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.

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