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Dance Today Teacher of the Year: meet this year’s shortlist!

Posted on March 19, 2015

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web-totyNext week, on March 28, our Dance Today Teacher of the Year 2015 will be announced in the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Five dance teachers, including one husband and wife team, have made the shortlist this year.

00-warren-and-jane-dsc 9838Ballroom and Latin teachers Warren and Jane Bullock (pictured left), who have represented the UK in major competitions around the globe and featured in numerous British, European and World finals, run a large dance school, Zig Zag Dance Factory, in the Midlands.00-scott-cupit-dancing

Strictly Come Dancing‘s assistant Charleston choreographer Scott Cupit (pictured rightmoved to London in 2009 to open Swing Patrol London, which now runs classes and weekly social dances in venues all over the capital and last year received investment from Deborah Meaden on Dragons’ Den to spread the love for swing further afield.


00-antony-l2d-bournemouth-116Antony Holeksa (pictured left), of Learn to Dance in Berkshire, established his school when Strictly Come Dancing created the demand for a local teacher. Antony teaches everyone from beginners through to advanced dancers in group classes and private lessons, and also runs corporate events and choreographs wedding first dances.

Michelle Moss (pictured righthas run the Michelle Moss School of Performing Arts, in Stoke-on-Trent, for 14 years. She teaches ballet and tap and many of her students now train at the Royal Ballet School,00-michelle-img 5854 the Hammond and Northern Ballet, to name but a few.

The dance teacher who has received the highest number of votes will be announced at the gala evening at the Tower Ballroom on Saturday 28, which will include music by the fabulous Ross Mitchell, His Band and Singers, Young Champions in Cabaret and Learn and Improve sessions. Bandleader Ross Mitchell will present the winning teacher with his or her trophy.


Photographs courtesy of the shortlisted teachers

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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