Judy knew from an early age that teaching was going to be her vocation. She followed the
orthodox route, training to be a Physical Education teacher and qualifying with a B.Ed.(Hons) in 1980.
By chance she was introduced to Circle Dancing in 1982 and from that moment on her life began to change.
In 1984 she resigned her teaching post and within the following year was teaching Circle Dance mainly in
special schools. One circle led to another and she has now been teaching Circle Dance full time since
She is known for her ability to take those who dance with her ‘beyond the steps’; to discover a deeper
understanding of the movement within the dance - of finding a new relationship with their body. She
says, “I believe that my real teaching can begin once everyone has learnt the steps”. Her teaching style
is to work with awareness and precision yet with a lightness of touch that comes through her sense of
and use of humour.
She teaches courses - many and various - in England and across Europe as well as further afield. She
also leads a biannual Teacher Training Course for people who want to go deeper into the art that is
Circle Dancing and to learn some of the tools to help make them better teachers.
Amidst her busy teaching schedule she also attends courses to continue her own development in the dance.
She has studied with many well respected teachers from abroad: Gabriele Wosien,
Friedel Kloke-Eibl, Hennie Konings, Vincent Parodi, Yves Moreau and is currently studying as much as is
possible with Nanni Kloke.
“I enjoyed dancing with you. Your enthusiasm, your humour, the way you explain dances, your body
language, your way of being. I find it splendid. The first time I danced with you in Brussels, I said to
Hilde, ‘that’s it’. I still hope to dance many times with you.”
Rika Vandevenne, Belgium. August 2010