Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ansell Chezan

Ansell is a Director, Fellow and Examiner of the UKA, and a Life Member of the ISTD and IDTA. He holds International Championship Adjudicating Licences with the British Dance Council (BDC), World Dance Council (WDC), and International Dance Organization (IDO).

Ansell also holds a BDC Scrutineers Licence.

In November 2009, Ansell was re elected (4th time) as the Chairman of the IDO Latino/Caribbean Committee, and was invited to be their first Chairman of the Bollywood Committee.

From the age of 4, Ansell has been involved with dance; initially trained in Tap, Ballet and National. At 21 he was introduced to couple dancing, with Ballroom, Latin American and Old Time. He was one of the inaugural members of the UKA Club Dance Committee that introduced Salsa on a Qualified Professional level, for the very first time.

In 2007 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on the UK Salsa scene.

To date, Ansell is responsible for examining over 500 dance teachers, around the world, in various dance disciplines, and continues to do so.

Ansell spends time, looking for new disciplines to bring into the UKA, for Examinations or Competitions. These include Burlesque, Pole Dancing, Bachata, Kizomba and LambaZouk.

He started talks with Honey Kalaria about Bollywood, and bringing this dance style to a standard where Professional Qualifications could be obtained, in the Performing Arts Division. This is now in place within the UKA, for both Amateur and Professional Assessments.

Although he is used to performing on stage and in the Ballroom, these days, most of his time is taken up in teaching, coaching, lecturing, examining and Adjudicating all around the world.

In June 2011, and again in 2012, Ansell was voted onto the Executive Council of the UKA. He was also entered onto the UKA’s Roll of Honour, for his work on their behalf. Ansell is now the UKA’s delegate to the S + RA and now sits on their Dance & Movement Division.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Paul Dribbell

On my journey to becoming a Licentiate of the UKA I have found myself extremely privilaged to have a lot of doors opened to me. Don't get me wrong, it's been hard work but it's been (generally) fun.

My UKA status allowed me to become a licenced adjudicator for the British Dance Council enabling me to judge for 4 Open Salsa Championships held by 'Uncle Phil' Kaila and his Salsa North West team. I have judged with the fabulous Irene Miguel, the legend that is Robert Charlemagne and Kizomba master Nelson Campos as well as Miguel Rico (of Miguel and Mayana fame).

I have worked alongside Rohan 'Smooth MC' Brown, judged for Fire in his Colours of the Rainbow competitions for schools and assisted with his UKA medal tests. I even had a stint as compere and judge for Ronnie Raul at his United Kingdom World Open Salsa Championship. I have also had the pleasure of judging for Lady Latin Vibes, Akile Alexander and scrutineering for Funda Layton at her 3 Counties competitions.

I performed for Garry and Giselle with Carol Cunningham at their Berties venue. As a regular lecturer at the annual UKA conference in Blackpool, I took the opportunity to hone my skills in Bellydance and even gained certifications in HipHop, Argentine Tango and Kizomba - although Salsa is still my weapon of choice (interspersed with those influences at times). I have worked as half of a dynamic duo with Ansell Chezan on a visit to Romania to aid the Rueda World Champions as well as on regular teaching jobs.

My classes of Salsa have seen me working with Gio Papas and Paul Marcel in the Guildford region, Ansell Chezan and Sandra in Dulwich (for Brenda Bishop), Ansell (again) for Maria 'Hot Salsa' in Enfield as well as for Maria on my own at her fabulous Trent Park venue. I was also called to St Helens for my Rueda by the Ballroom Empress herself, Rita Pover - an honour and true privilage.

I have had classes in my own right (both Salsa and Bellydance), given individual tuition and guidance and (through the UKA conference) found myself working with the inimitable figure of a woman that is Judy 'Dos Seis' Benoit Milner.

Via Judy, I landed myself a mixed bag of wonderful students with whom Claire Towerzy and myself have guided and nurtured to the exceptionally high standard that they are currently dancing at.

Finally on my list of credits is the true blessing of teaching for Heather Ross at her Salsa birthday party at the club that needs no introduction - Salsatricity.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Timetable - Ansell Chezan

I teach Ballroom and Latin Intermediate class every Friday afternoon 2-4 in the Bow area, and every Friday evening Ballroom and Latin Intermediate level from 8:15-10:15
in the Upminster area.

I am available for individual lessons, in all branches of Couple Dancing, including Club Dances.I specialise in Teacher Training through to Professional Assessment, in all levels, for all branches of Couple Dance. I am also available for lectures, workshops, and of course Adjudicating, as I hold BDC, WDC and IDO Judging Licences.

For more information please
Phone : 07958 473 473
Email :
Skype : ansell_chezan2011

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