Richard Gleave OBE

CHAIRMAN of Adjudicators

1951 – started with Old Time dancing in Slough
1953 – won the British Junior Championships at the age of 10 in the Old Time Section and then later in the Ballroom Section.
Became Amateur in 1960, and won the British Open Championships three times in 1968, 1969 and 1970, and the World Championships in 1969 and 1970.
Turned Professional in Blackpool in 1970, and in 1971, tied for second place in the Professional section of the British Open Championship. In 1973, became British Open Champion, and subsequently went on to win the British Open and World Championships 8 times. Also he won the European, United Kingdom and International Championships. A total of 54 major Championships!
United Kingdom 10 Dance Champion 3 times

Retire from competing in 1981, and concentrated on teaching at the Kingston Dance Studio.

1994 – British Team Captain

1997 – Chairman of Judges at the British Open Dance Festival

2010 – In response to the banning of couples from International events, Richard formed the Freedom to Dance Facebook, and within 24 hours had over a thousand members. The Freedom to Dance Principle has been a source of great hope and support for young dancers all over the World. Freedom to Dance, Open to the World Competitions will celebrate it’s fifth year in 2015. Subsequently, Freedom to Dance International has been founded. Patron Sir Frederick Barclay.

2012 – Awarded the O.B.E. for services to Ballroom Dancing from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

Richard Miller

Compere / Master of Ceremonies

Master of ceremonies Presenter, and TV and Radio commentator
Master of Ceremonies for An Evening with Shirley Ballas tour 2021.
Co-Organiser choreographer and owner of Backlash Ballroom the stage show.
Co owner of Dance House of Norwich Ltd
Partner Miller Dance Centre Norwich. ( Est 1991)

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly

Sound & Music

• Executive Event Organiser, Coordinator & Compere.
• Professional DJ & Sound Engineer.
• Musical Director for the British, Imperial & World Dance Championships.
• Certified BDC Championship Adjudicator, Chairperson & Scrutineer.
• World, European and UK Professional 10 Dance Finalist.
• United Kingdom 10 Dance Champion x 2
• British Professional Showdance Champion x 2

Anne Gleave

1989 – British Open and World Professional Ballroom Champions

1991 and 1993 – British Open Professional Ballroom Champions

1989, 1991 and 1992 – European Professional Ballroom Champions

Retired in 1994 at the Team Match in Blackpool.

2003 – British team captain, as part of the Open Ceremony of the British Team Match, Anne danced with Peter Eggleton and Karen Hilton danced with Bill Irvine in a ‘duel’

Red Button Commentary for the BBC Strictly Come Dancing Series

2011 – co-presenter of the first Freedom to Dance Open to the World Competitions
There are currently 27 countries, and 77 Ambassadors involved in Freedom to Dance International events Worldwide.

2016 – Returned with Partner John Wood to Demonstrate at the World Superstars Japan

2019 – Presented with the Imperial Highness Prince Makasa Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by Her Imperial Royal Highness Princess Akiko of Makasa.

Andrew Sinkinson

National, International and World Champion during his career from Juvenile to Professional

Karen Hilton MBE

16 times World Champion in her Amateur and Professional Career in Latin, 10 Dance, Ballroom and Showdance.

Michael Styleanos

Michael Stylianos has been full time professional since 1965. With his wife Lorna he enjoyed a fruitful competitive career winning and successfully defended all major professional Latin American Championships
After their competitive retirement they continued to appear in cabaret and were much in demand worldwide. They have appeared in front of members of the Royal family on numerous occasions and in 1986 were the first and only Latin American dancers to appear at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Internationally well known, Michael travels the world teaching, lecturing and adjudicating, He currently coaches the current day Champions and has been responsible for the training of many National, European and World Champions.

He has received awards for his teaching achievements from Slovenia, Greece, the USA and Finland, where he also received the freedom of the City of Oluo.
Michael also received a Carl Alan for the person to do the most for Ballroom Dancing. This was mainly due to his involvement and publicity with the British Ice-Skating Team. He contributed enormously towards the success of Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean, introducing many of the Latin American movements onto the ice.
He holds triple Fellowship qualifications with the prestigious Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and was elected as a Latin American Faculty official. In 1998 Michael was invited to sit on the Grand Council of the ISTD. He is Co Organiser of several International Championship events each year including the Coveted “Carl Alan Awards”
Michael is also Vice President of the European Dance Organisation.

Jane Byrnes

Professional
• United Kingdom Closed Latin American Champions.
• British National South American Latin Showdance Champions.
• World South American Latin Showdance Championship Finalists.
• European Latin American Championship Finalists.
• World Latin American Masters Finalists.
• United Kingdom Rising Star Latin American Champions.
• International adjudicator encompassing World’s, British Open, International Open, UK Open, & British National.
• Director of JJ Dance Studios in Beckenham.
• Teaches internationally & at JJ Dance Studios in Beckenham.

Amateur
• Undefeated British National Latin American Champions.
• European 10 Dance Champions.
• Finalists – World, International (3rd), British Open (3rd), UK Open, European, & all other major Championships in the world.

Timothy Howson

Timothy Howson

The ‘only’ Juvenile, Junior, Youth, Amateur, and Professional British Open Champion.

Carol MacRaild

British, UK, International and World Latin Finalist. Now a world wide coach to many top Latin dancers in all categories from Juniors, Youth, Amateur and Professionals. International Junior Ballroom Champion, Major World Finalist for many years before retiring to concentrate on teaching the next generation of dancers to fulfil their dreams – “to do, to be and to guide”. I started training from the best taking all the advice and Information to further my dancing career as both dancer, coach and choreographer.

Kenny Welsh

Kenny, originally from Liverpool, England, started his career from the tender age of 10 winning the International Juvenile Ballroom Championship, then went on to
win the International and Open British Ballroom Championships with Cathy Owen. As an Amateur he became International, United
Kingdom, 3 times North of England, British National Champions, World, European and Open British Ballroom Champions with Kathy
Gilmartin in 1981.This achievement was also honoured with a Carl Alan Award presented by Princess Margaret.
 
It was at this point Marion and Kenny’s paths came together; they were married in 1982. Their dance career spanned the 1980’s, competing against great
names like Michael and Vicky Barr, Stephen and Lindsey Hillier, Hans and Anne Laxholm, Werner and Ingid Fuhrer, Tommy and
Cherry Sakuramoto. Later into the eighties, Marcus and Karen Hilton, John and Anne Wood and Oliver and Martina Wessel-Therhorn.
 
Together as Professionals, they quickly accredited themselves as Runner up in the United Kingdom and European 10 Dance
Championships, aswell as grand finalists of the World 10 Dance.
​British National Latin Championships. Grand Finalists for 8 years: United Kingdom, International, European, World and British Open Ballroom
Championships.
Later had the honour of being members of the undefeated “British Team”, became World Cup Ballroom Champions
and British National Ballroom Champions.
Since retiring from competitive dancing in 1989 they have been highly active initially with demonstrating, then coaching, lecturing
and adjudicating in the World of Dance.
In 1993 The world famous ‘Dance Options Cheam’ became a dream come true when they formed a partnership with their co-founders.
Kenny now a Director of the British Council, Honorary Chairman for the HKIAABDS (Wheelchair organisation) and President of The
Ballroom Dancers’ Federation.
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