Gratitude

This page is a Tribute to the members of the Round Dance community who have in the past served on the RDC Committee giving their time and effort to combine all the round dance resources available, in order to strengthen and further Round Dancing in the UK. 

Please feel free to advise us of any admissions and include a brief history and portrait image if available. You can contact us by post or email.

David & Valerie Marshall - David and Valerie had both tried a variety of dance types before 1992, when they went to a Saturday night Square Dance which had Rounds between tips. They took one look at the Round Dancing, and said “That’s for us!”. They looked around to find people from whom they could learn as much Round Dancing as possible, and owe a lot of thanks to several teachers, especially Bill and Helen Viner, Susie and Gert-Jan Rotscheid, Michael and Regina Schmidt and their current teacher Richard Lamberty.

After travelling overseas to a number of lessons, they noticed that a lot of material taught there was not being danced in the UK, so decided in 1998 to try teaching some of it to a few friends. After a couple of experiments, they started a regular “Practice Phase” and since then have taught dances from phase I to phase VI, in 15 different rhythms.  They prefer teaching figure clinics rather than dance workshops, as this is a better way to acquire dancing skills.  Currently they teach mostly at Phase III, beginner level, introducing Round Dancing to Scotland.
 
David and Valerie have been to 2 schools for RD teachers, one run by ECTA and one by Roundalab and they have both learned to cue, in order to make their teaching more flexible.  Nowadays, most of the time and money they spend on Rounds goes on improving their understanding of dance which, in turn, improves their ability to teach.
 
They have been active members of Roundalab for many years, serving on the “Round of the Quarter” phase IV and phase V committees, and the Teaching Progression committee for phase III to IV.

The Round Dance Council very much appreciate their commitment and assistance given in their role as Training Leads.


Matt Baldry - His enthusiasm for rounds helped shape the RDC into the effective body it is today.  Over a number of years he has served as the Cuers Rep, Vice Chair and Chair helping to develop a number of policies and training opportunities for new cuers.

He stepped down as Chair in 2015 so that he could concentrate on other projects.



started Rounds after a trip to Australia in 2006 and with the help of my family started Whirl & Twirl Round Dance Club (RDC).  learnt to cue/teach under the mentoring of Teresa Hart with additional help from The GSI Cuer Schools and SDCCGB Cuer Schools, featuring Martin Prufer as the coach.
 
I also cue at Saturday night Dances/weekends and in 2012 cued at the Spring Jamboree in Munich after gaining my ECTA Cuer’s Accreditation.  My current club is Matt's Twirlin' 2 Steppers near Sheffield.



Nick Wright - Served as the Librarian for a number of years, withdrawing in 2013 and was responsible for the cataloging and setting up of the Library Database. His tireless efforts behind the scenes to tackle this time consuming thankless task are very much appreciated and will be a great resource for many years to come.




Carol and I Learnt to Round Dance back in 2001 with Judi Wakeley. After graduating we joined 'Around 2000' and continued our training under Sandra Higson. after about a year the club was donated some cueing equipment and records. I, along with Linda Swinbank, agreed to have a go at cueing and now regularly cue for 'Around 2000' on a Thursday once a month. I have also cued at a number of Saturday night dances and a few weekend camp-outs.


Alex Stillwell - Served as the RDC's first Chair in 2009/10 supported by her husband Roy. Alex took up the mantel when Walt Burr indicated that he wanted a group to form, made up of cuer members from the SDCCGB. Alex helped set up the group which became the Round Dance Council and started its cuer training program.

Alex was the natural choice to represent the UK cuers as chair with her lengthy cueing and dancing career both in the UK and Europe in both Rounds and American Square Dancing.

After many years of service to Round Dancing Alex a world famous Lace Maker and Author decided to retire so that she could concentrate on her lace making. Despite this they both still occasionally dance but her Cueing is greatly missed in the UK.