Hereford Dance Teachers - Karen, Michael and David Smith
In 1990 well known Hereford dance teachers Karen and Michael Smith decided it was time give dancing in Herefordshire a new image, with the emphasis on enjoyment and value for money. With this in mind, Allseasons School of Dance (later to be known as Allseasons Dance and Leisure) was born. The official opening of this new dance school took place in Hereford in February 1991 at The National College for the Blind. Over 120 dancers were in attendance, and this was the start of fund raising for local charities which has continued ever since that first opening dance! For the first ten years Allseasons taught adults and children Ballroom, Latin American, Popular and Modern Sequence, and Freestyle. In these early years classes were held at St Barnabus and St Nicholas church halls.
Meanwhile, Karen and Michael’s son David was gaining merit in the dance industry in his own right, by entering Classical Old Time dance competitions from the age of eleven. During his eight years competing as an amateur he won a United Kingdom title and was one the top six dancers in the country!
By the late 1990s dancing was playing a huge part in the leisure industry and so it was decided to rebrand and Allseasons Dance and Leisure was born. With this decision came the decisionthat a permanent dance studio was required, so in 1998 Karen and Michael purchased what had previously been the British Legion's Hereford HQ in Friar Street. The building had sadly been left in a state of neglect and it took two years to fully renovate it, which included the demolition of the kitchen and toilet block which was rebuilt with reinforced foundations. Luckily however the parquet oak flooring was intact and only required sanding down and re-polishing to bring it back to its former glory. The official opening of the new Allseasons Dance and Leisure Studio took place on 31st December 1999 with a New Years Eve dance which lasted well into the early hours of the new millennium. Since then the studio has gone from strength to strength, and when anyone thinks about learning to dance they immediately think of Allseasons as the place to go.
In 2000 David decided it was time to qualify as a Professional Dance Teacher and follow in his parents' footsteps. Since then David has risen to the highest ranks of the dance industry and is now a Fellow and Examiner with UKA Dance,as well as a UKA Dance Executive Councillor representing working dance teachers around the country. He has even been invited along with other reps of the dancing and sporting world, to Royal functions in London hosted by HRH the Earl of Wessex. Karen and David teamed up 2005 / 2006 and decided to dance together in Sequence Dancing inventive competitions. This is where qualified dance teachers choreograph their own dances and submit them to a panel of judges in a competition format. Karen and David were the winners with two dances which they put together called ‘Inverary Tango’ in.2005 and ‘Silver Springs Foxtrot’ 2006. David has recently teamed up with his dance partner Danielle Wallis who together won at the Blackpool 2019 British Sequence Inventive Championships. He and Danielle choreographed their own dance which they Called the ‘Grand Floridian Gavotte’, named after David’s favourite Hotel in Disneyworld! So Allseasons now have their very own British Champion in David!
Karen Michael and David are all qualified as Fellows of UKA DANCE / Licentiates of IDTA / Members of Guild Professional Teachers of Dancing.
The Studio also features its very own unique Theatre Organ. The Mighty Allen Theatre III Deluxe was installed by the Allen Organ Company of London in February 2015 and it takes pride of place on the studio's stage. Its inauguration took place in July 2015 with a performance by world renowned theatre organist Len Rawle MBE. The organ features on special dance nights at the Studio.