Woking Festival of Dance 2019

Saturday 19th January to Saturday 2nd February 2019

2019 Festival Awards
WFod Awards 2019.pdf
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We are delighted to announce that our adjudicators for our Festival in January will be:

Jodie Clark, BA (Hons), FISTD, ARAD, Bird College Diploma (Dist), QTS


Jodie trained at Bird College where she won the Dancing Times Choreography Award and graduated with Distinction. Jodie enjoyed a diverse performing career across many genres including Musical Theatre, Cabaret and Contemporary Dance throughout the UK, Europe and World-wide on board luxury cruise liners.


Jodie is Director of Dance at The BRIT School where she teaches a range of techniques and writes, choreographs and directs performance work. She has a breadth of knowledge and experience including technical advancement, artistic development, performance projects and developing and nurturing industry links. With effective communication skills, Jodie has successfully initiated and led some exciting multi arts projects most recently working in Zimbabwe with Kings College London.


She also choreographs for various corporate events, pantomimes and local theatre projects. Jodie holds BA (Hons.) from Christchurch Canterbury University, QTS and Fellowship status with the ISTD. She was in the first cohort to benefit from The Dance UK Teacher mentoring programme and is an Adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals and All England Dance. Jodie was a key note speaker for the FA Talent ID Conference and is developing her practice with motivational climates researching the benefits of responsibility, environment and relationships to enhance training young performers.


(Jodie will be adjudicating for us from 21st to 25th January and 28th January to 1st February)

Dr. Nathan James PhD MA (Dist.)

Fellow and Examiner ISTD FIDTA ANATD MBBO Cert FE (QTLS)


Nathan trained in the Midlands in all Musical Theatre Disciplines along with gaining many of his early teaching qualifications. His first professional engagement was in ‘Cinderella’ with Brian Conley and Danny La Rue. Subsequent pantomimes have included ‘Snow White’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Cinderella’ all at the Birmingham Hippodrome.


For three years Nathan sailed the high seas for both Celebrity and Princess Cruise Lines performing in a variety of Productions aboard these impressive cruise liners. It also ignited his passion for travelling.  Upon returning to England and settling in London, Nathan has performed in a range of regional productions including ‘Copacabana’ and ‘Hello Dolly’ and various trade shows and TV commercials. He has toured the UK in the national tour of ‘Copacabana’ and also Europe in the Irish dance show ‘Spirit of the Dance’. He also completed a season at the renowned Chichester Festival Theatre. Nathan last appeared in the revival of the Broadway Musical ‘42nd Street’, albeit in German, in the city of Stuttgart.


For the last eight years, Nathan has concentrated on his first passion, teaching. Specialising in Jazz, Musical Theatre and Tap styles he has taught at many of the major vocational colleges in the UK, including Arts Educational School, Bodywork Dance Studios and Sylvia Young Theatre School. He is currently Co-Principal and Director of HE Programmes at the Urdang Academy, London. Nathan regularly visits the USA in order to further his knowledge in the tap and musical theatre genres and was invited to perform in a showcase of new work at the Leonard Nimoy Theatre in New York.  Nathan was awarded an MA in Professional Practice (Dance Education) with Distinction from Middlesex University and a PhD in Dance from the University of Roehampton.  Nathan is a British Federation and All England Adjudicator as well as a Modern and Tap examiner for the ISTD and lecturer for the tap faculty.


(Nathan will be adjudicating for us on 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th January and 2nd and 10th February)

Francena Reston RAD RTS AIDTA AISTD FSIPBE examiner

All England Dance and British and International Federation Dance adjudicator


Early training was received from the Hammond School Chester, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance with tuition from Andrew Hardy, Erroll Eddison and Angela Ellis, studying classical ballet, contemporary, national dance of the world, Classical Greek, tap, jazz and musical theatre.


Performances include working with Ken Dodd, The Bluebell Girls, Cilla Black, The Beatles, Tommy Cooper, The Clark Brothers, The Black Abbots, Morecambe and Wise Sandy Shaw and Billie Pearce.


Choreographic work includes West End production Annie, London City Ballet Carmen, choreographing for ITV television, European cabaret venues and cruise ship agencies, plus many British professional pantomimes. Past and present students have danced as soloists with ballet companies including Kirov Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Festival Ballet, National Ballet of China, Danish Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet and Festival Ballet with many more gaining television, radio and world-wide cabaret contracts.


(Francena will be adjudicating for us from 11th to 15th February)

Jill Baldock LIDTA, ARAD


Jill is an adjudicator for The British & International Federation of Festivals and the All England Dance Competition.


She trained at The Hylton Bromley School on Merseyside, where she gained several scholarships from the International Dance Teachers Association. She also trained at The Royal Academy of Dance and The Place (London's Contemporary School of Dance). During her training Jill entered The Sunshine Competitions (All England) and gained seven gold medals in the London finals.


Her first professional dancing job was with the famous “Top of The Pops” dance group “The Go-Jos”, working in TV, Film, Cabaret and the West End. Shows include “Kiss Me Kate”, “Carousel”, “The King and I”, “Oklahoma” and “Fiddler on the Roof”. Jill went on to become an international choreographer, director and producer of theatre and cabaret shows.


Jill returned to her love of teaching for the Italia Conti School, the Arts Council and running her own theatre school.


She then diverted her career into the music business, producing for EMI, Virgin, Carlton and recorded artistes such as Shirley Bassey, Ruthie Henshall, Bonnie Langford, Marti Webb, Toyah Wilcox and many more. During that time she also ran her own music publishing business.


Jill says “My entire family have been firm followers of the Festival world. My brother Chris (Director/choreographer/artistic director at Performers College etc), my sister Wendy (West End/Film performer), niece Lucy (an IDTA Miss Dance winner & ISTD teacher), niece Isabella (appeared in “Billy Elliot” and “Move It”), they have all enjoyed progressing through the Festival ranks!”


I am looking forward to adjudicating your fabulous festival!”


(Jill will be adjudicating for us on 16th February)