About Abingdon Dance & Fitness Studio
The main wooden dance studio was originally a WW1 military building which was moved to its present site in1919 for use as a Boys Club. In WW2 the building was commandeered and used as a hospital and a base for the local Home Guard. After the war it became first a dance hall and then in 1948 converted to a dance school.
Pauline Selleck bought the school in 1965 and added the second, brick built studio in the mid 1970’s. Today, the business is owned and managed by her daughter, Liz Lee-Selleck.
Liz passed her Ballroom teachers exam in1974 and has since qualified in a wide range of other dance styles. She has been awarded four Fellowships by the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and is also on the Board of Examiners.
Today, Abingdon Dance and Fitness Studios offer classes and lessons in a wide range of dance and fitness disciplines from traditional to the most modern. Our experienced teachers are not only qualified in dance but also Aerobics, Personal Fitness, Zumba, Pilates, Yoga and more.
IDTA Fellow and Examiner
Liz has been dancing since the age of two and a half. She started studying Ballet, Tap and Musical Theatre with Miss Jackie Bebbington in Abingdon and Oxford and was in many show productions and displays before joining the family business.
Her parents took over Abingdon Dance Studios in 1965 and she started to learn Ballroom and Latin. She went on to enjoy success in exams and competing before taking her student teaching qualifications in 1973 and then full professional qualifications the following year.
Liz became a partner in the business with her mother Pauline and continued to study dance and gained more advanced qualifications in Ballroom, Latin, Freestyle, Classical sequence, Dance Exercise, Line Dance, Belly Dance, Rock ’n’ Roll, Musical Theatre, Street Dance, Argentine Tango and Club Latin.
She joined the International Dance Teachers Association Board of Examiners in 2001 and has lectured, judged and examined both in the UK and abroad. She also served on the South East Area Committee of the IDTA for a number of years.
Michelle has been dancing at Abingdon dance studios since she was 5 years old. Taking part in exams and many competitions achieving the top 12 in the country in national level rock 'n' roll Idta competition in Blackpool.
Michelle trained in her first teachers qualifications in 2004 in freestyle dance. On taking her licentiate freestyle she achieved the highest award for the IDTA in the country in that year. She has also just taking her fellowship freestyle exam.
Michelle is also qualified in Latin American and taking her ballroom qualifications as we speak. Michelle teaches many different classes at the dance studio and regularly takes dancers to area and national competitions. She also teaches adult fitness classes and many more.
IDTA Associate in Latin & Freestyle and Salsa Teaching Diploma
Kelly's profile and image will appear here very soon.
IDTA Associate in Latin & Freestyle, Argentine Tango Teaching Diploma
Mark has been dancing Ballroom and Latin American since the late 1970s, studying with the Newtowners Dance School in Crawley, West Sussex.
Since achieving success in amateur exams in the early 1980s, he has gone on to learn Modern Jive, Argentine Tango and a number of Club Style dances before starting professional studies.
Mark achieved full IDTA membership in 2012 and has since gained the IDTA Argentine Tango Teaching Diploma and Associate Freestyle qualifications. He is currently studying for the IDTA Ballroom Associate Degrees while maintaining an interest in other styles such as Flamenco and Modern Jive.
As well as teaching at Abingdon Dance and Fitness Studios, he runs his own dance school and designs and runs classes for other organisations such as the Cornerstone Art Centre in Didcot.
IDTA Associate in Freestyle
Kelly qualified in associate freestyle January 2010 and plans to take further qualifications in the near future.
Kelly currently teaches the children's freestyle and street classes on Saturdays, which includes the star dance 6 to 8's, beginners, intermediates, advanced and competition classes.
IDTA Associate in Freestyle
Commercial Street Dance is a variety of dance styles varying from Street Jazz to Hip-Hop to Waacking and Lyrical. The way I would describe Commercial dance is strong, sharp and sassy involving strutting, posing, body popping and hair flicking. There are times where I will also teach Contemporary/Lyrical dance depending on the classes opinion.
The classes are all about having fun, letting yourself go and widening your knowledge on dance. There is no age limit or certain ability that you need to join my class, everyone's welcome!So come and strut your stuff with me!