Greg Gillespie – (ISTD Fellow)
Greg is the Founder of The London Academy of Dance. He has danced right from the beginning, starting at his parents dance school in Nottingham. He has since gone on to represent England and Scotland at International Dance Competitions and holds professional qualifications in dance instruction.
Born into a dancing family, Greg Gillespie started dancing at a young age at his parents dance school, The Gillespie School of Dance in Nottingham. Greg took his IDTA Bronze, Silver and Gold medals and then entered the competitive scene where he competed as a Juvenile, Junior, Youth and Amateur reaching several UK and UK open finals and being selected to represent England at the World Championships. He then left the dance world after being offered 1 of the 11 available places from the 6000 applicants at The Webber Douglas Academy Of Dramatic Art in South Kensington.
Greg trained at Webber Douglas for three years and worked in repertory theatre across the country including the UK premiere of a play at the Jermyn Street Theatre in Piccadilly, London.
Greg then took his teaching qualifications with the ISTD and decided to return to the dance world. As well as running The London Academy Of Dance, Greg competed as a professional competitor formerly representing England and then later representing Scotland at all major competitions.
During his competitive career, Greg's achievements include:
2012 British Champion, British national finalist, UK closed finalist, 2nd place UK Open 10 dance champions, 2nd place All England championships, 2 x winner of the English Open, French Open finalist and top 10 finish at the European championships.
Greg is also a member of the prestigious IDTA and ISTD. He has been asked to lecture for the ISTD in both Worthing and London for their annual teacher congress. Both organisations are considered to be the leading authorities in Ballroom and Latin American dancing.