Emma Millward – Head of Para Dance Sport.
Emma Millward is the Head of Para Dance Sport at Para Dance UK, and is responsible for the talent pathway as well as national and international competition within our Sport. Emma also leads the drive to make Inclusive dance accessible for all, authoring training and CPD programmes (such as the Inclusive Dance Training course) to fully understand and implement translation and adaption to ensure that #everyonecandance
Qualified in dance with the ISTD, Emma also holds a Master’s Degree in Dance Technique Pedagogy, where she specialised in Inclusive Dance and research into the motivations of teaching dance. Her final thesis titled ‘An exploration of the ways in which person-centred approaches to teaching inclusive dance may eliminate technical rationalism’ allowed her research to expand her Professional Practice and enhance the understanding of effective teaching practices in an inclusive setting.
Her work behind the scenes at Para Dance UK, as part of the Senior Management Team includes the development of training and dance products as well as Para Dance Sport competition.
Emma is passionate that everyone should be given the opportunity to discover the multiple benefits of dance and the impact that it can offer. With the diagnosis of a chronic medical condition, Emma’s empathy and understanding for the need for alternative dance accessibility increased and strengthened her determination.
She regularly speaks at national events for art, sport, community and disability, forming discussion boards along with delivering workshops to both professionals and participants.
Away from the office, Emma loves music and can be found performing as well as taking out her frustrations on the golf course! Emma is never far from ‘Yogi the Perfect Pug’ who is trained to assist with her disability.
Vera Randall-Noyce – Dance Sport Adviser
Vera started her career in dancing as an Amateur, dancing both Ballroom and Latin American, Vera’s teachers/coaches in Latin American were Walter Laird and Doris Lavelle, Her teachers/coaches in Ballroom were Guy Howard and Liz Romaine. Together with her partner they danced in many major championships throughout their career and were lucky enough to make many finals and win many Trophies. On turning Professional she studied and obtained membership into the IDTA, ISTD and UKA dance faculties, and also obtained her Adjudicating licences for both the BDC and WDF which allows Vera to Adjudicate. She has Adjudicated Major Championships in most countries all over the World. Vera, also, together with her then partner went on to teach and demonstrate both in this country and abroad. On retiring from demonstrating we then opened a very thriving school which went from strength to strength as did her teaching.
She is now a Teacher, Trainer and Coach to Amateur and Professional dancers who wish to teach and perfect their technique in both Ballroom and Latin American dancing, culminating in taking their exams for membership as an Associate, Licentiate or Fellowship to the IDTA. Vera is also school Principal, and still Adjudicates both in the UK and abroad.
One of Vera’s other interests is the Dancers’ Forget-Me-Not Fund, which is a registered Charity.
Dr Amal Hassan – UK Head Classifier
Dr Amal Hassan is a Sport & Exercise Medicine Registrar and Member of the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine. She has a specialist interest Dance Medicine and Science having trained classically herself, but moved on to competitive in Latin and Ballroom dance whilst at medical school.
Currently she is undertaking work in Public Health, whilst gaining experience at the Lawn Tennis Association with British Wheelchair Tennis and the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.
Outside of this she is a mum to a two-and-a-half-year-old boy, with another on the way, and is a passionate advocate of women’s health, particularly with regard to the barriers women face to engaging in physical activity whilst pregnant, and postpartum. She is the cofounder of the campaign Pelvic Floor Patrol and is working with women who wish to return to physical activity after having children.
Amal is very excited about joining the Para Dance UK team as Head Classifier, and hopes to see the sport continue to develop its profile at both grassroots and elite level, as well as within the Sports Medicine world.
Louise Sampson – UK Head Adjudicator
Louise is a Fellow of the ISTD and UKA and holds a BDC Adjudicator Licences for Competitions and Championships in three Genres. She is also a Para Dance UK Instructor and Assessor and has adjudicated at the UK Wheelchair National Championships.
Before turning professional at a very young age, Louise enjoyed performing and competing, securing top finalist placing on a number of occasions.
Louise is the principal of her own school, ‘Rhythm & Dance’ based in the South of England, specialising in Standard Ballroom, Latin American and Classical Sequence, offering both private and group tuition to a wide age range, workshops and dance holidays. The school offers opportunities to pupils within the school that have specific medical conditions and learning difficulties.In addition to her UK work, Louise is a free-lance teacher at the Euro Dance Centre in Germany and hosts professional residential study courses in France.
During her career, she has successfully trained new professionals across all three genres. She promotes a positive atmosphere and encourages pupils’ participation in medal examinations and competitions. Louise is proud to have trained ISTD Blackpool finalists and Open Ranked Mixed and Same Sex Competitors across different categories and genres.
In addition to teaching, Louise is a member of the ISTD Sequence Faculty. She enjoys organising dance events including Dance Holidays, Seasonal Balls, local competitions and more recently, assisted the Eurodance Centre Team in organising the German Medalist Festival.