A DANCE school owner has achieved one of the biggest honours in the industry.
Carol Hammond, who runs her own studio in Dalton Street, has been appointed as a director of the International Dance Teachers Association.
She told Dance Fever: “I am so pleased to have been voted on. I have worked towards this for a long time.”
Carol explained what the honour meant. “Instead of just being a dance school under the umbrella of the IDTA, I am involved in the running of the IDTA with head office.”
It is quite some honour for Carol, but not the first she has received.
She is a Fellow of the Ballroom, Latin American, Classical Sequence and Freestyle branches and was appointed as an examiner in 2001.
Speaking of her latest honour, she said: “I would like to work with grass roots dance schools in helping them. I am really pleased and I can not believe I have done it.”
Carol has been dancing for more than 45 years and is involved in ballroom, Latin American, classical and modern sequence dancing.
She formerly worked as a dance lecturer on cruise liners.
She has been teaching for more than 30 years and runs a successful studio, catering for children and adults in social and competitive dancing.
In another development, Carol has also revealed a new series of classes which are about to start at her Dalton Street studio.
Burlesque sessions will be held for adult women and Carol said: “It is gentle exercise and it is great fun.
“There are a lot of places up and down the country where burlesque classes have sold out and I thought I should do one in Hartlepool.”
“It is not only for young ladies. Women in their 50s and 60s can really enjoy it.”
The first course will start on September 9 and will last for six weeks. After that, further six-week courses will follow at regular intervals.
The course can cater for up to 50 people at a time and Carol said: “The classes will involve hip swings, shimmying and chair work.
“Ladies will be learning a lot of sensuous moves. It is a course for people who think this is something they have always wanted to do but did not dare.”