We are very pleased to welcome back Dance Festival Adjudicator:
Some of you may remember that Alison was our adjudicator in 2019. Throughout the festival she will be adjudicating in the Muse Theatre.
For many years Alison enjoyed a varied performing career on stage and television with most notable credits including “A Night of 100 Stars” at The London Palladium, Songs of Praise, Get Your Own Back and Come Dancing for the BBC with partner Howard Donald of Take That!
Upon moving into teaching Alison settled in Rossendale, Lancashire and for 25 years, alongside her husband Chris, ran a successful dance and drama school, Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre. This was one of the first UK schools to gain Recognised School status from the now CDMT, Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre Training.
Since 2015 Alison has worked as a Dance Education Consultant, a role which encompasses teaching, mentoring, lecturing, adjudicating and examining both in the UK and overseas. In September 2018 she launched Lancaster Dance Centre, offering dance and fitness tuition to children and adults in the beautiful city of Lancaster.
Alison is passionate about nurturing and developing confidence in leaners and performers of all ages and abilities. Many of Alison’s students have progressed to full time training at establishments such as Central School of Ballet, Northern Ballet School, Ballet West, Elmhurst, Bird and Performers College.
She has recently completed an MSc. in Dance Science and Education at the University of Edinburgh specialising in private sector dance teacher training and education. She is also the author of the amateur and professional UKA Dance syllabi for Jazz Dance and Musical Theatre.
Our 2022 Dance Studio adjudicator, adjudicating over the first weekend is:
Gemma is an approved tutor and a dual fellowship member of the ISTD
She trained at Summerscales Performing Arts and went on to Tiffany Theatre College for a graduate course. Her professional performance experience started as a child, first modelling for various international brands including Coca-Cola. She then went on to perform as a child in UK tours and in the West End including productions with the New Shakespeare Company. She was also invited to appear as a singer/dancer at the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000.
Gemma then started to choreograph leading her into teaching. Passionate for passing her love of the arts on to students she continues to extend her knowledge of theatre and dance with recognised and respected practitioners in the UK and USA.
Gemma is delighted to be recognised as an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals and is looking forward to adjudicating at the Plymouth dance festival in July.
The Festival Performance
The Festival experience differs from the examination situation in that it offers participants the opportunity to perform on a public stage in front of an audience and receive a mark and feedback from a qualified adjudicator.
The adjudicator will therefore look for a complete performance, including attention to dress, entrances and exits, announcing and acknowledging both applause and, where appropriate, the accompanist.