Dianne Ross Dance Academy

Dianne Ross

Dianne Ross, F.N.C.D.T.A., F.U.K.A.

Dianne started dancing at the age of 2 ½ years, studying Stage, Tap, Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing – participating in Shows and Medal Test Examinations.

Dianne’s competitive dancer “career” started when she was 7 years old. She was a regular competitor in Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing Competitions held all over the country from London (Royal Albert Hall and Seymour Hall), The Midlands, Wales, Manchester, Blackpool (The Winter Gardens), Yorkshire (including Dance Festivals held at the Butlins Filey Holiday Centre) and all areas of the North East to Cumbria and Scotland.

At the age of 14 years she won the Northumberland and Durham Sequence (Old Time) Championship (Junior) – going on to win the Amateur Title at the age of 20 years.

In 1979 she won through selection competitions to represent the North West on BBC TV’s Come Dancing series – The North West reaching the Grand Final against Midlands & West.

Dianne took her first Dance Teaching Degree at the age of 21 years.

She has over 38 years experience of teaching adults and children – “social dancers”, participants in Medal Test Examinations and those wishing to gain Dance Teaching Qualifications.

For several years she trained Disco and Rock & Roll competitors. Among other successes, one of her pupils was placed 7th in the United Kingdom “Disco Kid” Competition – other pupils being placed 3rd in the Rock & Roll Section (this is a nationwide competition being open to Dance Schools from all over England, Scotland and Ireland).

Dianne has also provided dancers and choreographed for Spennymoor Amateur Operatic Society productions.Emma

Emma Crathorne

Emma Crathorne L.N.C.D.T.A.  B.A. (Hons) Dance

Emma has trained with Dianne for 21 years, taking numerous examinations in Tap, Contemporary Freestyle (Disco), Modern Stage/Jazz, Ballroom, Latin and Sequence and professionally for her Pre Associate and Associate examinations with Northern Counties Dance Teachers Association Ltd. She gained her BA (Hons) Dance at Sunderland University. In addition to her dance teaching qualifications Emma also holds a Level 1 Acrobatics qualification with British Gymnastics.

In September 2019 Emma passed her Licentiate Freestyle Dance Teaching Degree with Highly Commended and is shortly to begin study for her Level 2 British Gymnastics qualification.

Having worked alongside Dianne for 4 years, she took over the running of the children's dance classes in 2015.