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.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I tell you of the passing of our beloved Janet Palmer on 18th December. She was the epicentre of All England Dance, an original Sunshine Club member. All England Dance is what it is today in no small part down to the dedication, expertise and love Janet brought. Her kindness knew no bounds, she will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt sorrow has been conveyed to her husband, Howard and her family at this sad time. The Chair and Vice-Chair will ensure that Janet’s legacy and name will always be remembered.
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.