Lorraine Cullum

Lorraine Cullum

I started dancing at the age of 5 and it has been my passion in life ever since.

My original training was in Ballet and the Theatrical arts with Molly Richardson at the County School of Dancing where I qualified to teach Ballet in 1976.

Under her influence I moved into the Ballroom and Latin American field. Receiving all my professional training with Molly and Mary I qualified in both in 1980 and have taught pupils at all levels at the County ever since. I love teaching people to dance – it is the most rewarding career I could have chosen and will always be grateful to Molly for having guided me in the right direction.

I pursued a successful competitive career in 10 Dance with my partner Neil Dewar reaching the top 24 in the world in Latin American. During that time we studied with some of the best coaches in the world such as Bill and Bobbie Irvine, Anthony Hurley, Michael and Vicky Barr, Alan and Hazel Fletcher, Shirley Ballas and David Sycamore and Denise Weavers We retired in 1999 and now judge teach and lecture at all levels throughout Europe. I take lessons with Timothy Howson and Lorna Lee, both former World Champions, to continue to expand my knowledge.

I started committee work for the ISTD in 1996 originally as a member of the Ballroom Teachers Committee and then in 1999 was co-opted as a member of the Latin American Faculty. I was subsequently voted on as a full member in 2001 and worked with them for 6 years.

I hold Fellowships in Ballroom and Latin American and Licentiate in Disco in both the NATD and the ISTD and am a qualified examiner in the NATD. I have also undertaken a detailed study of Flamenco dancing and pursue an interest in Sequence dancing (courtesy of my Mum!)

As well as my work at the studio I also coached the highly successful Oxford University Dancesport Team between 2003 and 2013 training them in both Ballroom and Latin American.

My hobby is ice dancing and although an elementary skater I enjoy translating my dance skills to the ice.

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