At the heart of the Dance Proms is an emphasis on well-taught dance skills, ‘practice makes perfect’, and exceptional performance. To oversee the artistic credentials of the show each of the dance teaching organisations has nominated a key member of their team – each with a prestigious history in dance; reflecting the quality and inspiration Dance Proms promotes.
The Dance Proms’ Artistic Team:
PAULA HUNT ARAD RAD T Dip MNMZ
Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Dance
Paula is a dance educator, tutor and examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance. After completing RAD examinations, she attained the Solo Seal and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Arts Council Bursary to further her training.
As chair of the RAD’s international panel of over 200 examiners, Paula is responsible for the development of examination content, standards and marking systems, as well as the training of new examiners.
As Head of Syllabus Development, Paula has been involved in the creation of the new Pre-Primary in Dance to Solo Seal syllabi. She has contributed on many levels including choreography, trialling, production of DVDs and launches of syllabus content.
Paula has directed the Paula Hunt Dance Studio in Wellington, New Zealand, across the last 40 years. Many students from the studio have danced in companies throughout the world. She has taught on many international summer schools, teachers’ workshops and has also created a number of courses for the RAD.
Most recently Paula was appointed to the New Zealand Order of Merit, by Her Majesty The Queen, for her services to dance.
Chair, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
Sue Passmore is currently the Chairman of the ISTD, and also serves on the Board for StopGap Dance. She is an Examiner on the DADA scheme validated by Trinity College, an External Examiner for IAB in Barcelona, an assessor for the CDET and a professional Consultant for the Arts.
As Artistic Director of Bush Davies Ballet School she worked for seventeen years beside Joyce Percy and Daphne Peterson whose guidance formed the benchmark she has followed throughout her career in Dance Education and Training for all ages groups.
For 17 years Sue was Artistic Director of Bird College and then as CEO she introduced the BA Hons Degree in Theatre Performance, validated by Greenwich University. In 2008 she created and delivered a Foundation Degree in Performing Arts for the University of Gloucestershire which was developed into a BA Hons Degree in 2010. This new degree featured a creative Intergrated Dance module with StopGap Dance and the Star College for disabilities.
For the past decade she has focused on inclusivity in dance training and performance introduced to ISTD Student Teachers at a new ‘Springboard Event’ in London.