Principal Karen Day & Teacher Antony Day

Fully qualified with both the ISTD & UKA, DVS (CRB) checked, experienced, and insured professional teachers

Karen and Antony Day teamed up in 1977 following a “Partner Wanted” advert placed in the Dance News. They started their competitive careers as Juniors becoming British Intermediate champions aged 16 and progressed through to the Adult ranks where they achieved the ranking of 24 in the British Amateur League Table.

They competed at international level all over Europe. They toured (what was then) Yugoslavia representing Ireland in a showcase of ballroom dancing competitions and exhibition dances as well as choreographing and starring in a Eurythmics video (Do You Want To Break Up?). 

After taking a break from dancing to start their family, Karen and Antony started Grafty Dance Club (in nearby Grafty Green) as a fun club to introduce dancing to local children and adults.

In 1996 Tony & Karen turned professional and qualified as Associate Teachers with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).

Karen has produced and coached many couples who made it into The British Ballroom Team, including her nephew, David Lathrope, who made it into the team two years running. 

Today Karen continues to create dancers who rank highly in the country and produces many winners and finalists of Champions of Tommorow and Stars of the Future, achieving many Teacher's Awards. Most recently, Karen has been awarded Britain's Best Teacher Award for the second year running. 

Emma Day started dancing at the age of 3. She began by learning Ballet, Ballroom and Latin and then expanding to Tap, Modern Jazz and Freestyle dancing. Emma performed through to her teens in many local shows, theatres and TV programs. TV programs included tap-dancing on "the mint", and ballroom dancing on "Strictly Comes Dancing - It Takes Two" and on "Australian Princess". 

Deciding to follow in her parents' footsteps, she competed successfully in ballroom and latin; winning many local competitions and at junior ranking in the top 12 of the EADA charts. Later leading onto Stars of the Future finals and eventually winning the ISTD Grand Finals. 

From the age of 16, Emma worked as a student teacher at GDC, choreographing her own dance show, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" for the school to demonstrate their talent to the area.

In 2008, she qualified as a professional with the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dancing and Kindred Arts (UKA), teaching full time at Lenham Dance Studios and for a short time, at the University of Kent for their ballroom society.  

In her career she has been asked to choreograph a routine for some of her pupils to dance with Bruce Forsyth on The Paul O'Grady Show and for a piece on "Everybody Dance Now". She has also worked as a dancer in parades and shows at Disneyland Paris.

However, like her parents, her focus is on producing talented, competitive dancers and has already produced many winners. One of Emma's proudest achievements was, at just 23, winning a 1st place Teacher's Award at Champions of Tomorrow. 

Emma is also a qualified Zumba instructor and enjoys dancing to the up beat Latin rhythms. 

After the birth of her first baby, she was inspired to teach ballroom dancing to babies and even babywearing mums, and now runs babywearing ballroom and toddler and parent classes. Which aims to aid with parent and child bonding, as much as learning to dance.

 Professional Teacher Emma Day 

Associate Qualified with the UKA, ZUMBA instructor, insured, DVS (CRB) checked, experienced teacher.

 Professional Teacher James Tucker 

Associate Qualified with the UKA, Fitsteps instructor, Personal Trainer, insured, DVS (CRB) checked, experienced teacher

 James joined our school when he was just 6 years old.