- Nicky Miles
- Mark Willemite
- Lee Williams
- Jonathan Reed
- Rory and Katherine Costain
- Rafal Pilot
- Patrick Helm
- Kerry Simmons
- Alex Sindila
Nicky Miles has danced from an early age, and is now co-principal of the Star Dance Club. Along with his business partner, Mark Willemite, they run a very successful school in Kent and South London. Training pupils from beginner level up to professional level in all styles, they continue to spread the word of dance.
A member of the ISTD, he soon became involved in the running of competitions throughout the country, and many weekends are still spent on the road. The Ballroom Teachers Committee of the ISTD, which works to promote the work of the Society, was the first Committee onto which he was invited.
Nicky is Chairman of the ISTD Club Dance Faculty, Chairman of the ISTD Awards Committee, a member of the ISTD Competition Committee and is now chairman of the ISTD Ballroom Teachers Committee.
Nicky also sits on the British Dance Council and The Everyone is Born to Dance Committee - a group of dedicated people all with one aim - to bring dancing into the life of everyone. The Ballroom Teachers Committee of the British Dance Council is another aspect of his busy life.
In 2002 he received the Imperial Award for services to the Society. Back in 1999 he, along with Richard Hunt, introduced the Grand Finals weekend at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool; an event that now attracts over 4,000 competitors. Recently he received the Carl Alan Award for services to dance, which is an honour to say the least.
The Ballroom Blitz, a regular showpiece of the London social dance calendar held every year, keeps him more than busy for one day every year. Thousands of people come to the South Bank to be entertained with social dancing and shows. Working alongside Peggy Spencer MBE, they merge all aspects of dancing - something he will try to do for many years to come.
Innovation, creativity and inspiration are the qualities Mark believes are essential in an ever-changing dance world. Mark started dancing at the age of nine, an event that unknowingly was to set the course of his life
His parents agreed he would join the then Eden School of Dancing at the invitation of Edna Cattermoul, for a trial three weeks only; if he didn't enjoy it, he would leave. I think it is fair to say Mark's involvement in dance has extended beyond those initial three weeks. Loving the music and the freedom of expression that dance gives, Mark has danced from that time on.
Mark has trained many young competitive dancers to British and International level. Over the years, he has produced several British juvenile champions and many junior and youth finalists. His involvement is inexhaustible. He clearly has an eye for detail and an understanding of people's needs on an emotional and practical level .Working alongside Nicky Miles, together they run the very successful Star Dance Club in Kent, where they teach all ages from Beginner to Professional level.
As well as teaching, Mark has lectured twice for the World Congress and has choreographed children for numerous shows for the Royal Variety Club, Palladium and Sadler's Wells. In the past he appeared on the original series of Come Dancing and more recently worked on Strictly Come Dancing and the exciting Olympic Torch Parade at the Festival Hall celebrating the torch's journey through the capital. The Star Dance Club gets involved in anything that is a vehicle to promote dancing.
Lee Williams has danced since the age of 6. He was a successful competitor both as an amateur and professional.
Competing at home and abroad, demonstrating and performing in exhibitions,he turned professional at the early age of 19.
Turning professional, he studied under Gordon Little, where he achieved three fellowships in Ballroom, Latin American and Old Time, all affiliated to the 'Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing', ISTD. Recognised as possibly the most prestigious society in the dance world, Lee was soon made a faculty member for the Sequence Branch.
In recent years, due to many work commitments, Lee no longer sits on the Sequence faculty but is a regular lecturer for the ISTD.
He is also in great demand with Oxford University where he coaches on a regular basis and has done for many years. His influence has led the Oxford team to the title of National Champions.
Lee is a valued and vibrant member of the Star Dance team, adding his unique qualities to the school, and has done so for over 20 years.
Jonathan began dancing at the age of 8 when he took his first 'Popular Dance Test' with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. To this day he remains a very active member of this society. He took part in the many medallist and open competitions held throughout South East England during the late 70s and 80s, of which one of his proudest achievements was reaching the final of the International Juvenile Ballroom Championships in 1979. He has gained experience and knowledge in other dance styles including modern and tap, and took part in many amateur productions at local theatres.
He has a strong passion for introducing other people, young and old, to the world of dance, and he embarked on his profession with the ISTD.
Since taking his Ballroom Student Teacher examination in February 1992, he has achieved Fellowship status in Modern Ballroom, as well as Licentiate qualifications in Latin American, Disco Freestyle and Rock 'n' Roll, and he is continuing to study to achieve his Fellowship in these dance genres, as well as assisting other teachers in the development of their technical understanding. He also holds a BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies and worked for many years in the retail sector.
Jonathan has a particular interest in Disco, Freestyle and Rock 'n' Roll and has been responsible for developing this to competition standard within the Star Dance Club, having had finalists and winners at National Grand Finals. As such, he is an area organiser for the ISTD DFR Faculty, regularly judging at their area competitions, and on several occasions he has submitted dances for consideration as set dances in their annual selection process.
Jonathan particularly enjoys the challenges of teaching children from their fun first steps to performance success, and has the patience and understanding to assist all ages with their introduction into the exciting world of dance.
Rory and Katherine Costain
Rory and Katherine have danced all their lives. Rory began ballroom & latin at the age of 10 and Katherine started with ballet at the age of 3 and moved onto ballroom, latin & sequence at the age of 7.
Both Rory & Katherine completed their ISTD examinations through the medal test system and also regularly competed in open competitions for a combined total of 44 years (!) before retiring to concentrate on their teaching careers.
Since teaming up in 1999, they have had a successful competitive partnership with the highlight being representing England at the European and World Championships for Classic Showdance in 2004, 2005 & 2006 with their highest ranking being 8th in the world. They are also former UK Closed professional ballroom finalists and British National professional ballroom semi finalists.
While competing, Rory was also a director of the British Dance Council.
In 2007 they hung up their competitive shoes to concentrate on their teaching careers which have grown from strength to strength and currently hold Licentiate level qualifications with the ISTD.
They have also been the Ballroom Dancesport coaches for Cambridge University. While coaching at the University, their team became National & Varsity Champions and retained these titles throughout the years they worked with them.
Rory & Katherine have also been cast as 'dancing extras' in numerous Films & TV programmes including Poirot, Bleak House, Iris, Cambridge Spies, Cazalet Cronicles and Cambridge Spies.
Katherine also holds the role of ISTD Sequence Faculty secretary regularly working with professionals and individuals throughout the country on Sequence matters.
Rory and Katherine find coaching very rewarding and enjoy sharing the knowledge they have gained from inspirational teachers with pupils of all ages and levels.
Raf has been dancing since the age of 14. From the age of 19, he studied at the University of Technology in Wroclaw, and simultaneously the Dance University studying Ballroom, Latin, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Folk and Ballet.
He trained with Arkadiusz Pawlovic, the Polish Champion and competed for fourteen years in Ballroom and Latin American competitions, representing Poland.
In 2005, he created 'Let's dance', a school where people could be taught to dance at all levels. Wanting to advance his career potential and develop his dance skills, Raf moved to the UK in 2008.
Born in Berlin, Germany, Patrick grew up within a dancing family and started dancing from the age of 5. From early beginnings, Patrick had a passion and desire for dance, which was to be his life.
From learning as a child, his interests followed Ballroom and Latin American, a genre that was to lead him to an international career.
His success as a competitor won him, the East German 10 dance Championship, The Berlin Championship and even the Welsh Open Championship, as eventually he came to live in the UK. Patrick was also ranked in the top 24 in the 'Open British Championships', a world ranking and a considerable achievement.
Eventually, having competed for many years, Patrick decided to turn his dance skills towards theatre performance. He appeared all over the world and his theatre credits are as follows:
Star Dance Tour, Germany 1999
Strictly Ballroom UK 2005
Simply Ballroom UK 2006
Burn the Floor. Last Dance Tour, Asia. 2006
Floorplay, World Tour 2007-2009
Burn the Floor, Broadway USA/West End, UK 2009-2010
Working with Jason Gilkinson and Peta Roby, was inspirational, they have influenced Patrick's dance life, working alongside Jason on shows like 'So You Think You Can Dance', Australia and Holland. Also, he has been involved with, 'Street Dance 3D', the movie.
Patrick has worked with many amazing teachers over the years both in the UK and internationally.
His personal favourite highlight so far was performing in 'Broadway on Broadway', in front of millions!
As a child Kerry attended classes within the school, took her medal examinations, worked her way up the grades and eventually started to take part in medalist competitions. As a natural progression, Kerry then took her dancing a stage further and entered 'open' competitions. This is where the level and abilities of a dancer are matched against the best in the world.
Kerry competed in Ballroom and Latin American, competing at the famous Blackpool, British 'Open' Championships where she achieved a ranking in the top 64, out of over 400 entries with her dance partner Katsutoshi. As a partnership, they won several titles across the UK and abroad.
Due to family commitments, Kerry then decided to concentrate on studying for her professional examinations to become a qualified teacher. Kerry has come full circle from learning as a child to now teaching within the school, where her own children now participate.
In her words: "My life has been so close to the Star Dance Club over the last 21 years. I have made some fantastic friends, some I now consider family, who also share the fun and excitement of dance offered at the Star dance Club. I wish my dancing journey to be a success, to employ what my teachers have taught me and continue the success of the Star Dance Club."
Alex and Katie have danced together since 2003. Alex is Russian and Katie is English. They represent England in international competitions. Some of their results include winning the British National Under 21 championships, finalists of the British Open Under 21 championships, finalist of the International Professional Rising Star championships and runners up at the UK Open Professional Rising Star championships. They have both achieved Licentiate qualifications in Ballroom with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing