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Dawn Parker

President 2017-2018

Fellow and Ballroom Branch Examiner

Dawn started dancing at the age of seven, and was introduced into the Medal test system through the classical sequence branch. Subsequently she took Medals in several branches, entered and partnered in IDTA Medallist competitions, and in 1974 won Medallist of the Year in Classical and Modern Sequence under the guidance of Derek Tonks and Beryl Bates.

Her desire to teach was very strong and as a result she qualified at 17 in Classical Sequence and Ballroom. She continued studying for further qualifications in other branches at John Knight Dance Studios. By 28 years old Dawn had attained Fellowships in Ballroom, Latin and Sequence, and at 29 was appointed IDTA examiner. She has been a full-time dance teacher all her working life.

She has been a part of IDTA since the beginning in 1967 and firmly believes it will remain the biggest and best by keeping up with modern trends and styles, and encouraging all ages and abilities to get involved in the subject. She has, and still continues to, fully support the Medal test system and has entered thousands of pupils in Ballroom, Latin, Sequence, Freestyle, Rock 'n' Roll, Country and Western, Cheerleading, Dance Exercise and Club Dance style tests.

She has trained numerous professionals in all branches. Dawn has been a member of the Midlands Area Committee for 14 years and is currently Vice Chairman; she is also the current Chairman of the Freestyle Faculty and has previously held titles in 2002-2004 and 2009-2010.

In 2006 she was elected onto the Ballroom Faculty and has thoroughly enjoyed working with colleagues on the revision of our technique book. Her love of examining, lecturing and adjudicating at all levels has not deteriorated, and she still loves the buzz of visiting and revisiting venues to receive a warm reception from all our members. She has thoroughly enjoyed her ten years as a member of the Board, and has become even more aware of how hard her fellow directors work to maintain our standards.

It has been an honour and privilege for Dawn to play a part in the continuing development of the biggest and best dance teachers association in the world, and especially to represent the Association as President from 2010-2011 - a role she thoroughly enjoyed and took very seriously. She would like to thank everyone who had faith in her. Dawn is always approachable and ready to offer advice and encouragement.

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Phil Winston

President Elect 2017-2018

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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Yvonne Goût

Immediate Past President 2016-2017

Fellow and Theatre Branch Examiner

Yvonne is a Fellow and examiner of the Theatre Branch and is actively involved in many of the IDTA committees including the Ballet Faculty, Overseas Development Committee, Finance & General Purposes Committee, London Meeting and Congress Arrangements Committee and the Selection Committee for Dance Proms. She also continues to develop and build the South East Area.

One of the proudest memories of her career was when elected president for 2006-2007 and again in 2011-12. This gave her ample opportunity to travel throughout the country and meet many members. Yvonne pursued a professional career gaining a wide experience in performing arts. Teaching dance and theatre skills became her passion, opening her own school in north London. For many years she produced and directed Young Stars of Tomorrow in London (Dominion, Sadler's Wells, Royalty and Mermaid theatres), these shows being blessed through the attendance of well-known figures in our Royalty.

All in all, this kind of work on business elements, and the necessities involved were to help her in years to come. She now specialises in training professional dancers and teachers of who have become IDTA Examiners and also works as a professional coach in all Theatre genres.

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George Coad

Financial Director 2017-2018

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 2017-2018

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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