Live 4 Dancing Ballroom Dance Academy, which was founded by Cypriot Maria Kyriacou three years ago this December, is delighted to announce they won the Silver Award (schools up to 100 students category) at the recent Dance School of the Year 2019 Awards.

Now in its 7th year, the Dance School of the Year Awards was founded by Anne Walker MBE to celebrate the achievements of dance schools who so often do not receive the recognition they deserve.

From the thousands of dance schools eligible to enter, entries were received from schools of all sizes across the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia. 35 schools were shortlisted across four categories which are:

  • Schools with up to 100 students
  • Schools with 100-200 students
  • Schools with 200-399 students
  • Schools with 300 plus students

Judges were dance teacher, examiner and tutor Sarah Dickinson ARAD and businesswoman and entrepreneur Sarah Cressell. They were joined by140 dance teachers and their supporters at a glamorous black-tie event at Woodbury Park Hotel in the beautiful Devon countryside where the awards and trophies were presented.

Schools were judged on their professionalism and business acumen as well as the personal development of all the staff.

Live 4 Dancing is a place where students of all ages, shapes and sizes learn to Ballroom dance and perform. This is a studio where creativity, individuality and self-expression are encouraged and has a community of teachers and students who are passionate about the performing arts.

The academy, which operates on weekdays and weekends, strives to nurture and develop talent, celebrate the achievements of all students and inspire a love and appreciation of dance. It is committed to providing a safe and positive environment in which all students can feel empowered, comfortable and free to express themselves.

A structured class programme teaches the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep in Ballroom, and the Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Paso Doble, Salsa and Bachata in Latin.

Children have the opportunity to take exams assessed by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and take part in performances twice a year.

For more information or to book a trial class, please email [email protected] or call 07990 842796



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