Adelmo Mandia

Originally from Italy Adelmo started dancing at a young age. He initially competed in Ballroom and Latin American dancing. At the age of 15 he decided to specialise in Latin American dancing and reached the final of the Italian Youth Championships.

At the age of 20 he moved to England and starting dancing with Leah Rolfe. Together they have been finalists at the British National and UK Closed Championships since 2013 and in 2016 we were placed second, that year they also made the semi-final of the European Championships.

In 2014 they entered BRITAIN`S GOT TALENT with a superb group called KINGS & QUEENS, we were very happy to make the live shows on ITV.

Stephen Arnold

Stephen Arnold

Stephen has been dancing since the age of five and has worked his way thought the adult rankings and now makes the final of major national Ballroom dancing competitions and the quarter-finals of major international Ballroom dancing competitions.

Being a competitor on the international dance circuit Stephen commits a great deal of time on his dancing but has also learnt ballet, jazz and street dancing and used these skills, along with his Ballroom and Latin American dancing skills, as a cast member of Vertigo Cafe in 2011 and 2013.

Stephen has been fortunate enough to have travelled to the USA, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Russia and Poland with his dancing.

Jade Birchall

Jade Birchall

Jade has danced for 23yrs in styles such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and of course Ballroom and Latin American. Over the years she has taken and passed a variety of dancing exams and has won multiple competitions for both ISTD and IDTA. Jade has trained at some of the best studios in the world including being a Junior Associate at the Royal Ballet School and gaining a National Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, Surrey. She has performed and competed all over the world including Holland, Paris, Miami and New York. Jade continues her teacher training through the ISTD.

Gillian Cook

Gillian Cook

Gillian began performing Ballet at the age of two, extending her repertoire over the years to Tap, Modern and all other solo dance genres.  

At 18, Gillian was competing for and representing the UK as an amateur in her true love, Modern Ballroom and Latin American dancing, domestically as well as across international territories such as mainland Europe, Russia, the Far East and the US. On turning 26, she had qualified as a professional teacher with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), lucky enough to have trained with the world’s best in the UK, Europe and the US. Beyond teaching, Gillian lectures, coaches and choreographs shows.

Gillian has competed and represented herself and her country as a dancer, however she feels her major achievements lie in teaching and seeing an individual develop. 

Edita Doncakova

Edita Doncakova

Edita’s teaching ability ranges from complete beginners to those studying for professional qualifications. In 1999 she won the Phyllis Haylor Scholarship and is a qualified teacher in Ballroom, Latin American and Rock and Roll. Edita is a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and also an examiner of the same association meaning she is one of the few people nationwide who assess and grade pupils from other dance schools.

Her experience of alternative styles of dancing such as Salsa and Argentine Tango led her to her being a member of the dance societies club dance committee. Over her career Edita has lectured, demonstrated, been seen on TV and arranged and taken part in numerous events.

Ranse Howell

Ranse Howell

Ranse has over 25 years of experience as a teacher, coach, adjudicator and choreographer. Originally he trained in the UK before moving to the USA where he received his BFA in Dance and Performing Arts. Ranse, originally a contemporary dancer and actor, performed throughout the USA and Europe and developed a great affection for Ballroom and Latin American. In America he competed professionally in Latin American, American Rhythm and Showdance/Caberet. Ranse has professional teaching qualifications from the ISTD (Licentiate in Latin and Ballroom) and from the NADTA (Memebership in Latin, Ballroom, American Rhythm, American Smooth and Theatre Arts).

He likes his students to have fun, while feeling that they have been challenged and achieveing success with a sense of accomplishment.

Ryan McShane & Ksenia Zsikhotska

Ryan McShane & Ksenia Zsikhotska

Ryan began dancing in Northern Ireland when he was seven. After finishing University Ryan moved to Liverpool and within a year was a member of the British team and was ranked in the top twelve couples in the world.

Ksenia’s first introduction to dance was aged four in Ukraine. After moving to the UK she was fortunate enough to experience the World Famous Winter Gardens in Blackpool and she was hooked on ballroom dancing.
Since dancing together Ryan and Ksenia have continued to move up the adult rankings and are currently the reigning United Kingdom Latin American Dance Champions. They also perform many shows and have been seen on TV

Yasmin Priestnall

Yasmin Priestnall

Yasmin started Ballroom and Latin American dancing when she was five years old. She started dancing because her mother danced and wanted Yasmin to have the same enjoyment she had through dancing. The highlight of her juvenile and junior career was winning the British National Junior Ballroom Championships in 2005.

To further her career she moved to Italy and quickly began reaching the semi-finals of various international dancing competitions. She has also dabbled in contemporary and ballet dancing. Yasmin is quickly moving up though the adult rankings and now makes the final of major national Ballroom dancing competitions and the quarter-finals of major international Ballroom dancing competitions.

Oleg Storozhuk

Oleg Storozhuk

Oleg started dancing when he was five years old in Ukraine. After finishing High School he went to study at the Kharkov State Academy of Physical Culture until 2005 and was in the Department of Ballroom Choreography and Directing. Oleg was the Ukrainian Ballroom and Latin American dance champion from 2001 to 2003 and reached the quarter-finals of the World Dance Championships in 2005 and 2006.

Oleg began teaching in Ukraine and Russia before moving to the UK in 2007 to continue his dancing career through competing, teaching and as a choreographer. Oleg has a particular ability in partnering pupils at competitions and enjoys frequent success including many students who have placed first at our annual national grand finals.

Diana Wykes

Diana Wykes

Diana has been teaching dancing for the last nineteen years and has amassed a great deal of experience and knowledge training and coaching pupils of all ages and abilities. Her experience led her to becoming a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing sequence committee where she uses her vast knowledge to help direct the work of our dance society. She also writes articles for the societies dance magazine.

Diana is a professionally qualified teacher in Ballroom, Latin American and sequence styles of dancing and has the distinguished accolade of being a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Her knowledge and experience has led to her demonstrating, lecturing and adjudicating as far afield as Japan.

Nico

Nico

Nico started Ballroom and Latin American dancing aged four and has competed in various competitions around Europe since then regularly making the final of events. As he got older Nico also became interested in singing and acting. In 2010 he won a major national TV talent show in Ukraine where there was a need to sing, dance and act to be successful and then began pursuing a singing career.  He has continued his Ballroom and Latin American dancing throughout this time and has had successes training top couples in Latvia and Armenia. As a side note for those who have an interest in the Eurovision Song Contest Nico has entered the national selection competition for Latvia in 2013 and 2014.

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