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Frances Clayton

Director 2019-2020

Fellow and Theatre Branch Examiner

Frances has been a member of the IDTA for 52 years, coaching children, adults, Professional Dancers and Teachers in all genres in the Ballroom and Theatre Branches. A Fellow and Examiner in the IDTA Theatre faculties since 1972 she has examining extensively in the UK and Europe. Frances has served for many years on the Freestyle Faculty helping to develop the syllabus, and is currently a member of the Musical Theatre Faculty continuing to develop this very popular children’s and students’ performance work.

Frances is also a member of the London Meeting and Congress Arrangements Committee. As Principal of MADD College (Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama) for 47 years, this has given Frances a wealth of experience in nurturing the love of dance in children and students for pleasure or for the profession. Frances has three grown up children, one of whom, Emma, is also dedicated to the profession as a Performer, Choreographer and Director. In 2011 Frances was extremely honoured to be awarded the Carl Alan Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award and the Classique de Danse Professional Theatre Award 2011.

 

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Phil Diment

Director 2019-2020

Fellow and Ballroom Branch Examiner

Philip started dancing at the age of eight and competed in Juvenile, Junior, Amateur and Professional Competitions in Ballroom and Latin.

On becoming professional, he found that he enjoyed the teaching side of dancing and has been a member of the IDTA for over 40 years. Philip and his wife Christine have run a successful dance centre in Southampton for 39 years. The school’s base is Medallist pupils, covering many dance styles and offering social events and dance holidays.

Philip has been teaching local groups of adults with learning disabilities and has taken them onto the Medal test system. He is now involved with a study by Southampton University on the benefits of Ballroom Dancing for Parkinson’s disease sufferers.

Philip also works with many professionals, training them for teaching qualifications, and has trained teachers to Fellowship and Examiner level. His love of technique enabled Philip to fulfill his lifelong ambition to become an IDTA examiner in 1992.

Philip has been a member of the South East Area Committee for many years and is a past Chairman. He has been a member of the IDTA Board of Directors for many years and was President in 2005-2006 and 2012-2013, a role which he enjoyed immensely. Philip and his wife travelled the length of the country to meet with as many members of the IDTA areas as possible, and has enjoyed his connection with both the Ballroom and Theatre Branches.

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Colin Donaldson

Director 2019-2020

Fellow and Theatre Branch Examiner

Colin took his first professional dance qualification in 1967. The Association was then known as the 'International Dance Masters Association'.

Since his appointment as an Examiner in the Ballroom branches, he has travelled to many parts of the UK, working in many different IDTA dance schools. Examination work has allowed him to meet many IDTA teachers in their own dance schools, which helps him to understand the challenges they are facing. He has also travelled the world for the Association, lecturing, judging and examining.

Colin was elected to the Board of Directors in 1999 and served as President from 2008-2009, he takes great pride in being an active member of the Board. He has gained a great deal of knowledge from serving on many of the various sub-committees and faculties; including the British Dance Council, the London Meeting & Congress Arrangements Committee, the Finance & General Purposes Committee and various others.

With his wife Jacqui and two daughters, Cara and Kerri-Anne, he manages two very different types of dance schools. One catering exclusively for social dancers and those who wish to take Medals. The other, original school now caters mainly for advanced dancers, and those who wish to compete and to perfect their dance skills.

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Yvonne Goût

Director 2019-2020

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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Richard Hopkins

Director 2019-2020

Fellow and Ballroom Branch Examiner

Richard is a proud member, past President, Examiner and member of the Board of Directors of IDTA. He has lectured at the London and Southport conferences, and in many IDTA Areas.

Richard enjoys judging the superb Area and National Medallist events, and teaches all grades of dancer, be it professional or amateur. Having run a dance school for over 46 years, Richard strongly identifies with the needs of members.

He enthusiastically endeavours to dedicate his time and energy - alongside his passion for innovation and development - into continuing to keep our association as the leader of the dance world.

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Vanessa Hooper

Director 2019-2020

Fellow and Theatre Branch Examiner

Vanessa trained at the Royal Ballet School and danced as a Principal with the Royal Ballet and Northern Ballet Companies and was a dancer, singer and actress in several musicals in London whilst teaching at Pineapple Dance Centre. She has choreographed and directed for the stage and television in London and Europe including Starlight Express with Arlene Phillips. After completing her IDTA Fellowship examinations she returned to teaching alongside her mother Vera Skelton and became an examiner for the IDTA. She has been on the Ballet Faculty for over twenty years and is currently chairman.

Through passion and knowledge Vanessa has trained dancers in the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, The Mariinsky Ballet & Matthew Bourne’s Company. Her pupils are performing in West End and touring musical productions and cruise ships and companies around the world. She has coached dancers for the Prix de Lausanne and has had winners at Adeline Genée, Molly Lake and Young Dancer of the Year. In 2016 Vanessa was awarded the Carl Alan Teachers’ Award.

“Dancing teaches special skills, makes extraordinary people and enhances life. It is my ambition to promote this and the reason I am standing for the IDTA Board of Directors.”

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