Philip Wylie, Dance Consultant and UK & International Adjudicator
Philip Wylie a former top class amateur and professional competitor is well known in the dance world and over the last 30 years has organised many dance festivals, dance holidays and recently presented the United Kingdom Formation Championships at the famous Tower Ballroom Blackpool.
For many years he has adjudicated the International Championships at the Albert Hall and has great teaching experience from Beginner through to World Champion. He is also known for his ability to teach in a friendly, relaxed and practical style suitable for all. He has been recognised by the world of dance receiving the Carl Alan Award and British Dance Federation Award for ‘Outstanding Services to Dance’.
With the popularity of Philip’s Dance Holidays increasing year on year, Holiday and Dance offer a wide choice of holidays to suit all tastes. With our extensive selection of excellent dance holidays you can choose a venue which suits you. We offer expert dance tuition at all levels; for the beginner our Learn and improve sessions will help them to progress. However, if you are already a skilled dancer they offer a range of dance experiences including Modern Ballroom, Latin American, Social Sequence and Salsa. At the same time, why not take advantage of some excellent cabaret performances from some of the world’s finest dance champions. http://www.holidayanddance.co.uk/
Philip is pleased to be supporting the Wheelchair Dance sport Associations and Hope the organisation grows from strength to strength.
Dr Richard Weiler MBChB, MRCGP (Dist), MSc Sport & Exercise Medicine (Dist), FFSEM(UK)
Dr Weiler is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine. He is Club Doctor at West Ham United FC, Lead Medical Officer for Disability Football with The Football Association, tunnel doctor at Wembley to the England Men’s Football Team (2011) and Club Doctor to Guernsey FC. He also spent 5 years as Club Doctor at Watford FC.
Dr Weiler can treat sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions at any age. He is also module lead for Sports Medicine at University College London and the Institute of Orthopaedics on the MSc in Musculoskeletal Science and is also an external tutor and lecturer on the University College London MSc in Sport, Exercise and Health.
He has published research in various aspects of Sport and Exercise Medicine on bone health in elite athletes, innovative mobility aids, exercise medicine and physical activity as a prevention and treatment for chronic disease. For the last two years he has been specialty advisor in Sport & Exercise Medicine to the Department of Health and is currently on the expert advisory board at Macmillan Cancer Physical Activity Group, on the Board of Fellows at Map of Medicine and an advisor to mycme.com. He has recently published an NHS Information Document explaining the role and benefits of the Sport and Exercise Medicine specialist to the NHS and has published chapters in several Sports Medicine books.
Dr Weiler is pleased to be supporting the WDSA (UK) and its work of engaging and developing individuals to enter into an activity which enable disabled people to live a healthier and happier life.
Marina Pusic Fitness Model, Bodybuilding and Fitness Competitor, Judge, Fitness Coach & IBFA (International Bodybuilding Fitness Association) Croatia President
Marina Pusic was born in Zagreb, Croatia but made London her home for the past 16 years.
As a little girl Marina was always engaged in various sports and activities. She was a member of competitive swimming club, dance group and an orchestra back home in her native Croatia.
She continued with her education in London where she graduated in Journalism and Communication Studies with Italian Language, and part of her study years she also spent at “Università di Bologna” in Italy.
After graduation most of her working career was across the Media Industry especially TV Production. However, during her vibrant time at university she managed to find spare time to train and she developed a passion for Fitness and Bodybuilding, which later in life made her change her career. She started to work as a Personal Trainer, Fitness Model and actively compete and judge at Fitness and Bodybuilding events. She also proudly represents her country as a president of IBFA CROATIA (International Bodybuilding Fitness Association).
Marina is a twin to her sister, and one of the two who was born with “Tetralogy of Fallot”, a cyanotic heart defect which causes low oxygen levels in the blood. However, this condition has not stopped her from training hard, reaching her goals, bettering herself and helping others achieve their goals.
Here is one of her favourite quotes which she believes is the same or even more important for any disabled person wanting to dance:
“There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can’t. What you’ve got to do is turn around and say ‘watch me’.”
Gary Avis, Ballet Master and Principal Character Artist.
Born in Ipswich, he joined The Royal Ballet in 1989, promoted to Soloist, 1995, Principal Character Artist, 2005, was made Assistant Ballet Master, 2007, and Ballet Master, 2010. His repertory includes Drosselmeyer, Von Rothbart, Tybalt, Lord Capulet, Monsieur G.M., Gaoler, Tsar Nicholas, Step-Sister, Duchess, Madge, Dr Coppélius, Paris Singer, Kostcheï, High Brahmin, Prince Gremin, The Man (Song of the Earth), DGV and Tsarina’s Slippers (Royal Opera). He has created roles for and worked with MacMillan, Tharp, Tetley, Morris, Hynd, Bruce, Wheeldon, Tuckett, Bintley, Page and Marriott. He co-founded K Ballet, Japan, and has performed with ENB.
In 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate from University Campus Suffolk and was awarded the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance – Classical. He partnered Darcey Bussell in the Viva la Diva Arena Tour, on Strictly Come Dancing and at the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony.
Gary is proud to be a Patron of The Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK) to see the work the charity does to enable disabled people to access dance and be active in the community, Gary is also Patron of the Chelsea Ballet and The Hunger Project UK.
Camilla Dallarup, Dancer, Actress and Motivational Speaker
Camilla is currently launching a new website for her motivational speaking www.camillasacredallerup.com She will be doing talks at both ‘The Vitality Show’ and ‘The Mind Body and Soul Exhibition’ in 2013.
Over the past two years Camilla has been concentrating on her acting, completing four UK tours of ‘Calendar Girls’, one of the UK’s most successful touring shows, playing the parts of both Celia and Elaine. She also squeezed in two pantomimes playing the Fairy Godmother in Telford for Paul Holman Associates production of ‘Cinderella’ for Christmas 2012 and in 2011 she played the Genie of the Lamp in First Family Entertainment’s ‘Aladdin’ in Milton Keynes.
Camilla rose to fame as Strictly Come Dancing’s most successful female professional dancer and after 6 series she, in 2008, won the trophy and decided to move onto other TV challenges. With her warm and fun personality she has since then gotten the nation fit with GMTV’s dancing queen diet and has been to the jungle and back with I’m a Celeb.
As a TV presenter she has hosted shows like Dance Factory and been a panellist on Skate and Jump Nation on BBC. She often appears on the radio and different chat shows such as Live in Studio 5 and The Alan Titchmarsh show.
Camilla has also been running her own business for 11 years which includes professional dance shows, team building and corporate motivational speaking, where she incorporates with her own journey and her experiences as a qualified NLP master practitioner coach to inspire others. With 2 fitness and a dance DVD’s under her belt, she also enjoys writing pieces which mix fitness with well-being and has a regular column with Bodyfit magazine. Camilla worked as a model in her teens and this has come in handy and made her popular for different brand endorsements.
She has done many interesting campaigns from being the Face and Legs for Aristoc tights to promoting Freixenet just to mention a few. Camilla is a regular in publications and her wedding was featured on the front cover on Hello magazine last summer.
Gary Robert Edwards is a World Class Judge/Adjudicator in Ballroom and Latin American styles, a qualified World Class Judge in American styles, and a qualified World Class Judge for Salsa, Freestyle and Rock and Roll. A dancer since the age of 7, he has performed all over the world, earning more than 30 international titles, including British Open Ballroom, British Open Latin and UK Open 10 Dance. In addition, he has taken top honors at the Innsbruck Gold Cup, the Bulgarian Open, the Russian Open, and the Hong Kong 10 Dance, among others. After being ranked #1 in the World 10 Dance, he received a coveted appointment to the Royal Family of Brunei.
In his 30-year career as a dancer, coach and adjudicator, Gary has reached the pinnacle of success and exceeded even his own dreams. He has trained world champions, organized major dance events, served as music and dance advisor for top-tier international competitions and co-hosted celebrity dance-offs. He has judged more than a dozen world championships and scores of prestigious national and regional competitions.
The 6’4″ British-born champion (aka the ballroom giant) has danced professionally in 60 countries, and has appeared on several TV productions, including BBC Dirty Dancing and BBC Come Dancing. He has coached and/or danced alongside superstars and world leaders, including the prime minister of India and several Malaysian sultans. A highlight of his career was the privilege of serving a six-year commission as private advisor to the Royal Family of Brunei. He once danced the cha cha with Michael Jackson, and enjoys memories of dancing with Janet Jackson, Barry White, Whitney Houston, MC Hammer, and other music stars.
While he continues to adjudicate top-level national and international competitions, Gary has chosen to dedicate more of his focus on television and film. Currently he serves on the advisory panel of the upcoming pro-am reality TV show, Ballroom Blitz, created by Simon Fuller and Linda Pope.
Born in Essex, United Kingdom, Gary divides his time between homes in Miami Beach, Florida and the UK
My life is about languages and dancing. I studied French and English at the universities of Graz and Klagenfurt where I was awarded with a Master’s degree in these two languages. While studying, I was also competing in ballroom and Latin American Dances and became Austrian Champion in my class. During this period of my life I came to know my late husband Dennis Udell. Dennis, of course was a former World Champion in Ballroom and a world famous coach and adjudicator. We were happily married for 18 years till Dennis died from Parkinson’s Disease. I was fortunate enough to learn from and be trained by one of the best dancers and teachers in the world and hence, got highs qualifications in Ballroom, Latin and Freestyle. Dennis trained me to be a fellow in Ballroom as well as in Latin and I also got a Licentiate in Freestyle. I have been coaching dancing and judging for the last 20 years and I am now an examiner for the NATD, which I love immensely. As Dennis suffered from Parkinson’s, I came into contact with the Parkinson’s Disease Organisation and came to know about movement disorders, children and adults alike. I gave Tango lessons to people suffering from nervous diseases, hence learned to know all about different illnesses. I found this very rewarding and want to keep it up. I also organised big dancing events to raise money for charity, especially for Parkinson’s Disease as Dennis suffered from it. I hope that this background will help me to contribute ideas and help to the WDSA . I have always enjoyed judging wheelchair competitions and I am sure I will also enjoy coaching in this area. My profession, however, is I am a foreign languages teacher at Merchant Taylor’s School, which I just love. I also teach dancing there as enrichment and I am responsible for horse riding in games. Thank you for making me a Trustee of the WDSA and I am looking forward to working with all of you. Great times ahead. Christa Udell MA
Best known to millions of people all over the country as one of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing professionals who last year partnered Hairy Biker Dave Myers, Karen Hauer’s Latin background is evident through her sultry looks and passion for dance.
Born in Venezuela, Karen was brought up in New York from the age of eight. She attended The High School of Performing Arts otherwise known as ‘The Fame School’ and whilst there she majored in ballet and contemporary dance and received The Helen Tamaris Award for Excellence in Dance. Aged 10, Karen received a full scholarship to attend The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance where she learned her craft and continued to study for the next 10 years. Living in New York, Karen was influenced by a very broad range of dance styles. The cosmopolitan community and access to training in jazz, African and hip-hop ignited her determination to learn as many different dance
disciplines as possible. At the age of 19 a visit to a Cha Cha class sparked her interest in Latin dance and that sent her in anew direction learning all the major ballroom dance styles.
Karen was crowned the 2008 World Mambo Champion and the following year gave her the chance to show her versatility as an all round trained dancer when she reached the final six girls of the American version of So You Think You Can Dance. Performing jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, hustle, ballroom and Latin, she worked with choreographers including Jason Gilkison, Melanie Lapatin, Tony Meredith, Napoleon and Tabitha, Wade Robinson and Laurieann Gibson. She was also one of Jennifer Lopez’s dancers for the singer’s performance of ‘Louboutins’ in December 2009.
Following her success on So You Think You Can Dance USA, Karen joined the original Broadway cast of Burn The Floor at Longacre Theatre in 2009 as a principal female dancer working once again with choreographer Jason Gilkison. She stayed with Burn The Floor on Broadway until 2010 before continuing her role in a world tour that took her to the USA, Europe, UK (she was a member of the original West End cast), Asia, Australasia and South Africa. Karen has an amazing presence on stage and is one of the most expressive and charismatic dancers on the current dance scene. Able to express emotion through each and every movement right through to her fingertips, Karen takes choreographed routines to new heights and she has that rare talent to attract the eye of every audience member whenever she performs.
Having made guest appearances on Dancing With The Stars in America with her professional dance partner Kevin Clifton, in autumn 2012 Karen was invited to join the UK series of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing and her celebrity partner was former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne.
On his debut appearance in Strictly Come Dancing 2013, Kevin Clifton reached the final with his celebrity partner breakfast news presenter Susannah Reid.
Kevin was born in Grimsby, England and is former Youth World Number One and four times British Latin Champion. He trained in ballroom and Latin from an early age, taught by his parents, former World Champions Keith and Judy Clifton. He went on to win International Open titles in Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Belgium. From an early age, Kevin was taught the importance of giving your all during a performance and his boundless energy is electric and contagious. His passion and love of dance as an art form is evident and this shines through on stage. Kevin is trained in all styles of ballroom dance and he enjoys creating new routines and working with established choreographers. His diverse taste in music ranges from a love of rock legends such as Robbie Williams, Mick Jagger and Freddie Mercury to the romantic delivery of Michael Buble, all of whom bring out the showman in him, making Kevin a compelling and intuitive performer to watch.
Away from the ballroom scene, in 2010 Kevin made his musical theatre debut in Dirty Dancing The Musical at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End. More recently, Kevin (and his professional dance partner and fiancée Karen Hauer, who is also a fellow professional dancer in Strictly Come Dancing), have been principal dancers of the Burn The Floor Dance Company for several years, performing in the show’s record breaking Broadway run as well as starring at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End. Kevin also toured the world with the show performing in countries including Japan, Australia, South Africa and the USA as well as making guest appearances on Dancing With The Stars in USA and So You Think You Can Dance in Holland.
Kings & Queens
The Ballroom super group was formed to bring a new fresh and exciting outlook to the world of ballroom dancing by combining all of our favourite Ballroom & Latin dances with modern music and edgy moves, sometimes even a touch of humour. Members of the super group are not only from the UK but even Italy, Ukraine, and Russia.
Kings & Queens entered our homes on the popular TV show “Britains Got Talent” back in April 2014 they amazed the Judges and gave Amanda Holden a glimpse in to the future. Sadly after a strong performance in their audition and semi-finals Kings & Queens did not progress to the finals.
All of Kings & Queens choreography is created by Neil Jones who is the current British Open & National Champion, European, Asian and World Champion and he is also the founder of the new dance company UrbanBallroom which are currently creating new shows performed by members of Kings & Queens.
British Dance Council
The British Dance Council was formed in 1929 as the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing (OBBD). The name was subsequently changed in 1985 to the British Council of Ballroom Dancing and, again in 1996, the name was changed to British Dance Council.
The aim of the founders of the Council was to establish a co-ordinating organisation to enable teachers to work together on uniform lines.
This has been achieved and today the Council is accepted as the governing body for all matters pertaining to all forms of ballroom, latin american, and disco freestyle dancing throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Channel Islands.
One of the main functions of the Council is to formulate and administer the rules for competition dancing. All competitions in Great Britain are governed by these rules. The Council also grants championship status to many dance events each year.