SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2024
The organisers of the "The Rayleigh" Dance festival would like to acknowledge the kind support of solicitors Birkett Long in the event.
Parking is very easy. And here are the details for you: -
Mill Hall – SS6 7ED (121 spaces)
Market – SS6 8EB (65 spaces)
Websters Way – SS6 8JQ (347 spaces)
Currently, parking is free on Sundays, but please double-check on the web link above in case things change.
Future Event Dates
13 October 2024
27 April 2025
12 October 2025
Phil has been immersed in the glamorous world of dance since the tender age of 4, with family memories of him joyfully grasping the dropped front of an old-fashioned Radiogram while wiggling his diaper-clad bottom. It's safe to say he's always been a natural performer, in addition to excelling as a professional dancer.
From those early days, his career has blossomed, encompassing roles as a radio presenter for the BBC and various television appearances, ranging from children's programs to the satirical gem "A Comic Strip Presents..." on Channel 4. This diverse background has uniquely qualified him to be a dynamic dance event host, these days also doing work as an after-dinner speaker.
His experience in dance hosting spans from intimate gatherings to the grand National Championships, with each event offering its own distinct flavour. The truth is, you can never predict exactly what will unfold when Phil takes the reins, but one thing's for sure: it will always be an enjoyable and entertaining experience!
Our Last Judges Were:-
Crystal Main is the proprietor of Feather Steps Dance Academy, situated in Suffolk. With a prestigious background as the former UK Closed Champion and a consistent presence as a finalist in the Open British and British National competitions across all levels, she has achieved remarkable success in her dancing career. Beyond the competition circuit, Crystal has also shone as a principal dancer on stage and contributed her talents as a Strictly Come Dancing show dancer and Assistant Choreographer. With a wealth of experience, she has been dedicated to professional dance instruction for over two decades, demonstrating her enduring commitment to the art.
Malcolm, an esteemed Fellow and Examiner within the ISTD, boasts nearly three decades of experience in preparing candidates for both medallist and professional examinations. His expertise extends to regular adjudication and examination duties both in the UK and on the international stage. Additionally, Malcolm actively participates in organizations like UKEDC and holds the role of EDI officer as a director of the BDC, showcasing his ongoing dedication to the dance community.
Jill's passion for dance ignited during her childhood and has blossomed into a lengthy and fulfilling career. She consistently imparts her knowledge, with a focus on professional teacher training, holding prestigious titles as a Fellow and Lead Examiner in four specialized faculties within the ISTD. Her work frequently leads her abroad, with a strong presence in various Asian regions. Irrespective of her students' age or skill level, whether they are novices or champions, Jill continues to derive immense joy from every facet of her profession.
Libby is known as the “fastest inputter in the business” and is one of the UK’s strongest up-and-coming scrutineers, and is a regular at major events behind her trusty laptop, and is famous for being very flexible and adaptable at events, including a regular at the major Blackpool Grand Finals. Libby is the perfect person to do the number crunching at “The Rayleigh”!
WHAT IS IT LIKE AT "THE RAYLEIGH"?
They say a picture paints a thousand words!