About Dance Options
The Dance Options studio was developed and opened in 1993 with the intention of creating a high level competitive atmosphere to train and enhance the elite dancers from around the world. Located in the heart of Cheam Village in South London, with good transport links, this area is a hub for dancers to progress their dancing.
With the introduction of "Strictly Come Dancing" in 2003, the demand for social dancing increased dramatically. Dance Options decided to open some beginner Ballroom and Latin classes to offer a local provision where people could learn to dance, these ‘Strictly’ classes now cater for three different levels of ability.
This proved so popular that further classes have been added which include Zumba and Fitsteps. This variety of classes isn't only providing a resource for people wanting to learn to dance, but has also appealed to the Dance fitness market as well.
Dance Options is at the vanguard of innovative styles of dance and fitness and is currently working with local communities and the dance industry to deliver first class dance tuition in this stimulating environment. Come and enjoy the dance experience…
About The Directors
Marion was originally from Australia and Kenny from Liverpool, England. Before their paths collided Marion started at the age of 9 having gained the highest honours in the Medal Test system in B'room, Latin and Australian New Vogue. This led her to greater success with her previous partner known as Greg Smith & Marion Alleyne. Their achievements included: Australasian New Vogue Amt Champions, Australian, South East Asian, South Pacific and Australasian Amt B'room and Latin Champions, United Kingdom and World Cup Amt 10 Dance Champions, 3rd in the Open British and World Amt Latin Championships, Open British and World Amt B'room Champions. This achievement was honoured with a Carl Allen Award presented by Princess Margaret. As Professionals they were Grand finalists in the Open British Latin Championship and 3rd in the World and Open British B'room Championships. Because of their unequalled success as Australian dancer's, they where included into the Australian Dancing Hall of Fame.
Kenny started his career from the tender age of 10 winning the International Juvenile B'room Championship and then went on to win the Junior United Kingdom, International and Open British B'room Championships with Cathy Owen. As an Amateur he became International, United Kingdom, 3 times Nth of England, British National Champions, World, European and Open British B'room Champions with Kathy Gilmartin. This achievement was also honoured with a Carl Allen Award presented by Royalty.
It was at this point Marion and Kenny's paths came together and tied the knot in matrimony. Together as Professionals, they quickly accredited themselves as runner up in the United Kingdom and European 10 Dance Championships and grand finalists of the World 10 Dance and British National Latin Championships. Grand Finalists for 8 years: United Kingdom, International, European, World and British Open B'room Championships. Later had the honour of being members of the undefeated "British Team" became World Cup B'room Champions and British National B'room Champions. Since retiring from competitive dancing they have been highly active initially with demonstrating, then coaching, lecturing and adjudicating to the World of Dance. Dance Options became a dream come true when they formed a partnership with their co-founders. The Studio can boast they are partially responsible for producing many of the world famous B'room and Latin champions of today. Kenny now holds office as a Director of the British Council, Chairman of the Coaches Commission for the World Dance Council, Honorary Chairman for the HKIAABDS (wheel chair organisation) and President of The Ballroom Dancers' Federation.