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Thursday, 09 January 2020 15:33

Gaynor Fielding - Ballroom President

I started to dance at the early age of 4 some 56 years ago.
 
I am now fully qualified in Ballroom, Latin, Classical, Sequence, Rock N Roll and Freestyle giving me an excellent background into all forms of dance not only Ballroom and Latin.
 
My love of dancing originated in Ballroom and Latin and then extended to Classical & Sequence as we were encouraged to take exams in all branches. 
 
These I continued until I had taken all exams possible with the ISTD giving me vast experience and knowledge that later helped me as a teacher and examiner.
 
As a juvenile competitor on the open circuit, I competed in all branches until the end of my junior career and in my early amateur career, I focused mainly on Ballroom & Latin. 
 
After turning professional I started Classical again to enable me to teach this branch in our dance school.
 
Dancing on the open circuit helped develop my dancing further, gaining knowledge from many top teachers and coaches and also allowing me to become champion through all of the age groups and ranking amongst the top couples.
 
Taking my professional qualifications in 1990 I gained Highly Commended with marks of 95%. I then went on to gain higher qualifications that enabled me to judge championships in all grades and later become an examiner.
 
I have trained many successful dancers in the medallist system, with many of those winning first places and places in finals at medallist of the year for many years.  
 
I also train many open couples on the circuit which we are still heavily involved with today.
 
I am a fully qualified examiner of the ABD.
 
As you can see I have 45 years dancing experience which I would bring to this role.
 
I am now very proud to be Head of Faculty in the ABD for Classical, a role that I hope will enable me to bring Classical to the schools of ABD and has allowed me to write the syllabus for this genre.
 
I am very passionate about my role as both a Dance teacher and examiner in all branches for the ABD
Thursday, 09 January 2020 15:31

Caroline Haines - Theatre President

I began my dancing journey at the age of 5 at Chester’s School of Dance, Fleetwood Lancashire, under Principal Hazel Neilson who was a highly regarded and experienced dancer and teacher. I regularly attended tutorial classes in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz gaining many high-grade exams under her tutelage.
 
Hazel had a profound influence on my early years as a young dancer. She was a perfectionist and much of her influence has rubbed off on me which I found particularly helpful as I embarked on a professional career as a dancer myself.
 
Many top TV acts at the time started their careers as a Butlin’s Redcoat, so at just 16 I decided to begin there. It was such an enjoyable experience and the social side, meeting and interacting with guests was also appealing.
 
After performing in pantomime and by the age of 18 I had my first overseas contract in Japan dancing in cabaret shows and a year later my career changed course as I won regular contracts aboard cruise ships performing and choreographing routines.
 
After several years of professional performing, I settled back in the UK with my husband Paul and a short while later my son Ryan and daughter Danielle were born. I spent their early years outside of the dance world but it was always in my mind that at some point in the future I would re-visit in some form or other. It was only natural that my path would change as my hunger to be involved with dance grew as it had been a huge part of my life previously.
 
As soon as Danielle was old enough I began to look in the local area for a reputable dance school and was introduced to Jacqueline Loats at Arabesque Dance Academy. It was here that my urge to be involved in my lifelong passion became ignited and I started my professional training to become a teacher. The encouragement, support, and guidance I received was second to none and continues to the present day. I was encouraged to develop my skills by Arabesque and ABD and through their continued support I was able to achieve examiner and adjudicator status and represent ABD at the annual TDCI meetings.
 
ABD has become a leading association that has surpassed all standards amongst dance associations nationally and I am tremendously proud to say that I am a small part of the family. 
Thursday, 01 December 2016 16:44

Peter Nash - Ballroom Director

Peter joined ABD 4 years ago and was instrumental in setting up the ABD Ballroom Southern Area and currently holds the position of Chairman.

Peter is a Fellow & Examiner of the ABD.

Under Peter’s chairmanship, the Southern Region has been extremely busy and successful holding competitions and events leading onto Southern Area scholarships being awarded to competitors and pupils of the Southern Region members.

Peter represents the ABD at the British Dance Council Board of Directors'  & Teachers' Committee meetings.

Peter is in great demand as a Judge and spends a lot of his time travelling up and down the country recommending ABD to fellow dancers.

Friday, 08 January 2016 16:24

Please support this great cause.

One of our Theatre Members Lorraine George has written a book to raise funds for her charity The Rob George Foundation which she set-up with her husband in memory of their youngest son Rob whose life was cruelly cut short by acute myeloid leukaemia.

The foundation has two aims.

  • To financially or practically support young people with life threatening illnesses
  • To financially support young people in the worlds of Sport or Performing Arts who demonstrate enormous commitment, and/or ability, but can show that they are being stopped from fulfilling their full potential due to their financial situation.

The book is called ‘End to End – with love. X” It is available in paperback from Amazon for £15.99  and all proceeds will go to the Rob George Foundation and support young people when they need it most.

Four years in the life of an ordinary mother. A book from the heart, attempting to record what it is like to find your life out of your control. Share the uncomfortable juxtaposition of deep sadness alongside enormous fun and pride. On the one hand "End to End – with love. x" is a journey through the eyes of a mother, as her youngest son faces a life threatening illness. Intertwined with this runs an account of her journey, literally from the end to end of Britain, on a bike! This was a trip they had planned to make together. This is a true-life account of the surprising strength, determination and power that can be found deep within us. Life will never be the same again for this mother and her family. Perhaps it will inspire you too? Proceeds from the sale of this book will help support the work of The Rob George

http://www.amazon.co.uk/End-love-x/dp/1519712324

 

Further Information:

You can read more about Lorraine’s son and fundraising events on the Rob George Foundation website and social media sites below.

http://therobgeorgefoundation.co.uk/about-us/

F:  https://www.facebook.com/therobgeorgefoundation

T: https://twitter.com/RGFcharity

 

Four years in the life of an ordinary mother. A book from the heart, attempting to record what it is like to find your life out of your control. Share the uncomfortable juxtaposition of deep sadness alongside enormous fun and pride. On the one hand "End to End – with love. x" is a journey through the eyes of a mother, as her youngest son faces a life threatening illness. Intertwined with this runs an account of her journey, literally from the end to end of Britain, on a bike! This was a trip they had planned to make together. This is a true-life account of the surprising strength, determination and power that can be found deep within us. Life will never be the same again for this mother and her family. Perhaps it will inspire you too? Proceeds from the sale of this book will help support the work of The Rob George 

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 14:52

NEW Regulation Exam wear

As of September 2015 IDS now supply all of our exam wear. There is a two-year crossover period where both old uniform and new can be worn.

You can purchase from here https://ids.co.uk/abd/show/all

You can download the Exam Uniform List with the link directly below.

 

After due consideration, the ABD has decided to alter its Opportunity/Novice Ruling for
ALL Festival/Competition Entries

Solos

An Opportunity/Novice dancer is a dancer who has not been placed (1st –  4th ) in either a Stage or a Classical discipline (either in an Opportunity/Novice or Open section) in either an ABD organised festival/competition or any other festival/competition that they have previously entered.

 

A decision has been made regarding sections offered by the ABD and these will be as follows:-

Junior Stage
                     
Opportunity/Novice Solo

Junior Classical                
Opportunity/Novice Solo

Inter Stage                         
Opportunity/Novice Solo

Inter Classical                   
Opportunity/Novice Solo

Senior Stage                     
Opportunity/Novice Solo

Senior Classical               
Opportunity/Novice Solo

Competitors will be restricted to two (2) entries per age section and category.

Eg.        

Junior Stage
1st  Entry Tap & 2nd Entry Modern

Inter Classical
1st Entry Ballet & 2nd Entry Character

There will be NO Opportunity/Novice sections for Baby, Duets or Trios.

Troupes & Groups

There will be an Opportunity/Novice section for Troupes/Groups .

Here the ruling is the entered dance must not have been placed (1st – 3rd) in either a Stage or a Classical discipline (either in an Opportunity/Novice or Open section) in either an ABD organised festival/competition or any other festival/competition that it has previously taken part in.

Clarification of Categories

Stage Dances

Acro/Freestyle/Hip Hop/Lyrical/Modern/Own Arrangement/Soft Musical Comedy/Song & Dance/Tap

Classical Dances

Ballet/Character/Contemporary
/Greek/National

You can download this article in PDF format to email or print if needed with the link below.

Thursday, 30 July 2015 00:00

Congress Gala Dinner 2015

If you would like a 10" x 8" print of any of these photos please contact the office. To cover the photographers fee and paper, print, packaging and post.
The cost of each 10 x 8 is £7 or you can have a high-res digital version, printable up to A3 for £4. A lot of the group table images are slightly darker - if you would like one of these photos we can increase the lighting before printing or sending you a digital copy.

0121 288 4166

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:00

Gerry & Ginger Launch

Get your Gerry & Ginger pack here: https://my.abd.dance/cart.php?gid=12

Gerry & Ginger are two giraffes who love dancing more than anything else and they like to share their joy of dance with other girls and boys.

They can do Ballroom to Ballet, Latin American to Tap and Modern – in fact, any kind of dancing that you as their teacher like to teach!

Gerry & Ginger is a young child friendly scheme born out of experience of a team of ABD dance teachers whose years of working with young children have helped to devise a system of engaging with young children that makes dance fun whilst broadening their imaginations both musically and creatively enabling them to learn dance and movement at their own pace whilst being rewarded with certificates, stickers and awards – all based on the Gerry & Ginger theme.

This system ensures that the children bond with Gerry & Ginger whilst learning dance and movement ensuring that they return every week to see Gerry & Ginger in class whilst collecting their various stickers and awards.

Loveable Gerry & Ginger are the focal points of the class giving the teacher an opportunity to introduce steps and sequences as they see fit but with a constant emphasis on fun.

ABD will supply you with a Gerry & Ginger cuddly toy with dance accessories to use in the class.

You may choose to let the children take them home for the week on a rota basis – eventually, when the children take their medal tests, they can be awarded their own replica Gerry & Ginger too!

When the children gain their first medal, Ginger & Gerry will too because they and the class will want to work together building on this bond that will ensure that your classes are always full as the children collect their stickers each week to place on their personal certificates.

The pack contains 10 high-quality certificates, 60 stickers, and a plastic holder.

The cost per pack is just £20; working out at £2 per pupil over 6 weeks – a realistic price that you can either absorb or add on to your class charge.

ABD can supply Gerry & Ginger as a cuddly toy for use in class with dance accessories for £15 each or large replicas (4 feet high) for £70 each – accessories extra.

Interested?

Contact ABD: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get your Gerry & Ginger pack here: https://my.abd.dance/cart.php?gid=12

Friday, 21 November 2014 13:47

Congress Dinner & Dance 2014

This years Dinner & Dance - High Resolution Images will be uploaded next week that you will be able to print.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:24

Scholarships Day 2014

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It's never been easier to join the ABD

Why not become part of the fastest growing dance examination board in the UK.

We have a vibrant young membership and offer great teacher support and training courses throughout the country, as well as festivals, competitions and opportunities to perform in a professional environment.

If you are qualified with another association, you can transfer your qualifications to ABD without taking an examination. 

You can apply for your full membership here: Membership Application