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USISTD at the Championship Dance Camp
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In Memoriam: Frank Regan
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Dec 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM , Last Updated ( Apr 08, 2014 at 07:08 AM )

 

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Sadly, we mourn the passing of one of the "legends" of the Ballroom Dancing World, and one of the Imperial Society's most highly esteemed members.  The Memorial Service was Sunday April 6th.

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Frank Regan served the Imperial Society since the early nineteen sixties as an innovator and crusader both for the competitive dance scene and the promotion of dance education in the United States and Canada.


 

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Early Years


As a graduate of the Alex Moore School in London, he was fortunate to be trained by the legendary Guy Howard (actual writer of the Revised Technique).   His dance partner for his Associate exam was Elizabeth Romaine.  His partner for the Licentiate exam was none other than Bobbie Irvine MBE.


 


Frank’s enthusiasm for showing his exceptional knowledge led him to initiate a training program for professionals in the Philadelphia area starting during the early sixties and continuing for a number of years. Some of his professional students have been such notables as Sam Sodano, Bill Davies, Meryam Pearson, Pierette Chartier, Fran Rogers and many teachers in Canada as well as the United States.


 


He was instrumental in launching the competition scene on the east coast. Some may remember the Philadelphia Dance Festival at the Bellvue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia where such famous names as Peter Eggleton and Brenda Winslade, Bill and Bobbie Irvine MBE, Laird and Lorraine etc were the featured demonstrators.   He organized the Atlantic City Dance Festival, a successful competition at the beautiful Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. Alex Moore was one of the judges and Dennis Udell et Joyce Brampton were the featured demonstrators. Frank generously donated this competition to the “Imperial” and this was the first of the many outstanding competitions held in Atlantic City.  He continued to co-organize and promote competitions with the USISTD until the end of the sixties. His crowning glory as a competition organizer occurred in 1973 when he organized the first World Championship in America at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Thirty-three countries participated. The event was sponsored by AMI.


 


During the seventies he was instrumental in promoting the International Style in Canada and trained many of the teachers in the Federation de Loisirs Danse du Quebec.  He shared his expertise as a competition organizer in Quebec and helped build an incredible dance scene in the Province.


 


Frank organized his last dance competition in 1977 at the Olympic Velodome in Montreal; the World Ten Dance—15 countries participated with an attendance of six thousand spectators in one night.


 


In 1979 he left the world of ballroom dancing for ten years earning his living as a director and choreographer for theater and television. He returned to the ballroom world in 1989 and in 1990 moved to Washington, D.C. where he started the American Dance Montage Ballroom Theatre Company. His most renowned work was a two-hour theater show which depicted the history and evolution of ballroom dancing in America and its relationship to Hollywood and Broadway.  The company performed to critical acclaim in such places as El Salvador, Hong Kong, Canada and various venues in the U.S. Frank received a special commendation for his artistry from the United States Department of Cultural Affairs.  It is worth noting that all the members of his company were members of the USISTD.


 


Frank resided in Washington D.C. for 20 years and worked frequently in Florida where he served as the official Period and Stylistic choreographer for the world famous Miami City Ballet. He choreographed major ballets for the company for the past nine years and was accorded the singular honor of having the title of “MAESTRO” bestowed upon him on February 6th, 2010 by Miami City Ballet for his outstanding artistry.


 


He produced many educational films and DVDs for the Society.


 


If you had walked into one of Frank’s Ballet, Jazz or Flamenco classes you would have been impressed by the skill and artistry of a true master.  But you would have been even more impressed to see Frank dance a basic Mambo or Rumba. With all his accomplishments Frank enjoyed most of all the process of dancing and teaching the basics of ballroom.


 


Frank Regan was a fellow in all branches of the Society.  He was the Dean of the educational faculty for the Theatre Arts branch of the USISTD and a former multi-national champion.


 


 


 


 


Scottish Parade

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Alex Award: Frank Regan seen being driven through the streets of Alexandria, Virginia in the 1947 MG of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip The Duke of Edinburgh. Frank was honored by the famed Alexandria Arts Council for his achievements as one of the most eclectic choreographers in America.

 

 

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September 3, 2012, Labor Day, DC area dancers turned out in force to honor Mr. Frank Regan with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by The USISTD.  It was a rare opportunity for dance professionals to come together to honor Frank's lifetime of dedication and contribution to the USISTD and to the dance world in general.

 

His friends and colleagues will miss him profoundly.

 

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Peter Billett Lifetime Achievement Award
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Nov 18, 2013 at 11:16 AM

At the 2013 New Jersey State Open, Peter Billett was acknowledged for his achievements, hard work, and devotion to the USISTD.

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Peter Billett

Peter Billett

 

 

Tonight the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing honors one of its most distinguished members, Peter Billett.

 

Peter has achieved the highest levels in every area of ballroom dance. He has placed as a U. K. 10 Dance Finalist and been a United States Ballroom Championship Finalist. He won the Imperial Society Trophy in London and been invited as a guest lecturer at the Imperial Congress in Worthing.

 

He has also choreographed for Rita Moreno and performed with conductor Erich Kunzel.

 

Within the USISTD few have attained the same level of credentials. He is a quintuple Fellow, meaning Peter is a Fellow of the Ballroom, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm, and Theater Arts branches of the Society. Peter has spent his career putting that significant knowledge and experience towards teaching dance. For thirty-four years Peter has been an Adjunct Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. For 25 years Peter owned and operated the Billett Ballroom Center, also in Rochester.

 

He has served the USISTD as an Examiner for 35 years and held the post of President of the Society's National Committee.

 

It is for his years of service, his many accomplishments, and dedication to the highest standards in dance education that the National Committee of the USISTD would like to present him with this lifetime achievement award.

 

 

Top Organizers and Trainers of 2012
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Feb 28, 2013 at 06:59 AM , Last Updated ( Apr 01, 2013 at 07:10 AM )

Thank you very much to the Top Organizers and Trainers of 2012, and to all of our Organizers and Trainers,

for making 2012 a successful year.

Congratulations to the Top Organizers of Medal Tests in 2012:

Sandra Fortuna Universal DanceSport Center, NJ 1st 116 dances 2nd 56 medal tests
Sherry Novak Independent, CA                              2nd 106 dances 4th 39 medal tests
Kirill Gorjatsev/Daria Zotova Dance Factory, VA    3rd 93 dances 1st 65 medal tests
Chris Thompson Elegant Dancing, VA                   4th 76 dances 3rd 52 medal tests
Mandy Ball Independent, FL                                  5th 61 dances 6th 33 medal tests
Yolanda Vargas Infinity Dance Sport Center, CA   6th 58 dances 5th 34 medal tests

Congratulations to the Top Trainers of successful professional exam candidates in 2012:

Marci Edgington, UT 1st 9 candidates
Mandy Ball, FL 2nd 8 candidates
Phillip Stephens, TX 3rd 6 candidates
Lori Gay, NJ 4th 5 candidates
Daphne Cunliffe, NJ 5th 4 candidates
Esther Don, FL 5th 4 candidates

The Top Trainers for a given year are determined by totaling the Trainers listed after question #5 on the candidate’s Professional Examination form: “It is strongly recommended by the Society that you have been trained by a qualified trainer, and that they agree you are ready for this examination. By whom were you trained for this examination?” As a Trainer, please encourage your candidates to fill out this question fully. If your name is not listed, there is no record.

 


Mandy Ball
Examinations Director
407-902-9995

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