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Anna Jones

President 2019-2020

Fellow and Ballroom Branch Examiner

Anna is a Fellow, Examiner and Past President of the Association. She started her dancing career at an early age and for the first few years centred around Ballet and Stage. A deep love of Latin American and Ballroom then developed as she followed in her parents’ footsteps. Anna's roots with the Association go back to childhood days. Her father, Henry Goodall, was a founder member in the Midlands many years before the merger which created IDTA, as we know it today.

A very successful Latin American career then followed. She won many championships and was a member of the British team. She retired from the competition floor to concentrate on her school to which Anna devoted many years as a full time professional. Her studio in the West Midlands catered for many forms of dance. Anna's personal involvement included the full range of teaching from first-time beginners, all grades of medallists and competitors plus professional coaching in Ballroom, Latin American and Freestyle.

She has travelled extensively, coaching, adjudicating and lecturing at home and abroad. Anna has had many years of experience of committee work including Board of Directors since 1996 having been President for three terms of office and she has been Chairman of the IDTA Freestyle Faculty many times. During her first term as Chairman she produced the book and video entitled Freestyle Dance which has been adopted by the Association to cover this form of dance. More recently Anna has written the follow-up book Advanced Freestyle which has been widely acclaimed.

Anna also has experience of being a member of the Finance & General Purposes Committee, Overseas Development Committee and London Meeting & Congress Arrangements Committee. In 1996 and 2003 she was the proud recipient of a Carl Alan Award after being nominated by IDTA. She was also the joint recipient of the Millennium Lifetime Award for Outstanding Achievement and Continued Excellence in Freestyle Dance. Anna holds a degree in Dance Teaching and has a post graduate diploma in Medical Microbiology. She believes strongly in the future of the International Dance Teachers Association by listening to the needs of its members and embracing innovation in order to keep ahead in the ever evolving world of dance.

 

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Linda Cook

President Elect 2019-2020

Fellow and Theatre Branch Examiner

Linda has been a member of the IDTA for 42 years, holding fellowships in all Theatre genres and has led a highly reputable and respected career as a performer, teacher, adjudicator, lecturer, choreographer and examiner. She is recognized as a leading exponent of jazz dance and has been innovative in her approach to Modern Jazz.

Her dancing life commenced at the age of 3 years taking classes in Theatre, Ballroom and Latin.  In her teens she pursued a varied stage and cabaret career spanning 10 years as a singer/dancer, performing professionally all over the UK.

In 1989 she was appointed as a Theatre Examiner for the IDTA. Linda travels extensively in the UK and abroad examining and lecturing. Her experience includes lecturing at the IDTA London Congress, Area Meetings, Move It , International Theatre Dance Awards,  Leicester Seminar, workshops worldwide and has been privileged to adjudicate Miss Dance of Great Britain twice. Her dedication is to encourage our stars of the future.

She has also served on the Modern Jazz Faculty for 16 years and is responsible along with her colleagues for the technical syllabus used by IDTA members worldwide.

Linda is one of the IDTA’s delegates to the Theatre Dance Council International and was President of the TDCI from 2012-2014. This opened up the complete world of dance and enabled her to meet colleagues from other Associations, together promoting the world of dance.  During her time as President she took over the role of hosting the prestigious Carl Alan Awards, this year will be her fourth year hosting this successful event.  Linda has been nominated in two categories for the prestigious Carl Alan Awards, and was delighted to receive the Carl Alan Award for Outstanding Services to Dance 2014.

With the TDCI she is also on the organizing committee for the British Championships, English Championships and National Championships.

Teaching has always been her first love and for many years has specialized in teacher training and is extremely proud of pupils who are now fellow examiners of the IDTA. Alongside her dancing profession she is also proprietor of a large children’s Day Nursery employing fifteen staff. 

Linda has devoted her life to the IDTA and the world of dance and looks forward to serving all members, working actively to keep up with modern trends and member needs with enthusiasm, dedication and commitment, whilst always keeping a ‘sense of humour’.

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Phil Winston

Immediate Past President 2019-2020

Fellow and Theatre Branch Examiner

Phil Winston is a Fellow and Examiner of the IDTA and has served extensively on committees and faculties on behalf of the Association. He is an elected member of the Modern Jazz Technical Faculty, Conference Arrangements and Publicity Committees.

Over the years, Phil has established a reputation as a director/choreographer, travelling world-wide staging productions for theatre and television, also crossing boundaries into the world of ice-dance and figure skating, working with European and Olympic Champions.

He has been honoured to have been awarded three Carl Alan Awards; in 1998 for the Professional Contributing the Most to Dance, in 2009 the Theatre Choreographer Award and in 2013 The Choreographers Award. He was also presented Le Classique de Danse Award in 2009/2010.

Phil is principal of Theatreworks College, which was established to prepare professionals of the future. Many graduates now having successful teaching and performing careers in their own right. Phil is totally committed to IDTA and its continued growth worldwide.

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George Coad

Financial Director 2019-2020

Financial Director

George was first elected to the Executive Council in 1978 and has served continually since on what has now become the Board of Directors. He controls, with his wife, Pat, the running of the Thompson Dance Centre in Maghull, near Liverpool, together with full and part time staff numbering, between ten and twelve people. Over the last 40 or so years they have trained many thousands of medallists and professionals through the school.

George started his business career by training and dealing in the London Stock Exchange and later moved north to become northern agent for the sale of the merchandise of three large manufacturing companies, during which time George and Pat had a distinguished competitive career, winning the British Open, World, European and many other major amateur and professional titles. When they eventually retired from competing George gave up all his business connections to concentrate on the dancing profession.

Involved as he is with a great deal of international work, during his Presidency in 1997/98 he established the Publicity Committee to promote IDTA at home and abroad. In July 2002 George was appointed Financial Director and chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. He is also a delegate to the British Dance Council and World Dance Council. Having originally qualified only with the IDTA, he is a devout worker for the future success of the Association and considers loyalty and reliability to the service of members a number one priority for all Directors.

 

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Lynn Armsby

Director 2019-2020

Fellow and Ballroom Branch Examiner

Lynn started dancing at the age of nine with her brother Keith Clifton. Later she won the British and European Latin Championships with her partner Alan Armsby and was a member of the British Team.  She is proud to be the auntie of Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin and Joanne Clifton.

 

Following a successful period of teaching in the competitive scene, Lynn and Alan spent many years performing and teaching on cruise ships.  This work extended Lynn’s knowledge of other forms of dance and she became a successful choreographer on board some of the world’s finest cruise ships. 

 

Lynn opened her own school in the UK  in 1990,  and this is still successfully operating today. She became an IDTA examiner over 20 years ago and has had the pleasure and the privilege of examining in the UK and overseas. Lynn is a successful and respected teacher both in the UK and abroad and has successfully trained social dancers, competitors and many professionals in a variety of dance genres.

 

In 2010 after gaining a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management, Lynn began teaching full time at Buckinghamshire New University.   This involved developing and leading a unique BA in Dance and Performance which also produces many IDTA professionals.

 

Lynn left the University in July 2016 and was appointed to the IDTA Board of Directors in the same month.  She is passionate about dance at all levels, works extensively to promote the IDTA and support its members, and considers fairness and professionalism to be at the heart of her values.

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Len Armstrong

Honorary Director

Former Director and President

 

Former Director and President of the IDTA. Honorary President of the British Dance Council 2009 - Present. President of the Council and Chairman of the Board of Directors 2004 - 2009. Vice-President, World Dance & Dance Sport Council 1999 - 2003. World, European and British Amateur Champion. British Team Captain 1979 -1991.

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