey. Many of you will be familiar with the current site, which has become difficult to navigate, as the content

Coming soon The website, launching in spring 2020, is a living and breathing asset that we must use effectively and build upon over the coming months and years to bring new audiences to our relevant and timely content. Further phases of development will introduce streaming of services, digital syllabus downloads, augmented e-commerce offers and international languages.

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has grown organically over the years. While the integration and automation of services have not kept pace with developments that our audiences would expect to see. NetConstruct worked with the team at the Society to conduct UX (User Experience) research – an investigation of website users and their requirements, which in turn helped identify requirements for the website, with adaptability and usability in mind. The workshops held with key staff and industry audiences explored the need to improve how content was presented. It was also important that our content was fresh and relevant.

The research found that the Society needed to provide answers to visitors' queries quickly and effectively. Defining key personas helped us to understand who best to prioritise content for. Example personas included: – Dance teacher members – Degree students – Teen dance students This insight has driven our way forward with the build. We’ve focused the structure and the framework of the site to deliver key functions, member only features and fresh content, improving navigation, calls to action such as become a member, and automating services.

Follow us Over the coming months you will see our new look integrated into our website, marketing materials, Dance magazine, merchandising, social media channels and much more – evolving our global brand presence in order to continue to inspire and engage our community now and into the future. Be part of our growing community on our social channels, we want to hear from you, so do join the conversations online. Share your ideas, best practice and inspirational moments with us and your fellow members @ISTDdance



Our strong new brand identity, our unified voice and our clarity of mission means that there has never been a better time to make sure that we are truly representing our members, that we are leading the way in dance education and that we are inspiring the next generation of dance teachers.

Promoting your membership status! We have created a mark of quality for our world-renowned teaching and we invite our Registered Members and Approved Dance Centres to use the newly created logos to help promote your status as Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing members. You can download the logos from the member area of the website and use these on your letterhead, business cards, promotional signage and advertising, websites and social sites. We will be adding to the resources to help you promote your business, as we develop promotional templates and assets for you to use for print and digital to help you win new business. We are aware that our members and ADCs will need time to change their promotional collateral, but hope that by January 2021 the new brand will be fully embedded across our global membership. Together we are stronger, and with our members using the new brand we will have a consistently strong and recognisable presence in the market place. We want to make sure your students and their parents can be assured that our logo is the recognisable mark of quality teaching.


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Year after year, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing celebrates hundreds of qualifying dance teachers. This year welcomed over 105 to Graduation at Milton Court, London. In 2019 alone, 784 qualifications were issued amongst 604 graduating teachers. This year, we were delighted to welcome over 105 graduates and 249 guests visiting from countries including Australia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, UK and the USA.Each graduate was personally congratulated by the Society Chair, Sue Passmore, as they joined 11 faculty representatives, Society directors and Chief Executive on stage at Milton Court in London to receive their certificates. Pam Eddleston, Janet Marshall and Julie Tomkins

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attended and collected their 2019 Imperial awards at the ceremony, while a new graduate, David Voon, collected an award on behalf his teacher, John Chong (International Imperial Dancesport award winner) who was unable to attend. When asked what his plans were for the future, David said; “I aim to continue to develop my teaching skills, knowledge and understanding by pursuing the Associate Modern Ballroom in the near future with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. The Society means a lot to me as it provides various opportunities in a safe and

friendly environment for me to learn and aspire to be a qualified dance teacher�. The Society hopes to continue to support and inspire dance teachers to develop their careers further and progress to the next stage of their learning.

I am honoured to be the recipient of the International Imperial Theatre Award. It has been a privilege to have been a part of the growth of the International Department. I give many thanks to my Imperial family both near and far Pam Eddleston

G R A DUAT I O N I N N U M B E RS We have seen an increase in the number of teachers qualifying, and qualifications issued in the last two years by


Total qualifications issued in the last three years


The Society hopes to continue to support and inspire dance teachers to develop their careers further

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International News

Introducing our international representatives We were delighted to welcome our international representatives to London in January. During their week-long stay, we shared knowledge and insights of our global organisation and international members.

In conversation What’s happening in the dance industry in your region? Astrid replied: “In Canada and Mexico exams are important and highly regarded, more so in ballet. In the States there are over 600 universities and colleges, with lots of degree programmes for dance. In the ballet world it was becoming very trick based, but teachers are starting to come back to more artistry. People want to be moved and to experience something unique.” “I agree,” said Carol, “the artistry is coming back in ballet, with beautiful footwork for the girls. In Europe we were originally focused on ballet and then modern dance increased in popularity. Now, over the last few years musical theatre and tap have become very strong and we are seeing a rise in street and contemporary dance.” Delia said: “We have two ballet companies, one in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg and thousands of dance schools, all of a great standard and lots of competitions and competitive work. The Society has three strong spots:

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Cape Town; Durban and Johannesburg; and Pretoria. All the genres are popular.” “In Asia,” commented Zjen Fong, “there was a view that dance was not a viable career. However, there are now a lot of schools and successful teachers. They are making money and performing very well especially in ballet, ballroom, contemporary, Latin and street dance. Dance is a very well respected career in Asia now and the artistic side of it is well received in Asian culture.” Astrid enthusiastically observed: “The Korean ballet dancers are phenomenal, they have both the technique and the passion. Japan always used to be a force but of late the Korean dancers – wow!” What are the opportunities and challenges and where can we make the biggest impact? Delia said: “I think we have to be proud that we are part of an international organisation. That’s a very big selling point in South Africa. With these qualifications you can teach worldwide.” Zjen Fong agreed: “It’s the same with the Asian countries.” “And it’s the same in Europe” said Carol. “It is also important for parents to know this.”

Chua Zjen Fong International Representative for Asia Zjen Fong competed professionally for 10 years. He and his wife were undefeated 15 times Malaysia national Latin champions and national professional Latin champions. In 2012 they started their own school, My Dancesport Academy, in Kuala Lumpur. Zjen Fong discovered the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in 2011 and has since qualified as a trainer with the Society. Contact

How do you effectively communicate with the parents of your students? Delia replied: “Email and regular parents meetings, once a term and also on an individual basis. An open door policy is good.” The reps all agree. How can the Society support the teachers in your areas to develop their careers? Delia said: “They must be encouraged to do their teaching diplomas in every genre – for the quality – to make sure that teachers are not teaching a genre they are unfamiliar with.” Carol agreed: “I think it is really important for the communication to be good.” Why did the role of International Representative appeal to you? Zjen Fong replied: “I had been recommended by examiners for the role. If we can have an International Representative to solve our cultural differences then that is good.” Delia said: “I believe in the method. I know that if you are training a dancer in this method and go right the way through to Advanced 1 there is no way you

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Astrid Sherman

Carole Ann Watson

International Representative for Africa and the Middle East Delia obtained Associates in Ballet, Modern, National and Tap at Bush Davies School and the Performance Diploma in Drama, LAMDA. She has performed in musical theatre, television and plays. Delia holds Fellowship status in Modern and Tap and received the International Imperial Award in 2004. She is Director of the Waterfront Theatre School in Cape Town, established in 1992.

International Representative for North America Astrid co-founded Pro Arte in Vancouver, Canada. With her school often recognised for its holistic training programme, Astrid has been invited to present research at international conferences and workshops, including the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS). In August 2019 she relocated to Los Angeles and is currently taking a Masters with Middlesex University.

International Representative for Europe Carole has been a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing since she was a student. After training at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts she performed professionally before starting her teaching career. Carole has been an international examiner for the Society since 1995. She lives in Italy, where she organises many events.



cannot be a success.” Astrid added: “It looked like an interesting opportunity and also a challenge, which I enjoy.” “I have a great passion for this and am delighted to take on the position and I will try to do my best,” said Carol. Finally, what advice would you give to a dancer or dance teacher? Delia said: “Stick with it. It’s a journey and once we get our first level of qualifications, then there is the next one and so on. Only by developing your own career are you going to have a sustainable business.” “Be honest and sincere and make sure students understand what will happen,” said Carol. “But be supportive and show that you will be there for your students and their families.” “Be excited, as there are so many wonderful new areas in dance to take your love and passion. You don’t necessarily need to be a dancer or teacher. You can be a dance scientist, a therapist, or a researcher. There is so much out there. Don’t be afraid to explore!” Said Astrid. “Passion!” said Zjen Fong. “Be consistent and inspire.”

International at a glance


Europe Exam Periods: 51 Countries: 15 Members: 674 Exam days: 667 Tours: 131 Certificates: 11,603

North America Exam Periods: 19 Countries: 7 Members: 273 Exam days: 255 Tours: 38 Certificates: 4,321

Asia Exam Periods: 25 Countries: 10 Members: 165 Exam days: 173 Tours: 41 Certificates: 4,248

Africa and the Middle East Exam Periods: 9 Countries: 6 Members: 122 Exam days: 88 Tours: 13 Certificates: 1,480

Australasia Exam Periods: 3 Countries: 2 Members: 68 Exam days: 95 Tours: 10 Certificates: 1,728

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Focus Celebrating our breadth

The diversity and breadth of our dance genres is what sets us apart as a dance organisation. Our faculties cover many forms of theatrical, competitive and social dance. These dedicated pages celebrate the work of each, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, events and information.

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Cecchetti Classical Ballet Founded by the inspirational Italian dancer and teacher Enrico Cecchetti, the Cecchetti method is an outstanding system of training with a rich heritage. Our faculty started with a very productive spring and plans to keep active despite our new found restrictions.

Update Our events calendar started in February, with the Wales and West Awards and was closely followed by the Choreographic Competition which took place despite storm Ciara. February also brought a busy weekend with our examiner’s annual training, which included an interesting discussion on CPD. We then attended the Bursary Awards where our faculty was well represented by Maya Topolski and Olivia Chang-Clarke. Congratulations to those who attended these enjoyable events and thanks to all the organisers and helpers for their time and enthusiasm. Unfortunately, due to the global situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee took the decision to postpone the following events: the Southern Area Awards, Easter Course, Cecchetti Day, the Teachers’ Summer School and the Young Dancers’ Summer School in accordance with government guidelines. 30 Dance | Issue 489

Our competitions offer valuable performance opportunities away from the syllabus and non-syllabus weekly classes. It is particularly important to find ways in which we as teachers can encourage pupils to develop their love of and ability in dance, especially given the current situation. Usually our Summer Schools provide valuable sources of networking for this as well as a stimulating programme for teachers and students alike. This year that support is being developed online; please check the Society website for further details. We hope to be able to hold the Children’s and the Vocational Awards in November and we very much look forward to working with the current Committee and taking Cecchetti further with the newly elected members in September. For up-to-date information on future events, keep an eye out on our social media and website.

Congratulations to those who attended these enjoyable events and thanks to all the organisers and helpers for their time and enthusiasm.

Tessa Barker Head of Faculty Development for Cecchetti

Cecchetti Malta Awards 2019

Above Fewster Scholarship Winner Chloe Horton and Barbara Geoghegan Award Winner Olivia Chang-Clarke Left Middle Mabel Ryan Vacani Award Winner, Lucy Bartlett and Wales & West Award Winner, Melissa Hughes

This year in addition to the competition for vocational students, a junior competition had been introduced. Twenty young dancers gathered in Johane Casabene’s spacious studio to be put through their paces by ballet master, Dorian Mallia. Dorian’s sympathetic approach, together with lovely accompaniment by Maria Attard, meant that the dancers relaxed and gave of their best. The competition culminated with a solo. The Tanya Bayona Award class followed, rather more demanding, but no less enjoyable to watch and, with a smaller entry, it presented the adjudicator, David Yow, with a challenge. As a former member of Birmingham Royal and Hong Kong Ballet companies and now on the teaching faculty of English National Ballet School, his quiet and sincere adjudication was full

of encouragement and advice, much appreciated by the students and their teachers. Results as follows: Junior Award: Winner – Andrea Riolo, pupil of Brigitte Gauci Borda. Runner-up – Maya Attard, pupil of Pamela Kerr. Special Mentions – Sophie Thake, Lea Bitri, Sarah Pace. Tanya Bayona Award: Winner – Andrea Portelli, a pupil of Brigitte Gauci Borda. Runners-up – Andrea Pisani, pupil of Johane Casabene, and Francesca Falzon, pupil of Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud. The Cecchetti Society Trust is pleased to be able to provide financial support towards the students’ continued training and hope that the competition will continue to go from strength to strength. Elisabeth Swan, Chair, Cecchetti Society Trust Dance | Issue 489 31

Classical Greek Dance

With new updates to our Intermediate syllabus and superb performances from our Classical Greek dance candidates at the Bursary Awards, the Classical Greek Dance Faculty had a successful start to 2020.

Update Syllabus news The new Grades 1–6 have been well received by teachers who report their students are enjoying them and making good progress. There is also new uniform to complement the grades, which is elegant, flattering and contemporary. You can download the new Grades 1–6 music from Updates to the Intermediate syllabus are also being processed and when 32 Dance | Issue 489

complete will offer continuity from the grades through to vocational exams. Courses At the Teachers’ Residential Summer School this year, Classical Greek and National Dance are hoping to be running a course for teachers and festival adjudicators, both current and prospective, introducing them to key aspects of these heritage dance genres. Classical Greek will also offer a Grades Refresher Day.

Pippa Cobbing Head of Faculty Development for Imperial Classical Ballet, Greek and National

Dancer at the Bursary Awards 2020


Bursary Awards Classical Greek was a prominent genre in both Junior and Senior categories at the Bursary Awards on Saturday 16 February 2020. All candidates danced to a very high standard and impressed the audience with their skilled performances and technical accuracy.

Georgia Mackness, taught by Fiona Sheehan from Mayhew School of Dance, was our Junior nominee while the senior nominee was Kiran Young from Kilburn School of Dance, who is taught by Amanda Wilkins. While the adjudicators were considering their decision, the audience

enjoyed a series of excellent dances by guest performers. The youngest were Classical Greek dancers from Mayhew School of Dance who were a joy to watch in A Glorious Garland, choreographed by Fiona Sheehan.

The Ruby Ginner Awards 2020 will take place at the Venue Milton Keynes on Sunday 8 November. Heats for the Classical Greek Dance Festival 2021 will be held January – March 2021. More information will follow in due course.

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Classical Indian Dance It has been an eventful period for our faculty teachers and committee members with courses and exam tours taking place across the UK and internationally. A key highlight has been our candidate performances at the Bursary Awards 2019. Read on for more.

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Lisa Harrison-Jones Head of Faculty Development for Modern Theatre and Classical Indian

Above Aishani Ghosh at the Bursary Awards  Right Shivani Kishor at the Bursary Awards

Bursary Awards From our Bursary Awards competition in October 2019 our Classical Indian nominees were chosen and went forward to this year’s prestigious Bursary Award Finals in February at The Place Theatre. Our Junior nominee, Shivani Kishor from Kalakunj School, performed a solo by Ananya Chatterjee, with

original choreography by Guru Thankamani Kutty. Shivani lit up the stage, performing a beautifully animated solo with vitality in both her footwork and expressions. Our Senior nominee, Aishani Ghosh from Chitraleka Dance Academy, performed two contrasting solos by Pashwanath Upadhye and Janaki Rangarajan, showing

true professionalism, diverse rhythms and artistic aesthetic Both dancers were a delight both on and off stage and are a credit to their teachers, gurus and schools. We look forward to seeing their respective careers develop and blossom.

Both dancers were a delight both on and off stage

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Contemporary Dance

Michaela Ellis Artistic Projects Manager

Contemporary Syllabus Since the Contemporary Syllabus launch in January 2019, over 500 teachers have attended Intermediate Foundation courses both in the UK and internationally. This year, Intermediate courses became available and are planned for delivery throughout the UK, as well as internationally in 2020 and 2021 in Australia, Canada, China, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and Vietnam. We are delighted to extend the reach of this innovative 36 Dance | Issue 489

new work to our members around the globe and this phased approach to releasing the syllabus levels will see Advanced 1 courses following in 2021. We have already received several bookings for exams and are delighted to have completed our first exam in London in February. With the introduction of this new genre came the opportunity to recruit examiners from within the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing as well as experts with specific genre knowledge. In 2019, we recruited and appointed our first team

of examiners and in response to course attendance numbers, we will be recruiting further examiners in 2020 and 2021. We are looking forward to continuing to share this work with our members around the world and embrace new members into the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing through this inspiring new product.









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Disco, Freestyle, Rock n Roll and Street Our faculty consists of the following genres, Disco/ Freestyle, Street Dance, Rock n Roll, Country and Western. Our aim is to keep our members informed of the latest updates with regards to syllabus content and, of course, to listen to you and answer your queries and to support you through your teaching journey, ultimately assisting your pupils to provide them with the most up to date teaching initiatives for you to deliver.

Amanda Tapp Head of Faculty Development for Disco, Freestyle, Rock’n’Roll and Street

Update Dance Exchange is set to take place on 13 September 2020 and has been designed to provide inspiration, enrichment and guidance on how to successfully deliver specific parts of our syllabus. High profile artists have been secured for our master class to deliver high quality media-relevant content that will inspire and challenge you as a teacher 38 Dance | Issue 489

and ultimately as a dancer. Our full programme can be found on the website with the opportunity for various discounts on bookings and DFR merchandise. Our new set dances are in the early stages of planning and we would like to thank those members who have taken the time to submit choreography. The new dances will be launched and showcased at Dance Exchange in September and for the first time will be available as a digital file for you to

download onto your smartphones or tablets. The set dance DVD can also be used to submit work for the DFR medal tests and will provide your students with a variety of styles and challenges. We hope to have our very own street dance competition in July and are in the process of providing a fact sheet for any new teachers who may be interested in entering students for Street Dance examinations, please email to register your interest.

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Imperial Classical Ballet

Updates from our events worldwide, including awards, workshops and more.

Update Bursary Awards Imperial Classical Ballet was beautifully represented by two talented young dancers at the Bursary Awards on Sunday 16 February 2020. Both nominees gave very strong performances, with Ivy Griffiths from the Janet Marshall Dance Studios in the Junior category dancing an elegant Ballet Solo choreographed by Janet Marshall, and Henrique Ferreira in the Senior category performing a striking variation from Diane et Actéon by Marius Petipa. Henrique travelled all the way from the Centro de Dança do Porto in Portugal and was rewarded with a very well deserved first place for a distinguished performance. 40 Dance | Issue 489

Malaysian Awards and workshops On 21–24 November 2019, we held our Malaysian Awards and workshops at Damansara Performing Arts Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. It was a great opportunity to showcase the talent of the South East Asian region’s young dancers, led by our esteemed examiners and guest adjudicators. Competitors travelled from Japan, Singapore and Thailand as well as across Malaysia. CPD teacher courses and a workshop day for the young Malaysian dancers were also held in ballet, jazz and musical theatre, all led by our examining team.

Pippa Cobbing Head of Faculty Development for Imperial Classical Ballet, Greek and National

Senior Bursary Award Winner

Senior Ballet Awards Our Senior Ballet Awards held at the Hawth Theatre on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March 2020 celebrated the talent and blossoming artistry of over 200 young dancers who have been nurtured by their expert teachers. The audience was treated to dancing of a consistently high standard, from Grade 3 right through to Advanced 1, with each level enjoying beautifully crafted free classes taught on stage by a succession of distinguished faculty examiners. Guest adjudicators for the finals included Adam Cooper, Laura Day, Francesca Filpi, Michael Kopinski, Sarah Wildor and Anita Young, with special guest Kellie Bright awarding the Pat Prime Joy of Dance Award. The event also gave the faculty a chance to thank some very special people who have contributed so much to the success of Imperial Classical

Ballet over the years including Vivienne Saxton, Celia Johnson and Julia Beattie. CD News Now available for purchase are Advanced 1 and Advanced 2, and Class Exam CDs Primary – Grade 4. The planned updated CDs for Class Exams 5–8 are well underway and we hope to have these complete for Summer School at Chichester in August 2020. Following this, plans are in the pipeline to produce fresh CDs for Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate.

Above Boys Dance Day brought together 49 male students to hone their ballet skills on 2 February at Laine Theatre Arts Dance | Issue 489 41

Latin American

Update The newly elected Latin American Faculty have had a busy first few months with strategic planning and preparations for some new and exciting events for the membership over the next 12 to 18 months. We would love to hear from you about what type of events you would like to see in the future and what content is the most beneficial to you, if you have any thoughts or suggestions please send them through to latin@ Your input will be vital in the decision making process of creating the new Congress event, which we are currently planning (see Sequence) and will also help us to shape and develop regional courses and workshop days. 42 Dance | Issue 489

Malcolm Hill Head of Faculty Development for Latin American, Ballroom, Sequence

Technical updates

Brand launch We were very proud to be involved with the new brand launch held at Milton Court, London on 18 February. The Latin Faculty opened the event with a demonstration of the Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and Jive. The two young couples displayed their dances superbly and were a credit to their coaches and school, Vlad Shalnev and Lena Shalneva from Dance Art London based in Paddington, London.

Above Anna and Lasha Utalishvili performing at the brand launch

Currently the faculty are reviewing the existing technique books and over time they will be introducing updates. The first dance that is currently being reviewed is the Samba. Updates and announcements on how these are progressing will be made in Dance magazine.

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Modern Ballroom

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Malcolm Hill Head of Faculty Development for Latin American, Ballroom, Sequence

Summer Congress

This year will bring a change to the way that we run and organise our Summer Congress. Feedback from a participant evaluation in 2019 revealed that the event would benefit from a refreshed approach and has informed the decision of all three committees: Modern Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence, to refresh the event to continue to cater for the ever changing requirements of our members and their students.

Brand launch Faculty alumnus and member, Nicholas Jury, was invited to speak at the recent brand launch event, addressing VIPs, trustees and esteemed guests about his journey with the Society. I’ve been with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing now for 25 years. I started dancing at the age of six years old and have competed in medallist competitions and examinations from Social Dance Test right through to Awards. I’m sure you will understand my feelings towards the Imperial Society have changed as I have transitioned from being a pupil to now being a member and Fellowship teacher in both Ballroom and Latin American. When I started dancing, I just loved music, all kinds of music, and I fell in love with being able to express myself through dance, which is where I found my passion for Ballroom and Latin. The Imperial Society has a structure that helped me develop my skills, allowing me to gain confidence, knowledge and technical ability to perform and really connect myself with each individual dance.

Plans are presently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, we are still very much hoping to hold a new and refreshed event in the autumn, featuring all the old favourites alongside some new and innovative activities.

Now, as a teacher, I see the Imperial Society as a framework, a platform where I can teach those same skills to help my pupils develop not only in their dancing but as people as well. I love teaching! I love being able to inspire the next generation of dancers and for me it doesn’t feel like a job as I am fortunate enough to be able to travel the world teaching, adjudicating and taking pupils to competitions. Going forward, I see myself continuing to develop as a teacher, training and examining the next generation of pupils and teachers, both in the UK and overseas. I would love to help the Society to grow around the world so that more and more people can have the great opportunity of learning to dance thereby promoting growth in all aspects of our business. On a separate note, I would like to thank my teachers, Simon and Heidi Cruwys and Anne Lingard, for all their continued support and training because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am also very grateful to the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for all the good work it does across the board in all genres of dance. Long may it continue.

Have your say If you would like to share your thoughts about what you would like to see at our future events, please email We would love to hear from you.

I see the Imperial Society as a framework, a platform where I can teach those same skills to help my pupils develop

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Modern Theatre

With our creative team starting the initial development phase for the new Intermediate Modern syllabus and our committee members focusing on staging and rehearsing the new Musical Theatre Amalgamations, the Modern Theatre Faculty has had an exciting start to 2020.

Update January began with training for Modern Theatre examiners and the teaching team, where we explored the Concepts of Teaching and had the pleasure of being taught the new Musical Theatre Progressions and Amalgamations by inspirational choreographers; Ruth Armstrong (Grade 4) Emily Goodenough (Grade 5) and Nazene Langfield (Grade 6)e 6). All three choreographers have created a fabulous suite of Progressions 46 Dance | Issue 489

and Musical Theatre Amalgamations from Grade 4, 5 and 6. These commissioned amalgamations promote individual musical theatre qualities and energies and are a welcome addition to the Grade syllabus. They will not replace the existing Set Amalgamations but will be an alternative to provide teachers and students with a broader range of choice. They will be available for examination from September 2020.

Lisa Harrison-Jones Head of Faculty Development for Modern Theatre and Classical Indian

Bursary Awards and Masterclass 2020 On 16 February at The Place, London, we had two masterclasses during the day in Musical Theatre and African styles, led by Christie Crosson and Akosua Boakye with dancers from 8 to 18 fully engaged, and enjoying the creative and vibrant work.

“A challenging, artistic and fun experience that was a real workout” African workshop delegate Later in the day, we had our cross faculty Bursary Award 2020, which showcased our talented young dancers from across seven theatre genres. The evening was a triumph with dancers competing from all over the UK to an exceptionally high standard. Congratulations go to all winners, especially to our Modern Theatre nominees, Saul Farrell (Evolution Dance School) and our Overall Junior Winner, Mathilda MacMillan (The Cheshire Theatre School). We were also lucky to have guest performances from a number of other schools, and dancers from Dance Dynamix and Tring Park performed in the Musical Theatre Amalgamations demonstration. Special thanks must go to Nazene Langfield (Principal of Dance Dynamix) and Lorraine Jones and Antony

Bursary Awards Modern Theatre rehearsals

Dowson (co-Heads of Dance at Tring Park) for allowing their talented pupils to be involved with this new work. Sincere thanks also to all parents who travelled from Liverpool and Tring to support the rehearsals and performance, with added costume support from Amy Addison, Hannah Menzies and Dance Dynamix. Lastly, a special thank you to all of the Modern Theatre Faculty Committee who gave their time to create, rehearse and stage this inspiring new musical theatre syllabus.

Malaysian Awards and Workshops The Malaysian Awards and Faculty Workshops were held at DPAC Academy last November and were the largest to date, with over 130 students participating. The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Malaysian organisers and teachers who facilitated these events so professionally and created such successful, and vibrant days. Report by Malaysian Organiser, Cyn Dee Too We were honoured to have Tereza Theodoulou and Lyn Richardson as our Modern Theatre Adjudicators, with Sadie Morgan teaching diverse styles of classes for the Junior, Senior and

Malaysian Awards – Modern Theatre

Premier divisions. The participants were from Kuala Lumpur, Penang (Malaysia), Singapore and Vietnam. We were grateful to have a local dance supplier, Dancenap Production, who sponsored each section with vouchers for the winners. On 24 November we had a day of workshops in ballet, jazz, and musical theatre for three age groups. Participants had a wonderful time learning from Jason Di Mascio, Sadie Morgan, Vivienne Saxton and Tereza Theodoulou. Report by Caeley Heong Su Ern, Winner of the Senior Award and Lee Lee Lan I was very excited to be part of the Malaysian Awards. As usual I was the most petite dancer in the Senior section. Sadie Morgan’s class was fun and exhilarating. I was a little nervous at the beginning, but soon felt at ease. It was great meeting new friends and I was blessed and thankful to be the winner of the Senior section and recipient of the Lee Lee Lan Award. I would like to thank the adjudicators and especially my teacher Cyn Dee Too. The next day we had a whole day of workshops where I learned so much and the teachers were inspiring. It was a wonderful opportunity to be part of this and even though it was just two days, I will remember and treasure the experience forever. Dance | Issue 489 47

National Dance

Update Bursary Awards Dancers representing the National faculty gave a series of inspiring performances at the recent Bursary Awards at the Place on Sunday 16 February, with nominees dancing in both the Junior and Senior categories. Our Junior nominee was Oakley Bassford from Dupont Dance Stage School, who is taught by Robina Smith, and our Senior nominee was Daniel Soutar from Kilburn School of Dance, who is taught by Amanda Wilkins. Both students were awarded well-deserved runners-up places by the adjudicating panel and many congratulations go to these talented young dancers, with our warm wishes for every success in their future training. While the adjudicating panel were considering their decision, the audience enjoyed a series of dances from guest performers, including an excellent National Senior group from 48 Dance | Issue 489

Kilburn School of Dance who performed the striking Slovakian Wedding choreographed by Robina Smith. Robert Harrold Cup The National committee is keen to keep the memory of the great Robert Harrold alive and from 2021 would like to present a Robert Harrold Cup at festivals with large National sections, which will help to inform the next generation of his legacy. Initial signs are that there is great interest amongst the festival community and more information will follow in due course. Courses Our new Steps & Style course was very well received at Summer School last year. This year the course will include a shared day with Classical Greek for teachers and festival adjudicators interested in learning more about these two genres, followed by a day focusing on Steps & Style. Jill Baldock, who attended last year’s course, writes: “As an adjudicator it is

important to keep in touch with all genres of dance. The National dance has so many countries and styles we need to be constantly learning. It is so easy to go to the theatre or learn from others while working. However, the sheer focus and dedication required to attend a course is far more beneficial. I thoroughly enjoyed my day, having met and shared with other passionate people.” Syllabus news A reprinted version of Vocational Technical Specifications (syllabus notes) is in the process of being finalised into a two-book format, comprising Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate, and Advanced 1 and Advanced 2. DVDs for Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate are also currently being updated. When complete, both the books and the DVDs will be available to purchase in digital and paper form from

Pippa Cobbing Head of Faculty Development for Imperial Classical Ballet, Greek and National

National dance group at the Bursary Awards

National Exams – a child’s perspective We work so hard as teachers to ensure our students are well prepared for exams. At the heart of our endeavours is the desire to provide children with positive and rewarding educational experiences that will help them to grow into well-rounded, informed and accomplished dancers, so it’s gratifying to hear some first-hand accounts from the students themselves. Olivia said “On the day of my exam, I started off really nervous but then when I got into the room the examiner made me feel relaxed. I worked very hard to achieve my result and I am very proud of myself. “I enjoyed every minute of the exam and also learning the work in the

lessons. Learning about the countries (Austria and the Isle of Man) was very exciting including the style of dance and what types of clothes they wore. “I did a project on the countries and wrote about where they are in the world, what different food they ate and their population. I felt really happy whilst doing it. My teacher taught me all I needed to know for my exam. I really enjoy my National lessons.”

At the heart of our endeavours is the desire to provide children with positive and rewarding educational experiences

Joshua commented “National is my favourite genre of dance because I love to see the different types of costumes, learn about the cultures that they come from and see how they are performed. “Before the exam I researched the backgrounds of the two countries whose dances I performed: Austria and the Isle of Man. I made an Austrian laxey wheel out of Lego to show the examiner and researched facts from the countries to share with her on the day. “I wore smart clothes with National dance shoes to the exam which was held at my dance school. The girls looked pretty in their new National skirts and French plaited hair. Of course, the most important thing to wear to any exam and performance is my big smile!” Dance | Issue 489 49

Sequence Dance

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Malcolm Hill Head of Faculty Development for Latin American, Ballroom, Sequence

Sequence Medallist Festival 2020

Inventive Dance Competition 2020 Sunday 15 March was the Inventive Dance Competition held at the West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton. It was a very successful and well supported event considering the growing concerns people were facing as COVID-19 was emerging. The day commenced with our amateur competitors competing in the 3-dance qualifying events for the Blackpool Grand Finals and then was swiftly followed by the two sections of the inventive dance competition. This years winners were Stuart Perry and Beverly Howard with the Rochester Rumba, and Tony and Tina Higgins with the Blue Peter Swing. We would like to congratulate both winners and hope that sequence classes around the country will enjoy learning these dances as they both proved extremely popular when being taught on the day.

Due to the current situation we are unable to hold the Sequence Medallist Festival on 14th June 2020 at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton, but we are hoping to run this in September or early Autumn. Please keep and eye on our website for more information. Due to its unrivalled success last year, the Friendly Pro/Am event is making a welcomed return. There will be an opportunity to qualify for the Blackpool Grand Finals 3-dance event is again on offer and will be split into those competitors not yet qualified and those already qualified. Please visit our website for more information.

Above Sequence Winners Stuart Perry and Beverly Howard with Liz Dale (centre)

3-Dance events for Blackpool Grand Finals 2020 Juvenile

Gainsborough Glide


Waltz  Paso Deena


Premier Two Step

Arcadia Foxtrot

Juneau Jive

Under 35

Regency Mazurka

Tynedale Quickstep

Vistamar Cha Cha Cha

Over 35

Elizabethan Waltz

Eivona Quickstep

Rumba Roxanne

Over 50

New England Gavotte

Tango Callatina

Social Samba

Sequence Faculty Committee Elections Election for the Sequence Faculty Committee opens this year. If you would like to be nominated or know of someone who should be nominated, please contact Megan Garner at for further details. Those with Licentiate status or above only may apply. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2020.

Congratulations The British Dance Council (BDC) Sequence Advisory Committee has a new Chair, Robert Aldred who has served on the Sequence Committee for many years. The Sequence Faculty would like to extend their congratulations to him on this success.

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Tap Dance The Grade 6 DVD, which now also includes the new Alternative Unaccompanied Sequence, has recently been filmed and can be examined from September 2020. The sequence will be taught on courses this year.

Read our updates on various awards and courses around the globe from the UK to Malaysia

Update In addition to our many examination sessions in this country and around the world, in November last year we were jointly involved in the Society’s Malaysian Awards, where some fabulous Tap work was displayed by participants. My thanks to all the competitors, teachers and organisers for their help and support in running the event. Recently, there have been courses around the world, in Ireland, Mexico, 52 Dance | Issue 489

Athens and Malaysia, on the revised Intermediate syllabus, and our thanks go to Shirena Hamza and Clara Lim for organizing the two-day Intermediate course, amongst other events, in Malaysia. Our two Tap Faculty Bursary Awards representatives Evelyn Tagg and Jasmine Gillott, selected in October, gave excellent performances in the main, cross faculty Bursary Awards on 16 February 2020 at The Place. We have just filmed the Grade 6 DVD, which now also includes the

new Alternative Unaccompanied Sequence that can be examined from September 2020. The sequence will be taught on courses this year. Unfortunately, we have had to postpone Tap Challenge this year, but we are hoping to run the Tap Bursary Selection on 29 November. As last year, two entrants will be chosen to represent the Tap Faculty at the crossfaculty Bursary Awards competition next year where they can then go on to win funding towards their training.

Jason Di Mascio Head of Faculty Development for Tap

Courses in Britain and around the world Samantha Murphy reports on the Intermediate Tap course in Ireland

Tap Awards Malaysia Shirena Hamzah reports On 21 November 2019, the Malaysian Tap awards were held for the second time in Kuala Lumpur, bringing together Tap students from various studios in the country and also some from Singapore, to participate in the competition at the Damansara Performing Arts Theatre. It was such a privilege to watch Jason Di Mascio teach the class portion of the awards, which I felt the students thoroughly enjoyed, from the choice of music to the exercises and amalgamations. The audience was kept on the edge of their seats watching the participants tackle the work with ease, style and confidence. It was a wonderful day of learning and sharing.

In Ireland our small but dedicated band of Tap teachers had been hearing wonderful things about the new Intermediate syllabus. We couldn't wait to get the chance to learn it ourselves. That opportunity came in April and May last year and we were not disappointed. Co-creator Alison Forrester delivered two fantastic days to our Irish, and visiting Scottish teachers. The new work was delivered with inspirational anecdotes about its origins and stories of how exercises came to be. Progressions from the lower grades were clear and the developments logical and well thought out. A whole range of music, styles and influences have been incorporated into the syllabus, each working to make for a more educated and well-rounded performer. This current and vibrant syllabus is an exciting start to the vocational level work and I can't wait to see where it takes us next. Clara Lim reports on the Intermediate Tap course in Malaysia It was a pleasure to attend the Intermediate Tap course in November 2019 at Damansara Performing Arts Centre, Malaysia. Jason Di Mascio, the course instructor, welcomed us warmly and led us into the syllabus, starting with the warm-up and quickly moving onto the drills. We spent the next two busy days immersed in learning the technical sequences, the interpretive section, turning step sequences, time steps and the two contrasting dance sequences. We were given plenty of time to check on the details and take notes throughout the course. When we got to the shim sham bow, I was feeling sad because it was the end of a very productive two days and it was also time to say goodbye to the teachers. I would like to thank Jason for delivering

the work with so much clarity and enthusiasm. Although this was my third time attending an Intermediate course, it gave me the opportunity to check on the finer details and a chance to dance this brilliantly choreographed syllabus. Nathan James reports on the Intermediate Tap Day 2 in Bristol Following a jam-packed Day 1 course in January, 17 teachers returned to Dancestation in Bristol for Day 2 to learn additional syllabus. The new work, created by committee members Alison Forrester and Heather Rees, and amalgamations by Ruth Armstrong and Hannah Willcocks, was received with enthusiasm. A physically demanding day, these courses are designed to teach all the syllabus work and provide further detail on developing technique and what each exercise is trying to achieve. The Bristol teachers group gave me an incredibly warm welcome and after six hours of tap dancing still had big smiles on their faces. Alison Forrester reports on the Grade 6 DVD It was great to be finally filming the new version of the Grade 6 DVD at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds in February. This now fits perfectly between the Grade 5 and Intermediate and completes the set. The DVDs are a comprehensive teaching aid, giving the background and knowledge of why and how. With the new Alternative Unaccompanied Sequence added to Grade 6 this year, it now contains the ‘close work’ that bridges the gap between Grade 5 and Intermediate. Grade 6 is a great stepping stone to Intermediate, especially with the introduction of progressive shuffles and cramp roll change for example. It enables the student to build up their technical vocabulary after Grade 5, to work on free rhythm leading towards the improvisation and interpretive section and is the culmination of their time step knowledge built up through the grades. It has been so satisfying to complete the grades and link to Grade 6, after it was created 18 years ago. Dance | Issue 489 53

What’s on

What’s On Dates for your diary For more information on our events and courses, visit

COVID-19 and what this means for 2020 events

Education & Training: Continued Professional Development for Teachers In the face of the current adversity, many members will be looking to find alternative ways to teach classes and give instruction using secure and reliable online streaming services, which is a great way to stay in touch with your students and continue to offer your teaching services. Our Education & Training Team have created downloadable guidance and advice documents about setting up classes online, safeguarding best practice and more. For more information, visit online-learning-and-using-syllabus-material. We are continually updating and adding links to the Industry News and Useful Resources section of our website - be sure to visit this page for more inspiration from the wider dance and creative industries.

Like many organisations around the world, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing is watching the news about COVID-19 closely. We are committed to maintaining the health and well-being of our members, our examiners, students and staff. We continue to follow the advice from the government and wherever possible, we are maintaining our programme of events, exams and courses. We will contact you directly

Want to be on a Faculty committee? Have your say, drive initiatives and assist in the future of the Society. Being on the Society’s esteemed faculty committee allows committee members to: – Promote the development of dance teaching and learning in the disciplines, genres and styles embraced by the Faculty – Advocate and communicate the work of the Faculty to members – Have responsibility for examiners and their training including standardisation and marking schemes for examinations – A ssist in the organisation of courses and events to support members – Develop educational materials to support teachers For more information, please contact Megan Garner at

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Tap syllabus notices

Government support for businesses

Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 Tap candidates are meant to know the vocabulary from the revised Intermediate Tap syllabus.

The UK government has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19. This includes a package of measures to support businesses, such as a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and support for freelancers. To find out your eligibility and to apply, visit

The new Alternative Grade 6 Unaccompanied Sequence is being taught at courses this year, be among the first to learn it! Teachers are allowed to mix tracks from both the recommended Grade 4 playlists in their private sessions. Are your playlists up-to-date? If you are not sure, please contact the Tap Faculty Coordinator at

if an activity you have booked needs to be postponed or cancelled. However, please refer to our events page on our website for the latest information on events. If you have any queries, please email the relevant event organiser listed. During this time of uncertainty, some services might be disrupted, but we will endeavour to support our community to the very best of our ability. We are keeping you updated with the latest news on how best to stay proactive during this period through our dedicated website page: coronavirus-guidance.

Faculty Elections Elections for the Cecchetti, DFR (Disco, Freestyle, Rock n Roll) and Sequence Faculty committees are open this year. Those with Fellowship status only may apply for Cecchetti and those with Licentiate status or above may apply for DFR and Sequence. If you would like to be nominated or know of someone who should be nominated, please contact Megan Garner at

DDE Assessments The Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) assessments, units 1 and 5, are accessible and uploaded on Totara, the learner management system. When a student is ready to submit to the final area within Totara, the Approved Dance Centre (ADC) will need to complete an intent to enter form and email this directly to You are able to contact us prior to this date, but the date published is the last day you are able to submit. If you miss this date you will need to submit in the next batch. The ADC will also follow this with payment to the Society for the individual unit/s. Once payment and intent to enter have been received, the Professional Qualifications team will make arrangements for the Final Assessment areas to become available for the student. The administrative process can take up to 10 days. Please take note of the intent to enter dates when considering planning for the DDE qualification.

Units 1& 5

Intent to enter

Submission for marking


15 Jun 2020

6 Jul 2020

31 Aug 2020

21 Sep 2020

23 Nov 2020

7 Dec 2020

Although the Society will make every effort to adhere to these dates, they are always subject to review and potential alteration. For more information on UK and international examinations, visit Dance | Issue 489 55









Exam Successes

Exam Successes Congratulations to our members who have achieved success in their qualifications.

UK and international examination news is now available on the website.

DDP Jade Carroll Samara Downs Jenni Evans Sarah Fletcher Samantha Harberd Kiera Hegarty Megan Howe Charlotte Hudson Shirley-Anne Osborne Zoe Pritchard Samantha Reed Jacqui Richards Sadie Van Der Spuy Carole-Ann Watson DDE Cecchetti Classical Ballet Janine Griffis Poppy Rhiann Mason Taylor Rowden Francesca Anne Spong Brogan Young Imperial Classical Ballet Mark Allison Emma Louise Banham Charlotte Barton Hannah Rose Batchelor Angela Brierley Caroline Emily Burke Amy Challen Lissette MarĂ­a Contreras Cruz AimĂŠe Louise Cooper Linda Dam April Davies Petra Durkan Leah Evans Graziella Ferretti Emily Francis Chloe Leanne Giles Rosa Gomez-Bengoechea Eve Charlotte Graham Ruth Gillian Hakes Ella Hargan

Rebecca Heath Victoria Hutton Verena Melanie Jung Panagiota Kasiouri Jemma Louise King Emma Rose King Eleanor Myfanwy Poppy Lane Emma Jayne Laws Katrina Margaret MacDonald Natalie Meachin Cinzia Moia Marina Molero-Maltby Debbi Parks Kayleigh Louise Riddell Isabelle Sophie Russell Chloe Shelley Charlotte Emily Smart Jodie Martine Smith Alexandra Sian Taylor-Brown Patrizia Tinnirello Samantha Chantelle Watt Rebecca Louise Wells Natalie White Katherine Woodford Modern Theatre Caterina Banchelli Licia Baraldi Charlotte Barton

Marika Campagnolo Lorna Rose Candlish Shannon Collinge Linda Dam Gemma Louise Donnelly Monica Esparrach Leah Evans Andria Fella Ellis Franklin-Talbot Rosa Gomez-Bengoechea Eve Charlotte Graham Sharon Hargreaves Victoria Hutton Jodie Michelle Innes Verena Melanie Jung Panagiota Kasiouri Caoimhe Kerrigan Vanessa Lombart Katrina Margaret MacDonald Natalie Meachin Helena Jane Mitchell Veronica Jane Monk Delia Mulet Bertran Gina Neal Emina Jane Nicklin Giulia Pierucci Silvia Pierucci Natalie Louise Randhawa Amy May Redmond Dance | Issue 489 57

Exam Successes

DDE Modern Theatre cont. Kayleigh Louise Riddell Caroline Roach Kim Rogers Annarita Ronconi Isabelle Sophie Russell Dolores Seijas Moreda Charlotte Emily Smart Estela Soriano Guarch Harriet Leigh Spence Heidi Stubbings Chantelle Swatridge-Smith Danai Tyraki Natalie White Sophie Frances Whittle Mareike Wolf Katherine Woodford Brogan Young National Dance Brittany Davina Hood-Bladon Tap Dance Katie Victoria Allen Charlotte Barton Ami Louise Dickinson Gemma Louise Donnelly Leah Evans Matthew David Gillett Sharon Hargreaves Rebecca Heath Amy Heather Alison Kay Henderson Natasha Hilfiker Victoria Hutton Emma Rose King Cheryl Lynn Katrina Margaret MacDonald Natalie Meachin Markella Panayi Gianluca Raponi Katherine Margaret Richards Kim Rogers Stephanie Ross Bethan Claire Sinnett Maria Skagia Chantelle Swatridge-Smith Natalie White Sophie Frances Whittle Mareike Wolf Associate Cecchetti Classical Ballet Anna Hyldmo Jebsen Emilie Wikman Timm

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Country Western Siew Jing Lee August Phang Lay Shing T'ng Disco Freestyle Zoe Avis Louise Evans Izabela-Pelagia Foulop Annabelle Rackham Jennifer Reveley Julie Johanna Schröder Ioanna Tsolisou Imperial Classical Ballet Monica Calderon Gabriela Cantón Anaya Anh Dang Mhynard Etis Jimena García Azarel Govea Mara Habichayn Andrade Elena Hernández Jazheel Herrera Sanroman My Huynh Paola Malvido Fernández Veronica Mendoza Gabriela Montes de Oca Hang Nguyen Rebeca Alejandra Ramirez de Aguilar Rodríguez Gøril Roesen Nicole Tabachnik Kaufer Suong Tran Pia Elina Wisung Latin American Wun Ching Chan Ho Kiu Chan Jennifer Siaw Yen Chen Ho Cheung Wing Mei Kong Wong Lai Na Tsz Ni Law Ka Yan Leung Wai Ling Mak Shu Wa Mak Ho Yuen Oscar Ng Kuang Wui Sim Yee Chun Tan Leun Fat Tang Efstratia Tzavella Tee Yun Yi Zhaoyu Zheng Modern Ballroom Conrad Coelho Simon Hung Liang Tiew Panagiotis Voulgaris Jia Wang Liqian Zhu

Modern Theatre Martina Victoria Buzak Anh Dang Leila Djalalvandi Sara Earles Alyssa Lucas Angela Marie Massey Zaida Maria Salinas Carballo Vy Vo National Dance Wai Ki Au Yeung Clea Chapman Wai Ling Chen Haley Everson Anastasia Fischer Shaelynn Breanne Lobbezoo Michiko Nishimura Wai Nai Shum Cho Kwan Szeto Rock n Roll Emily Honour Tia Micheala Helena Thorp Street Dance Raheem Cox Rosella Ferrentino Charissa Haliday Holli Tegan-Louise Mustill Jodie Louise Osborne Rebecca Sandall Lesley Theon Seale Holly Strawberry Shiels Rashad Simmons Tap Dance Kathleen Olson Associate Diploma Imperial Classical Ballet Sandra Barcenas Monique Mai María José Monje Pulido Modern Theatre Alisha Ahmadi Ashleigh Bezzina Michelle McLean Tap Dance Jacqueline Ali Kate Rebekah Voss

Licentiate Cecchetti Classical Ballet Georgina Louise Hird Yasuko Kond Tamara Micallef Daisuke Miura Disco Freestyle Efthimia Argyrakopoulou Stelina Karioti Imperial Classical Ballet Mark Allison Luisa DĂ­az GonzĂĄlez Elisa Picco Latin American Cindy Sin Yee Chung Xiao Hong Kirill Shevelev Randell Lim Xiu Zheng Modern Ballroom Lap Kei Au Cindy Sin Yee Chung Kin Wai Low Man Huen Huester Ng Thein Wei Soo

Modern Theatre Stephanie Ellis Katerina Ioannidou Mariantzela Koufoudi Kayla Rejek Magdalini Tsivitanidou


Rock n Roll Sozon Banavos

Latin American Nicholas Fury Jeroen Haak

Salsa Conrad Coelho Tap Dance Samantha Axford Janine Konczak Dawn Morrish Catherine Margaret Parker

Cecchetti Classical Ballet Marisha Bonnici Imperial Classical Ballet Lorraine Bennett

Modern Ballroom Bruce Lait Russell Jian Liang Lim Roswitha Wetschka Jennifer Anne Worne

The highlight of my graduation was receiving the Associate Latin American Award on stage. At the same time, I was very proud to receive the International Imperial Dancesport Award on behalf of my teacher, Mr John Chong, and read his acceptance speech. David Voon, Associate Latin American

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