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All of our dance teacher’s are fully qualified with the British Dance Council recognised dance teachers association, the International Dance Teachers Association (I.D.T.A.)  The purpose of taking dance teacher’s qualifications is to ensure you or your children are being trained safely and correctly.  All staff are CRB checked.

We guarantee that all classes will be taught by a fully qualified dance teacher

Gary and Sue Richardson

Principals of Richardson’s Dance Studio’s

Gary and Sue have danced and taught extensively in Europe and the U.S.A. and have now returned to their ‘roots’.  Gary teaches primarily at the Birtley, Darlington & Thornaby Studio’s, whilst Sue teaches at the Bishop Auckland Studio.

Gary Richardson - Richardsons Dance Studio - County Durham

Gary Richardson – F.I.D.T.A.

Un-defeated World Amateur Ten Dance Champion
Zumba® – level 1 instructor

Sue Richardson - Richardsons Dance Studio - County Durham

Sue Richardson – F.I.D.T.A.

Dance Exercise Dip.
AQA/NSAP Educational Professionals Award

Marion Petch - Richardsons Dance Studio - County Durham Marion Petch – A.I.D.T.A.

Marion has many years of dance experience, originally training at the Doris Spence School of Dance in Spennymoor.  Marion now teaches at the Studio in Bishop Auckland, Birtley and Thornaby, specialising in the Ballroom and Latin American dance styles.
Marion has recently completed her training for Zumba® – level 1, fitness instructor.

Claire Ellwood - Richardsons Dance Studio - County Durham

Clare Ellwood – Student/Pre Associate

Clare Ellwood successfully completed her Student Ballroom Exam with the I.D.T.A. and is now studying for her Associate Ballroom at the Studio in Bishop Auckland. 

Brian Ellwood - Richardsons Dance Studio - County Durham

Brian Ellwood – Studio Photographer

Brian Ellwood of Barrett & Coe photographers in Bishop Auckland has had a long association with the studio as the official photographer at all our events. Brian can be contacted via his studio at or by phone at 01388 602753. All images used on the site were taken by Brian.