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, and
Blackpool Entertainment Company Limited
PRESIDENTS AND CHAIRMEN OF THE BDC since its creation
YEAR(S) PRESIDENT CHAIRMAN
1929 to ’58 inclusive Vacant P. J. S. Richardson
1959 to ’63 P. J. S. Richardson Arthur Franks
1963 Arthur Franks Alex Warren
1964 Vacant Alex Warren
1965 to ’68 inclusive Alex Warren Leonard Morgan
1969 to ’72 inclusive Alex Warren Wilfred Orange
1973 Alex Warren Stan Atack
1974 to ’89 inclusive Leonard Morgan Leonard Morgan
1990 to 2003 inclusive Freddie Boultwood Freddie Boultwood
2004 to 2009 Len Armstrong Len Amstrong
2010 to date Bryan Allen Bryan Allen
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 Britain and Northern Ireland in Professional Ballroom, Latin, Sequence (Old Time and Modern). as well as corresponding amateur events, covering various age groups.
The major championships are the British Open Professional and the British National Professional in both Ballroom and Latin. In the last quarter of a century the following British couples have been winners on more than one occasion in the Open Championships:
For Ballroom Dancing: John Wood and Ann Lewis, Marcus Hilton M.B.E and Karen Hilton M.B.E., Luca and Loraine Baricchi, Christopher Hawkins and Hazel Newberry M.B.E.
For Latin Dance: Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl, Corky and Shirley Ballas. Donnie Burns M. B. E. and Gaynor Fairweather M. B. E.
OTHER NOTABLE FIGURES, POST FIRST WORLD WAR TO DATE.
Current President and Chairman of the BDC. An active coach of competitive couples and very energetic in pursuing the aims of the BDC, the working teacher and all those involved with competitive dancing.
A very successful competitor, Was President of the BDC and the International Dance Teachers’ Association
Stan Atack, Chairman of the BDC
Actively involved in establishing the “English” style of ballroom dancing in the 1920s and in coaching untill well after world war 2.
Donnie Burns MBE and Gaynor Fairweather M. B. E.
World Professional Latin Dance Championship winners for an outstanding 13 consecutive years
Richard Gleave O.B.E and Janet Gleave.
Nine times World Ballroom Champions (1973 to 1981)
Involved in the early days establishing modern forms of ballroom
Marcus Hilton M.B.E & Karen Hilton M.B.E.
Ballroom Dance Championship winners for an outstanding 9 consecutive years as well as winning the British Amateur Latin dance championship in 1983.
Bill Irvine M.B.E and Bobbie Irvine M.B.E.
Successful ballroom dance competitors, officials of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and renowned coaches of dance couples. Winners of 13 world titles in Ballroom, Latin American and Ten Dance.
Excellent dancer and analyst of dancing. Wrote an excellent study book, by many regarded as the best detailed analysis of Ballroom Dancing
A popular exhibition dancer in the 1950s vice chairman of the BDC and a leading member and President of the National Association of Dance Teachers.
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 MBE
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
Head of Mecca dance halls. Created the original Come Dancing TV programs, the Miss World contests etc.
Secretary of the Allied Dancing Association who was personally responsible for persuading British Tax Authorities not to charge Value Added Tax on dance activities.
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
A beautiful dancer and 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
Michael Stylianos and Lorna Lee, Michael Stylianos
a very successful competitor, teacher and Member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing’s Grand Council
Major Cecil Taylor
An early President and Secretary of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
BRITISH NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM CHAMPIONS (from 1975).
1975 Richard and Janet Gleave,
1976 Byron and Dorothy Charlton,
1977 – 82 Michael and Vicky Barr.
1983 – 85 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—92 Andrew and Loraine Sinkinson
1993 Andrew Sinkinson and Amanda Owen
1994—95 Luca Baricchi and Loraine Barry
1996 Andrew Sinkinson and Adele Preston
1997 Andrew Sinkinson and Charlotte Jorgensen
1998—9 Luca and Loraine Baricchi.
2000—01 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 – 10 –11 - 12 Warren and Kristi Boyce
BRITISH NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL LATIN CHAMPIONS (from 1975).
1975—6 Alan and Hazel Fletcher
1977 Peter Maxwell and Lynn Harman
1978 -- 9 Keith and Judy Clifton
1980 – 2 Sammy and Shirley Stopford
1983 – 4 David Sycamore and Denise Weavers
1985 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl
1986 David Sycamore and Denise Weavers
1987 Donnie Burns and Gayner Faireather
1988 – 93 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl
1994 -- 5 Corky and Shirley Ballas
1996 – 7 Bryan Watson and Karen Hardy
1998 Paul Killick and Karina Kyklova
1999 Gordon and Nicola Nordin
2000 – 3 Paul Killick and Hanna Karttunen
2004 Matthew Cutler and Charlotte Egstrand
2005 – 6 Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova
2007 Paul Richardson and Olga Rodionova
2008 Paul Killick and Oksana Zoloterevskaya
2009 -- 12 Gregor Rebula and Rachel Heron
BRITISH WINNERS OF THE BRITISH PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM CHAMPIONSHIPS (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 / 5 &6 Henry Jacques and Mavis Deeming
1937 & 8 Cyril Farmer and Adela Roscoe
1939 Timothy Palmer and Ella Spowart
1940 Sydney Lee and Vera Dunham
1941 – 45 Suspended – War Period
1946 Charles Theibault and Doreen Beahan
1947 Tie between Wally Fryer and Violet Barnes and
John Wells and Renee Sissons.
1948 & 9 Wally Fryer and Violet Barnes
1950 / 1 & 2 Len Scrivener and Nellie Duggan
1953 Sonny Binick and Joyce Hayward
1954 Tie between Sonny Binick and Joyce Hayward and
Australians Alf Davies and Julie Reaby
1955 Sonny Binick and Sally Brock
1956 Alf Davies and Julie Reaby
1957 & 8 Sonny Binick and Sally Brock
1959 / 60 & 61 Harry Smith-Hampshire and Doreen Casey
1962 / 3 & 4 Bill and Bobbie Irvine
1965 Peter Eggleton and Brenda Winslade.
1966 Bill and Bobbie Irvine
1967 & 8 Peter Eggleton and Brenda Winslade.
1969 / 70 / 1 & 2 Anthony Hurley and Fay Saxton
1973 /4/ 5 / 6 / 7 / & 8 Richard and Janet Gleave
1979 Michael and Vicky Barr
1980 & 81 Richard and Janet Gleave
1982 / 3 / 4 & 5 Michael and Vicky Barr
1986 / 7 & 8 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 / 5 / 6/7 and 8 Marcus and Karen Hilton
1999/2000 and 1 Luca and Loraine Baricchi
2003 and 4 Christopher Hawkins and Hazel Newbury
2005 Timothy Howson and Joanne Bolton
BRITISH WINNERS OF THE BRITISH PROFESSIONAL LATIN CHAMPIONSHIPS (open to the world) SINCE INCEPTION.
1965 Robert and Margurite O’Hara
1966 Bill and Bobbie Irvine
1971 – 2 John and Betty Westley
1975 Michael Stylianos and Lorna Lee
1976 Peter Maxwell and Lynn Harman
1977 Alan and Hazel Fletcher
1978 Peter Maxwell and Lynn Harman
1979 – 80 Alan and Hazel Fletcher
1983 Sammy and Shirley Stopford
1984 – 88 Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather
1989 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl
1990 Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather
1991 – 2 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl
1994 Sammy Stopford and Barbara McColl
1995 – 6 Corky and Shirley Ballas.