Posted on November 20, 2013
The spacious banqueting suite in Slough’s Centre was recently the venue again for Bateman’s Anniversary Ball, which is held each year in memory of Ken Bateman by his wife and 2013 Carl Alan Lifetime Dedication to Dance Award winner, Blanche Ingle-Bateman (pictured with, from left, Mark and Olga Elsbury and Emma-Lee and DjordieTanasijevic).
Fifty-nine years have now passed since Blanche and Ken founded their very successful dance school in Slough and it is still going strong today. Many current and past students were present to pay their respects to Ken’s memory and to his legacy, with Blanche, to the world of dance.
The Mayor of Slough attended with his entourage as guest of honour and was received to great applause. Music was provided for the evening’s dancing by popular music master, coach and adjudicator Colin Mansbridge, ably assisted by Sandra Dear who also acted as compère for the evening’s dancing. The event was sponsored by Supadance.
Two wonderful dance cabarets, with alternating dances, were the highlight of the evening’s entertainment, with a superb Latin American demonstration by Professional stars Djordie and Emma-Lee Tanasijevic and a lovely ballroom show by Amateur aces Mark and Olga Elsbury (pictured right).
Both demonstration teams were later presented by Blanche with bouquets of flowers to loud applause from the appreciative audience. Blanche then paid tribute also to the many friends and colleagues who had supported her in organising and running the evening. This was once again a truly memorable event and a fitting tribute to the memory of a greatly loved dance personality. Next year’s ball on November 8, 2014 will be the Diamond Anniversary and is a date not to be missed.
Words: Timothy Palmer
Photograph: Ron Self