About Us - All England Dance
WELCOME to All England Dance and to the exciting world of dance festivals – a world full of friends you haven’t yet met, full of dance forms you may not have experienced and above all, full of inspiration at what children and young people can achieve!
If you are a dancer, and especially if you have qualified for the first time, then congratulations! Gaining a place at our Regional Finals is a huge achievement and you are a part of a nationwide family that includes dedicated dancers, enlightened parents, inspirational teachers, appreciative audiences, professional adjudicators and the enthusiastic and expert team at All England Dance who bring it all together.
We were founded in 1923 and since that time we have gained a reputation for excellence – in the theatres we use, the adjudicators and judges we engage and, above all, the dancers we attract and we look forward to welcoming everyone to this unique competition in 2021.
All England Dance are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Doris Dorbon on Friday 13th November. The Board have very fond memories of her as a vibrant adjudicator with an unrivalled knowledge across all dance disciplines and a dedicated Festival organiser. Her sparkle will be sorely missed.
OUR NEW BRAND
We are very proud to reveal our new brand identity, which we feel encompasses inclusivity of All England Dance. The new brand underpins the core values that All England Dance continues to uphold, whilst portraying the diversity of all our dancers and teachers.
Notification of Online Annual General Meeting
This is the official notification of the Annual general Meeting of All England Dance which will be held on line this year on Sunday 06th December at 10.00am. Please register your intention to attend to Jo Miller on email@example.com to receive online access information.
All England Dance would like to congratulate our Chair, Chris Hocking on his recent appointment as Chair to the Board of Trustees of The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
In her address at the recent AGM, Ginny Brown, ISTD Chief Executive introduced the new Chair and said:
“It is my absolute pleasure to welcome Chris as the new Chair of Council. Chris brings to this role a wealth of experience as a performer and Principal of one of the country’s leading vocational schools. I know that he shares my commitment to diversity in the dance sector and I am looking forward to working with Chris to maximise the future impact of the Society.”
Upon the announcement of his appointment, Chris Hocking said:
“In my journey from a young boy taking ISTD Primary Tap, through to a teenager passing the ISTD Cecchetti Associate Exam with Distinction, I am now currently the Principal at ArtsEd, one the UK’s oldest and most well-known performing arts institutes. I have dedicated my life and career to dance and its associated genres by performing in West End shows, teaching in vocational Dance/Musical Theatre/Drama schools, choreographing major productions, adjudicating Dance Festivals around the world, increasing representation in Dance of people from diverse backgrounds and being involved in charitable activities for the world of Dance. I relish the prospect and honour of being Chair of the Society in this challenging and thought-provoking time, as Benjamin Franklin said “out of adversity comes opportunity.”
Everyone at All England Dance wishes Chris every success in this new and exciting venture.
Following current global situation with the Covid-19 pandemic which has caused a significant number of nominated qualifying festivals to cancel this Spring and Summer, The Chair, Vice-Chair and Trustees of All England Dance have unanimously decided to defer the Regional and National Finals to 2022. This decision has been taken in order that all dancers have an equal opportunity to participate in the All England process in the usual way.
In practical terms this will mean that any nominated qualifying Festival that was due to take place in 2020 shall be a qualifier in 2021 and a 2021 qualifying festival will have its qualifying festival in 2022. The Regional Finals will take place in May 2022 and the National Finals in July / August 2022. All ages will be taken from 01st September 2021.
Keep safe and keep dancing!