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1st and 2nd August 2017

A one of a kind experience you simply can't afford to miss!



Elmhurst Ballet School

Boasting superb modern purpose-built facilities in the leafy suburb of Edgbaston, just 2 miles south of the City Centre, Elmhurst is within easy reach of Birmingham New Street Railway Station, and has a bus stop opposite the main entrance. There is also on-site parking if you are travelling by car.

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5 classes each day with 3 different classes running concurrently, covering many genres, some of which may be new to you!

Do you need overnight accommodation? IDS have a special deal with a hotel just a 10-minute drive from Elmhurst School for Dance.
Call Jan on 01626 88 22 06 to find out more.

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class timetable

Confirmed for DTC 2017

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2017 faculty

Confirmed faculty for this year

Over the last six years IDS’ Dance Teacher Conference has brought you exceptional dance teachers from a wide range of disciplines so you can experience something different and revel in the sheer joy of dancing.

Please keep checking as we will add more as soon as we have confirmation

James Robinson


James trained at LCPA and after completing his training danced for artists including Jessie J, The Spice Girls, The Pussycat Dolls, Leona Lewis,
The Saturdays, Pixie Lott, and The Wanted,and his experience as a choreographer in TV, fashion and the arena stage is ensuring that James is fast becoming one of the most sought after commercial choreographers in the UK.

He has many television credits and has completed World and UK Tours for ‘The X-Factor’, ‘Spirit of the Dance’, ‘Disco Fever’ and ‘The Full Monty’.

James has also had the pleasure of working with top choreographers including Paul Roberts, Mikey Mindon, Brian Rogers, Paul Domaine, David Wood, Gary Lloyd, Alan Harding and Michelle Thorne. As well as performing, James also teaches and choreographs around the UK.

Brendon Hansford


Brendon Hansford is an international choreographer and movement director based in London. Revolutionary at best and controversial at worst, Brendon relishes in challenging conformity, pushing physicality and working with international masters on the cutting edge of technology and movement. He has been commissioned by many artists, events managers, directors and is currently developing his first debut theatre production. A student of innovators such as Graham and Cunningham, Brendon is a melting pot of expressionism, urban foundation and commercial flare. Boasting a weekly 5-class residency in the Capital’s top dance facilities, including the world-renowned Pineapple Dance Studios, Brendon is tasked with sculpting the new face of the entertainment industry. Driven by his passion to inspire and educate, Brendon has been developing the next generation of industry professionals, and is looking forward to imparting his expertise at the Conference.

Flawless member
Christian "BIG KRIS" Alozie


London born choreographer and dancer Christian "BIG KRIS" Alozie has worked with an impressive list of A list celebrities including Beyoncé and Rihanna. His hard work has paid off as he’s also performed for HM The Queen and the late Michael Jackson. Christian is a member of one of the UK’s leading street dance companies, Flawless. Since starring on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 as well as becoming a household name, Flawless have appeared in smash hit movies Street Dance 3D 1 & 2, headlined for the Royal Family performing at the Queens Diamond Jubilee concert alongside Kylie Minogue, performed for the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics, heated things up with the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing professionals, and made history collaborating with the exceptional English National Ballet.

Luke Jackson


Luke, originally from Leicester, England trained at Laine Theatre Arts. He competed in BBC So You Think You Can Dance series 2, gaining 2nd place. West end credits include: Kinky Boots. Viva Forever (Spice Girls Musical). Priscilla Queen Of The Desert. Grease. The Producers and Phantom of the Opera. Tour Credits include: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. CATS. West Side Story. The Most Incredible Thing (Saddlers Wells), Copacabana and Saturday Night Fever and Strictly Ballroom. Film credits: Finding Neverland and Phantom Of The Opera.

Dax O’Callaghan

commercial street

Dax O’Callaghan was trained at the legendary Sylvia Young Theatre School and was a seasoned professional performer at a very young age, both on the West End Stage and on television. 

At 16 years old Dax became the youngest ever teacher at the world famous Pineapple Dance Studios, teaching full-time classes training professionals. He went on to choreograph for Olly Murs, Ella Henderson, MNEK, Andrea Begley,and Jedward (Eurovision Song Contest), among others  and was a guest choreographer for the CBBC dance show The Next Step. He has also been on the judging panel for UDO World Championship and the annual ASDU European Dance Championships.

His work in music production and song writing is also impressive, working with legendary producer Teddy Riley in 2009, Dax went on to produce music for Kelly Roland, JLS, Pixie Lott, Alexandra Burke, Little Mix, Dancing On Ice Tour and also fashion and coorperate events. He writes and directs new shows for Celebrity Cruises and has most recently choreographed the new U.K. Tour for The Overtones.

An artist with past experience as a West End singer, TV actor, Presenter, Chart-topping recording artist, Choreographer, Dancer, and Music Producer give him a natural creative insight when working on projects and is an exciting addition to our Faculty.

Joseph Prouse

musical theatre

Joseph trained at Performers College and has performed extensively in the West End. He is currently appearing in Beautiful. The Carol King Musical at The Aldwich Theatre. His television credits include: Soloist in A Royal Gala (ITV); Children in Need, The Royal Variety and For One Night Only. He teaches Musical Theatre workshops at many schools and colleges.

Graham Fletcher


Graham Fletcher is a highly accomplished professional dance teacher, director and choreographer, having enjoyed a prestigious career as a principal of The Royal Ballet Company, star of London West End Theatre, television and film productions and numerous national and international dance schools and companies. Graham's extensive teaching experience includes The Royal Ballet Schools, The Royal Academy of Dancing, Elmhurst Ballet School, English National Ballet School, Rambert School and the Florida Dance Festival. Other choreographic and ballet company guest teacher engagements include Icelandic National Ballet, The English National Ballet Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet and as Assistant Artistic Director to Christopher Gable at Northern Ballet Theatre.

Dominic Antonucci


Dominic Antonucci was born in Athens, Ohio, and brought up in Akron, where attended the Nan Klinger School of Dance and the School of American Ballet. He performed with American Ballet Theatre from 1991 to 1994, joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1994 as a Soloist and was promoted to Principal in 2003. Dominic proved himself a hugely versatile performer over the years, comfortably dancing the leads in classics such as The Nutcracker, Coppélia and The Sleeping Beauty. His strong masculine presence was seen to great effect as the Gypsy Lover in The Two Pigeons and Uther Pendragon in Arthur, whilst his comic gifts were evident as Petruchio in The Shakespeare Suite and as Captain Belaye in Pineapple Poll. Dominic has been a prominent contributor to the Birmingham Royal Ballet Department for Learning’s work and has a wide experience of teaching and mentoring young people. He taught and rehearsed the dancers of the National Ballet of Japan in Ashton’s Cinderella. Away from the studio, he is a regular contributor to The Dancing Times. He was appointed Ballet Master in 2009, a role he still holds today.

Hope Keelan


Hope Keelan is the Artistic Teacher & Programme Manager at The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge in London, England.
She came to England from Canada in 1973 to study at The Royal Ballet School’s Teacher Training Course and on graduating joined the staff. She has also worked at the English National Ballet School and Ballet Rambert School, where she now sits on their Board of Trustees.

She is in great demand as a guest teacher all over the world and has worked in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong and extensively in Europe.

Odette Hughes


Odette Hughes joined Wayne McGregor | Random Dance in June 1997 following a dance and technology residency with Wayne McGregor in Berlin, becoming the company’s Rehearsal Director in 2000.Odette danced for the company for a decade before retiring from stage and is now responsible for the everyday artistic supervision of McGregor’s Company, overseeing all performances, and directing all rehearsals. She has restaged numerous McGregor Ballets and has also restaged McGregor’s Contemporary pieces for education establishments. Odette has taught numerous workshops and Master Classes at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and The Northern School of Contemporary Dance as well as many others. She has acted as external examiner for the London School of Contemporary Dance and has been involved in numerous education projects for all age and abilities. She was appointed Wayne McGregor | Random Dance Associate Director in January 2007.

Wanlin Steele

Chinese fan DAnce

Wanlin Steele graduated in Chinese Classical Dance and Performance at the world-renowned Beijing Dance Academy. She went on to teach and perform at the BDA after graduation, taking part in numerous performances on national television and in prestigious venues across China, as well as a gala for the birthday celebrations of the King of Thailand. Now based in the UK, Wanlin has a busy teaching and performing schedule, relying on her extensive professional expertise to bring the art of Chinese dance to audiences outside China. Her passion for Chinese dance has been widely praised and gave her the opportunity to work with several renowned British choreographers, most notably Kim Gavin. Since 2012, Wanlin has been bringing Chinese dance to London’s “Move It!” international dance festival, both through workshops and through performances with her ensemble. This has also led to collaboration on various projects with other dance schools from the UK and South Africa.

Sohan Kailey


Sohan Kailey, Director of Aashiyana Arts, is a Performing Artist, Dancer, Professional Entertainer, Actor and Children's Entertainer, Street Theatre Artist and Puppeter. 
Sohan has been involved in the performing arts for many years and has worked with various organisations to engage audiences in dance and performance. His musical influences range from Indian cinema, Latin Jazz to the Big Band sounds of New York City. He has performed and facilitated workshops at numerous world music festivals as well as working with corporate clients.

Jennifer Shirkey


Jennifer Shirkey is from Regina, Saskatchewan where she danced competitively in the areas of Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Acrobatic for 15 years.   She successfully completed her majors in RAD Ballet and was accepted to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s summer program where she was given the opportunity to further develop her skills and dance technique.  She went onto the University of Saskatchewan to complete a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and advanced certificate in Economics.  She also studied abroad in Guatemala and completed a marketing internship in Madrid, Spain. Her career focus has been in sales, marketing and logistics.  While traveling the world over the last 15 years, Jennifer’s passion for dance and the arts inspired her to attend dance classes to fulfil her love of dance.  Today, she maintains her commitment and involvement in dance as an instructor for Acrobatic Arts’ master classes in Canada and as a Ballet Barre Works instructor at Ballet Barre Works Studio and various other studios in Calgary.   Jennifer, is currently managing the UK division and looks forward to supporting Acrobatic Arts’ expansion into Europe in the near future.

Graeme Henderson


Graeme has worked for years as an actor, dancer and choreographer. He has worked at the National Theatre, in the West End, and also in repertory, television and film. He has won two coveted Carl Alan Awards in recognition of his services to dance. He regularly lectures and adjudicates for all the major dance societies and has taught at most of the major dance colleges in London including Laine Theatre Arts, Bird College, Arts Educational and the Urdang Academy, and is very proud to be an honorary member of the IDTA, BATD and the ADA dance organisations. Graeme now divides his time through his company GHTAP between performing, choreography and teaching American jazz tap. He is currently appearing in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Jamie Spall

Rhythm Tap

An original member of Tap Attack since the age of 11 she represented England for 7 years achieving 9 medals at 6 world championships. Jamie choreographed and produced her sell-out show Tap That! as part of The Brighton Fringe, winning ‘The Best Of Fest Award’, and ‘Audience Choice Award’. Jamie went on to produce her 2nd show Tap Addiction at the 2016 Brighton Fringe Festival. Jamie co-produced the first ever international Tap Dance festival in the UK, Brighton Tap Festival in 2015 and 2016.  Jamie regularly teaches in the UK and internationally at Pineapple Dance Studios, Reynolds Training Academy, Taptastic Festival Germany, Tap Dance Days Dusseldorf, and has also choreographed gold medal winning dances for the Dance World Cup. Jamie Is also an original member of the London based Tap Dance company ‘Old Kent Road’.

Anne Walker MBE


Anne started her own dance school in Liverpool at the age of 17. It grew quickly and realising there was a gap in the market she started to make leotards for her own students in a friend’s attic bedroom. Other dance teachers saw the leotards, loved them and asked her to make some for their students, and so a new business was born. Originally called Harlequin Dancewear, the business has become the award winning, multi-million pound company that is IDS. Anne has been recognised for her talent as a businesswoman both here and in the USA. In 2009 she won a First Women Award followed in 2010 by a Stevie Award in New York and then the everywoman Hera award in 2011. Also in 2011 Anne received an MBE for her Services to Business. Her passion for supporting dance teachers is what drives her, and several initiatives including this very conference have been instituted because Anne cares so deeply about helping dance teachers of every level.

Shruti Shah


Shruti has been a part of the SHIAMAK dance company for over fifteen years. She has taught in many cities across India and is currently teaching in the UK. She has trained Bollywood stars and has performed in Bollywood films. Shruti has performed at shows and award ceremonies across the globe, some of them being the IIFA Awards, Unforgettable Tour with the Bachchan family, Filmfare awards, Zee Cine Awards and many more. She has trained at the Debbie Allen's Dance Academy. Shruti is also certified in dance therapy.

£9 Voucher


Elmhurst’s Bistro will provide an assortment of tasty light meals for Lunch. As we need to supply them, prior to the event, with the number they are catering for only those who have purchased lunch tickets in advance will be allowed to use this facility.

The Conference is open to all dance teachers at an amazing price of just £75 per day.
Every class counts towards your CPD and is endorsed by the CDET.

idtc 2016

Here's what we did last year

Have a look at the faculty and all the classes that took place during our last year's conference.

Wayne Sleep


Wayne will work through some of his repertoire, giving you the chance to use his choreography in your own classes.

Tomas Simon


Gain an understanding of the methodology of basic hip hop grooves as seen in rap, R&B, and pop music videos and concerts, and then apply them within choreography. Learn how to apply musicality and dynamics and impart key points for teaching different age groups.

James Robinson


The first class will concentrate on moves common in the commercial world today, and the second class is more lively with jumps and turns.

Tom Shilcock


In this class understand the use of dynamics and have a better knowledge of the use of musicality and rhythmic coordination in performance. Identify how to achieve story telling in contemporary jazz and its uniqueness to each student and how to get the best out of them.

Lukas McFarlane

Contemporary jazz

In this class understand the use of dynamics and have a better knowledge of the use of musicality and rhythmic coordination in performance. Identify how to achieve story telling in contemporary jazz and its uniqueness to each student and how to get the best out of them.

Ryan Jenkins


Session 1 Connecting with the Floor. The floor is your friend. Through techniques devised with the use of release, you will learn to glide and roll as though you are sleeping in bed. Session 2 Improvisation. A key attribute used by leading choreographers.

Kelly Ewins


Session 1 and 2  - The class content is the same for both sessions. Learn a tap warm up exercise to takeaway and use in your classes. Explore performance through tap and use of arm style and learn a routine of West End standard.

Joseph Prouse


Session 1 and 2. The class content is the same for both sessions. Understand how to perform a routine in a specific style and have a better knowledge of how to pick up a routine quickly and be able to execute it in the style that has been shown. Be able to find individual ways to aid picking up skills and style.

Graeme Henderson


Session 1 and 2  - Close work (paddles, cramp-rolls and riffs)The class content is the same for both sessions. This class will help you understand the technical composition of these steps and how to teach them, how to have a greater repertoire and understand better how to put them in context.

Zak Nemorin

jacki mitchell's isolation technique

Inspired by Matt Mattox Technique, Zak will take the class through a series of body control isolation exercises designed to warm up the body whilst building dexterity coordination and dynamic control. Followed by a combination.

Heather Habens

New Adventures Workshop

A class focusing on the style of New Adventures and the work of Matthew Bourne.  You will learn repertoire from Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty and go on to explore creative tasks that Matthew Bourne uses in the studio with his dancers.

Ian Knowles


Ian trained at the Royal Ballet School. He was principal dancer with Northern Ballet Theatre, P.A.C.T SA. and Washington Ballet DC and worked extensively in film and television. He currently teaches Classical Ballet at Pineapple Dance Studios in London and has also been a guest teacher with many major ballet companies including Rambert Dance Company, Frankfurt Ballet and London City Ballet.

Hope Keelan


Session 1 Teaching pirouettes and the exercises used to help achieve greater balance and spotting. Session 2 Sustaining turn out and posture and the exercises used to help strengthen the allegro foot work and leg line.

Graham Fletcher


Session 1 Understand the basics of movement in classical ballet to help achieve greater movement across the floor. Session 2 Understand the basics of travelling in classical ballet with exercises used to help with turns and jumps.

Laura Green


Session 1 and 2. The class content is the same for both sessions. Understand the use of feet in conjunction with weight placement and the association of both of these  with control of turn out . Learn how to teach this essential discipline to your students.

Sujata Banerjee


Understand the basics of Kathak genre: movements, few basic hand gestures and also how the bare feet with ankle bells interprets complicated rhythmic  syllables, and have a basic understanding of the technical part as well as the expressive aspect. Explore creative tasks which will give you a chance to use the learnt technique in your own way.

Tatiana Novaes Coelho


Understanding dynamic versus static stretches and when best to use them. In this workshop we will go through a series of stretches best suited for the warm up and then a series of stretches best suited to the end of the day. The aim is to increase range of motion and gain strength at the same time and understand the muscles being stretched so that the dancer is working correctly on the muscle and not the joint..

Sohan Kailey

Bhangra & Bollywood

Experience the dance culture of Bhangra & Bollywood, from the basics of traditional Jhummar, Sammi, to dynamic hatka jatka moves. Understand the dance vocabulary, rhythms, beats, and movement technique and merge Bhangra with Street style Bollywood to add a new dimension, inspiring you to take away ideas and apply to your dance styles.

Anne Walker MBE


Gain a clearer understanding of how to market and run your business more efficiently in order to achieve greater profitability and know the value of advertising. Gain insights into how to increase numbers and retain students and understand the need to keep up to date with legislation.

Russell and Carolene Sargeant

jazz dance

Session 1 Charleston. Understand the basic dynamics of this 1920’s dance style and learn steps that you can take back to your class.
Session 2 Swing/ Lindy Hop. Understand the swing style of jazz dancing in the 1920s-1940s and learn moves that you can take back to your class.

£10 Voucher


Elmhurst’s Bistro will provide an assortment of tasty light meals for Lunch. As we need to supply them, prior to the event, with the number they are catering for only those who have purchased lunch tickets in advance will be allowed to use this facility.

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