About All England Dance

All England Dance celebrates dancers aged from three to 21 years. Performers qualify through a network of nationwide nominated festivals to participate in one of the five Regional Finals in May.

Our Values & History

We were founded in 1923 and since that time we have gained a reputation for excellence.

AED is a charity whose mission is to support growth and inclusion through dance. It is through competition we learn tenacity and many other attributes including self confidence, the ability to perform in public and most importantly of all, graciousness in participation.

The competition is a fun experience where brilliance is celebrated but taking part is everything.

Affiliated to the British And International Federation Of Festivals For Music, Dance and Speech of which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was patron.


Jacquie Brunjes


Gavin Sampson

Chair of the Finance Committee

Christine Wagstaff

Senior Independent Director

Brenda Garratt-Glassman

Dr Nathan James

Linda Lear

Jenni Lewin Turner

Nicky Lewis

Sue Passmore

Carol Porter

Jill Redford

Claire Singers

Kris Taylor

Dr Sue Waldock

Director of Operations

Jo Wagstaff


Board Of Regional Directors

Chair: Jo Wagstaff

Elaine Bailey, Emma Barnard, Lynne Casey, Louise Cooper, Nicky Lewis, Judy Sawyer, Lorraine Thomas

Senior Independant Director: Christine Wagstaff


Subsidiary Boards

Nominations Committee: Christine Wagstaff, Dr Sue Waldock

Finance Committee: Gavin Samson, Christine Wagstaff, Kris Taylor

Extension Programme: Brenda Garret Glassman, Sue Passmore

Scholarships & Bursaries: Christine Wagstaff, Dr Sue Waldock, Carol Porter

Artistic Committee: Dr Nathan James & adjudicators

Safeguarding & Risk: Linda Lear, Kris Taylor

People: Dr Sue Waldock, Jill Redfern

EDI and Development Legacies Trusts Foundations: Jenni Lewin Turner

Honorary Life Members

Jill Baird, Rita Deller, Judy Deverill, Yvonne Gout, John Headford, Vicky Kemp, Nick Lear, Patricia Lupino Thompson, Valerie Marshall, Jon Massey, Lesley Sewell, Mick Sewell, Mollie Tanner, Beryl Whyatt, Paul Whyatt.


Teachers Committee

Chair and Midlands & North: Helen Leek

East: Sophia Melvin

West: Louise Knapman

South: Louise Cleghorn

South East: Zoe Pennington

Home Counties: Melanie Dudman


Artistic Committee

Chair: Dr Nathan James

Jill Baldock, Karen Blackburn, Jodie Clark, Jill Redford.

Scholarships & Bursaries


Applications for the All-England Dance Scholarship are invited from any dancer who has performed at All England Dance Regional or National Finals in the past and who has been accepted for further training at a Conservatoire UK or on a CDMT accredited course, due to commence in autumn 2023.

Please see links below for further information on CDMT Accredited courses and Conservatoires UK.

The scholarship is worth £3,000 per annum for a three- year course and is subject to an audition on Saturday 24th June 2023. As the scholarship is means tested, candidates will be invited to audition once application forms have been reviewed.

The audition will compromise of one ballet and one jazz class. Candidates pursuing a Musical Theatre Course should prepare a song. An interview by a Panel of the AED Board will follow.

Any dancer wishing to apply for the scholarship should contact Jo Wagstaff via email to request an application form.

Important dates:

  • Application forms should be returned by 13th May 2023
  • Candidates will be notified by 27th May 2023
  • Audition and Interview 24th June 2023 at Performers College, Birmingham, B5 5SR

Charities & Organisations


We are very proud to work with and support the following charities and organisations.

Get Into Theatre is the essential website to help you find all the information and opportunities you need to pursue a successful career in theatre in the UK. From backstage to performing, training to apprenticeships, you will find up-to-date theatre jobs information and advice. We believe that all young people – no matter who you are – should have the same chance to have a career in theatre. Many people do not know about all the job options in theatre or the different ways to make a start in a theatre career.

The TIRED Movement was founded in 2020 as a social enterprise (not for profit) to raise awareness about racial injustice within the industry and the importance of representation in dance education. The movement has gained great momentum and support from the dance community and has made great strides towards implementing change across all sectors.

The more voices we hear, the louder we become

Notice of Meeting


AED’s formal Annual General meeting will take place on 10 December 2023 by Zoom.

The Trustees would like to invite anyone interested – festival, adjudicator or competitor – to join the meeting at 10am to hear our Chair Jacqueline Brunjes summarise AEDs achievements this year and our plans for the future.

Please email our Director of Operations or Company Secretary to let us know if you would like to join the meeting and a Zoom link will be forwarded to you.

Business to be discussed will be:

Apologies for Absence
Minutes of the AGM Zoom meeting held on 27 November 2022 & EGM on January 2023
Matters arising not covered in the agenda below
Chair’s Review of the year
Treasurer’s Report
Re-appointment of independent examiner: Duffy Reagan & Company
Election / Re-election of director / trustees. To confirm the election of directors appointed since the last Annual General meeting. Director / trustees retiring by rotation and offering themselves for re-election"
Date and location of next AGM - To be confirmed