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THE BDC STORY

The first move to rationalize the world of social dance was on May 12th 1920 when the British Dancing Times magazine held an “Informal Conference” of teachers of ballroom dancing in the Grafton Galleries. Any who were interested could attend and an attendance of some 200 was achieved. Philip J S Richardson O.B.E. editor of the Dancing Times was elected to the Chair. This original conference led to three further conferences resulting in a report in 1921 establishing the basic forms for One-Step, Foxtrot, Waltz and Tango. A fourth conference was held in 1922

Over the period of the next seven years three more conferences were held setting forth rules for guidance in such matters as amateur status. This informal committee continued its work and in 1929 adopted the title of “Official Board of Ballroom Dancing” that in 1985 changed its name to “British Dance Council”. In this brief history it is appropriate that it should identify the original 1929 Committee. It comprised: Josephine Bradley, Grace Cone, Ruby Peeler, Adela Roscoe, Muriel Simmons, Eve Tynegate –Smith, F. C. Barlow, H. Bloodworth, Santos Casani, Andy Cowan, H Vivian Davies, Mr. Greenwell, F.W. C. Leslie, Alec Miller, Alex Moore, M. Pierre, St. John Rumsay, Victor Sylvester, Maxwell Stewart, Major Cecil Taylor and P.J.S. Richardson M.B.E.as Chairman. The British Dance Council, then known as the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing, was instrumental in the formation of the International Council of Ballroom Dancing, now the World Dance Council.

Currently the body’s main committee comprises delegates from the following professional bodies:

Allied Dancing Association

Associated Board of Dance

British Association of Teachers of Dancing

International Dance Teachers Association

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

National Association of Teachers of Dancing

Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association

Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance

United Kingdom Alliance Ltd

Welsh Alliance of Teachers of Dancing

The Association of Dance and Freestyle Professionals

Ballroom Dancers’ Federation

British Competitors Dancesport Corporation

Dance Promoters Association

Blackpool Entertainment Company Limited


PRESIDENTS AND CHAIRMEN OF THE BDC since its creation

DATE PRESIDENT CHAIRMAN
1929-1958 VACANT P.J.S. RICHARDSON
1959-1962 P.J.S. RICHARDSON ARTHUR FRANKS
1963 ARTHUR FRANKS ALEX WARREN
1964 VACANT ALEX WARREN
1965-1968 ALEX WARREN  LEONARD MORGAN
1969-1972 ALEX WARREN WILFRED ORANGE 
1973 ALEX WARREN STAN ATACK
1974-1989 LEONARD MORGAN LEONARD MORGAN
1990-2003 FREDDIE BOULTWOOD FREDDIE BOULTWOOD
2004-2009 LEN ARMSTRONG LEN ARMSTRONG
2010-2020 BRYAN ALLEN  BRYAN ALLEN
2020-present MARCUS HILTON M.B.E. MARCUS HILTON M.B.E.

The work of the current BDC covers all aspects of social dance. It grants the right for individuals or organizations to run dance championships either open to the world or restricted to Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Professional Ballroom, Latin American, Classical Sequence (Old Time and Modern), including  corresponding amateur events, covering various age groups.

The major championships are the British Open Professional, British National Professional, UK Open Professional, UK Closed Professional Ballroom and Latin.

BRITISH NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM CHAMPIONS (from 1975).

1975 Richard and Janet Gleave,

1976 Byron and Dorothy Charlton,

1977 – 1982 Michael and Vicky Barr

1983 – 1985 Stephen Hillier and Lindsay Tate

1986 Kenny and Marion Welsh

1987 Marcus and Karen Hilton

1988 John Wood and Anne Lewis

1989 Marcus and Karen Hilton

1990 John Wood and Anne Lewis

1991—1992 Andrew and Loraine Sinkinson

1993 Andrew Sinkinson and Amanda Owen

1994—1995 Luca Baricchi and Loraine Barry

1996 Andrew Sinkinson and Adele Preston

1997 Andrew Sinkinson and Charlotte Jorgensen

1998—1999 Luca and Loraine Baricchi.

2000—2001 Christopher Hawkins and Hazel Newberry

2002 Alan and Donna Shingler

2003 Christopher Hawkins and Hazel Newberry

2004 Timothy Howson and Joanne Bolton

2005 Christopher and Justyna Hawkins

2006 Timothy Howson and Joanne Bolton

2007 Jonathon Crossley and Lyn Marriner

2008 Jonathon Wilkins and Hazel Newberry

2009 – 2017 Warren and Kristi Boyce

2018-2019 Mark and Olga Elsbury 

BRITISH NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL LATIN CHAMPIONS (from 1975).

1975—1976 Alan and Hazel Fletcher

1977 Peter Maxwell and Lynn Harman

1978 -1979 Keith and Judy Clifton

1980 – 1982 Sammy and Shirley Stopford

1983 – 1984 David Sycamore and Denise Weavers

1985 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl

1986 David Sycamore and Denise Weavers

1987 Donnie Burns and Gayner Faireather

1988 – 1993 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl

1994 -1995 Corky and Shirley Ballas

1996 – 1997 Bryan Watson and Karen Hardy

1998 Paul Killick and Karina Kyklova

1999 Gordon and Nicola Nordin

2000 – 2003 Paul Killick and Hanna Karttunen

2004 Matthew Cutler and Charlotte Egstrand

2005 – 2006 Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova

2007 Paul Richardson and Olga Rodionova

2008 Paul Killick and Oksana Zoloterevskaya

2009 -2012 Gregor Rebula and Rachel Heron

2013-2015 Neil and Ekaterina Jones

2016 Ryan Mcshane and Ksenia Zsikhotska 

2017-2019 Gunnar Gunnarsson and Marika Doshoris 

 BRITISH PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM CHAMPIONS (open to the world) SINCE INCEPTION.

1931 Maxwell Stewart and Pat Sykes.

1932 Timothy Palmer and Kathleen Price

1933 Timothy Palmer and Edna Dean

1934 -1936 Henry Jacques and Mavis Deeming

1937 -1938 Cyril Farmer and Adela Roscoe

1939 Timothy Palmer and Ella Spowart

1940 Sydney Lee and Vera Dunham

1941 –1945 Suspended – War Period

1946 Charles Theibault and Doreen Beahan

1947 Tie between Wally Fryer and Violet Barnes and John Wells and Renee Sissons.

1948 -1949 Wally Fryer and Violet Barnes

1950 -1952 Len Scrivener and Nellie Duggan

1953 Sonny Binick and Joyce Hayward

1954 Tie between Sonny Binick and Sally Brock and Alf Davies and Julie Reaby

1955 Sonny Binick and Sally Brock

1956 Alf Davies and Julie Reaby

1957-1958 Sonny Binick and Sally Brock

1959 -1961 Harry Smith-Hampshire and Doreen Casey

1962 -1964 Bill and Bobbie Irvine

1965 Peter Eggleton and Brenda Winslade.

1966 Bill and Bobbie Irvine

1967 -1968 Peter Eggleton and Brenda Winslade.

1969 -1972 Anthony Hurley and Fay Saxton

1973 -1978 Richard and Janet Gleave

1979 Michael and Vicky Barr

1980 -1981 Richard and Janet Gleave

1982 -1985 Michael and Vicky Barr

1986 - 1988 Stephen Hillier and Lindsay Tate

1989 John Wood and Anne Lewis

1990 Marcus and Karen Hilton

1991 John Wood and Anne Lewis

1992 Marcus and Karen Hilton

1993 John Wood and Anne Lewis

1994 -1998 Marcus and Karen Hilton

1999-2001 Luca Baricchi and Loraine Barry

2002 Augusto Schiavo and Lyn Marriner

2003 -2004 Christopher Hawkins and Hazel Newberry

2005 Timothy Howson and Joanne Bolton

2006-2009 Mirko Gozzoli and Alessia Betti

2010-2016 Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova 

2017 Victor Fung and Anastasia Muravyeva

2018 Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova

2019 Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio 

 BRITISH PROFESSIONAL LATIN CHAMPIONS (open to the world) SINCE INCEPTION.

1964 Walter and Marianne Kaiser

1965 Robert and Margurite O’Hara

1966 Bill and Bobbie Irvine

1967-1970 Rudolf and Mechthild Trautz 

1971 – 1972 John and Betty Westley

1973-1974 Hans -Peter and Ingeborg Fischer 

1975 Michael Stylianos and Lorna Lee

1976 Peter Maxwell and Lynn Harman

1977 Alan and Hazel Fletcher

1978 Peter Maxwell and Lynn Harman

1979 – 1980 Alan and Hazel Fletcher

1981-1982 Espen and Kiersten Salberg

1983 Sammy and Shirley Stopford

1984 –1988 Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather

1989 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl

1990 Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather

1991 – 1992 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl

1993 Johann and Nadia Eftedal 

1994 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl

1995 – 1996 Corky and Shirley Ballas.

1997-1999 Jukka Haapalainen and Sirpa Suutari

2000 Bryan Watson and Carmen 

2001 Jukka Haapalainen and Sirpa Suutari

2002-2007 Bryan Watson and Carmen 

2008 -2015 Michal Malitowski and Joanna Leunis 

2016-2019 Ricardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko 

UNITED KINGDOM PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM CHAMPIONS (open to the world)

1961 Harry Smith-Hampshire and Doreen Casey 

1962-1963 Peter Eggleton and Brenda Winslade 

1964-1965 Bill Irvine and Bobbie Irvine 

1966 Peter Eggleton and Brenda Winslade

1967 Bill Irvine and Bobbie Irvine 

1968 -1970 Peter Eggleton and Brenda Winslade

1971-1973 Anthony Hurley and Fay Saxton 

1974-1978 Richard Gleave and Janet Gleave 

1979 Michael Barr and Vicky Barr 

1980-1981 Richard Gleave and Janet Gleave 

1982-1985 Michael Barr and Vicky Barr 

1986-1989 Stephen Hillier and Lindsey Hillier

1990 John Wood and Anne Lewis

1991-1998 Marcus Hilton and Karen Hilton 

1999-2000 Luca Baricchi and Loraine Baricchi 

2001 Augusto Schiavo and Caterina Arzenton 

2002 Augusto Schiavo and Lyn Marriner 

2003-2004 Christopher Hawkins and Hazel Newberry 

2005 Timothy Howson and Joanne Bolton 

2006-2009 Mirko Gozzoli and Alessia Betti 

2010-2018 Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova 

2019-2020 Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio 

UNITED KINGDOM PROFESSIONAL LATIN CHAMPIONS (open to the world)

1961 James Arnell and Jilian La Valette 

1962-1964 Walter Laird and Lorraine Reynolds 

1965-1966 Bill Irvine and Bobbie Irvine 

1967 Robert O'Hara and Marguerite O'Hara

1968-1969 Rudolf Trautz and Mechthild Trautz 

1970-1972 John Westley and Betty Westley

1973-1975 Michael Stylianos and Lorna Lee

1976 Alan Fletcher and Hazel Fletcher 

1977 Peter Maxwell and Lynn Harman 

1978-1981 Alan Fletcher and Hazel Fletcher 

1982-1983 Espen Salberg and Kristen Salberg 

1984 Sammy Stopford and Shirley Stopford 

1985-1990 Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather 

1991-1992 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl

1993 Johann Eftedal and Nadia Eftedal

1994 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl 

1995-1996 Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather 

1997-1998 Bryan Watson and Karen Hardy

1999 Jukka Haappalainen and Sirpa Suutari

2000-2001 Bryan Watson and Carmen  

2002 Paul Killick and Hanna Karttunen

2003 Bryan Watson and Carmen 

2004 Dmitri Timokhin and Anna Bezikova 

2005 Slavik Kryklyvyy and Karina Smirnoff 

2006 Andrej Skufca and Katarina Venturini 

2007-2015 Michal Malitowski and Joanna Leunis 

2016-2019 Ricardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko

2020 Stefano Di Filippo and Dasha 

UNITED KINGDOM CLOSED PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM CHAMPIONS 

2001 Anthony Price and Zoey Price

2002 Michele Bacci and Denise Mayes

2003 Craig Draper and Justyna Kozinska 

2004 Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace

2005 Craig Draper and Snezhana Sheviakova 

2006-2007 Grant Barratt-Thompson and Mary Paterson

2008 Craig Draper and Snezhana Sheviakova 

2009-2017 Warren Boyce and Kristi Boyce 

2018-2019 Mark Elsbury and Olga Elsbury 

 

UNITED KINGDOM CLOSED PROFFESIONAL LATIN CHAMPIONS

2001-2003 Matthew Cutler and Nicole Cutler

2004 Matthew Cutler and Charlotte Egstrand

2005 Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova 

2006-2009 Alex Ivanets and Lisa Bellinger-Ivanets 

2010-2012 Gregor Rebula and Rachael Heron 

2013-2014 Neil Jones and Ekaterina Jones 

2015-2016 Ryan McShane and Ksenia Zsikhotska

2017 Michael Hemera and Lauren McFarlane-Hemera 

2018-2019 Gunnar Gunnarsson and Marika Doshoris 

 

OTHER NOTABLE FIGURES, POST FIRST WORLD WAR TO DATE.

Josephine Bradley
Actively in
volved in establishing the “English” style of ballroom dancing in the 1920s and in coaching untill well after world war 2.

Donnie Burns M.B.E. and Gaynor Fairweather M.B.E.
Fourteen times World Professional Latin  Champions (1984-1998)

Richard Gleave O.B.E and Janet Gleave.
Eight times World Professional Ballroom Champions (1973 -1980)

Phyllis Haylor.
Involved in the early days establishing modern forms of ballroom

Marcus Hilton M.B.E. and Karen Hilton M.B.E.
Nine times World Professional Ballroom Champions (1990-1998) 

Bill Irvine M.B.E. and Bobbie Irvine M.B.E.
Nine times World Professional Ballroom and Latin Champions (1961-1968)  

Henry Jacques
Excellent dancer and analyst of dancing. Wrote an excellent study book, by many regarded as the best detailed analysis of Ballroom Dancing

Walter Laird
A very successful demonstrator of Latin dance and wrote a definitive text book on the dances. A Director of the International Dance Teachers Association and three times World Professional Latin Champion.

Lyndon & Felicia
The most popular Latin dance exhibition couple of the late 1940s and 1950s. Helped popularize Latin dance. Lyndon was Honorary Treasurer and Chief Administrator of the I. D. T. A. Wrote seven books on social dance. One translated into six languages

Alex Moore M.B.E.
Developed the modern form of analyzing dance technique, had a letter service with a world wide circulation with Guy Howard and Eve Kendall gave dual couple formation exhibitions – the forerunner of formation dancing

Eric Morley
Head of Mecca dance halls. Created the original Come Dancing TV programs, the Miss World contests etc.

Edna Murphy
Secretary of the Allied Dancing Association who was personally responsible for persuading British Tax Authorities not to charge Value Added Tax on dance activities.

Wilfred Orange.
Organizer of the major enterprise Butlins Dancing

Pierre (Zurcher Margolle) and Doris Lavelle
Introduced Latin dance to Britain with especial reference to the adoption of the System Cubana rhythm for the Rumba

Len Scrivener
Analyzer of the dances and wrote a valuable technique book

Peggy Spencer M.B.E.
Ran a busy school in Beckenham, England and developed formation dancing teams that were highly successful pioneers in the style. A staunch ISTD member and President

 

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