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Stephen Hillier MBE

Stephen and Jennifer Hillier

Stephen started dancing at the age of 7, in a local dancing school in North London. After a successful career as a Junior and Amateur, he went on to win all of the major Championships, including the World Amateur Ballroom Championship in 1978, and the British Amateur Ballroom Championship in 1978 and 1979. He received his first Carl Alan Award in 1978 as an amateur and 32 years later picked up his second - the Competitive Coach Award at the 2010 Carl Alan Awards. In 2010, he was also extremely proud to be awarded the Imperial Highness Prince Mikasa Award for Lifetime Achievement in Ballroom Dancing, presented to him by Princess Akiko of Japan.

During his professional competitive career he won all the major Ballroom Championships, including 5 International, 4 United Kingdom, 3 European, 3 British and 3 World Professional Ballroom titles.

Stephen retired from competitive dancing in 1989 and has since travelled all over the world training all levels of dancers from beginners to world champions. He is an eminent lecturer and adjudicator.

With his wife Jennifer, he has produced many videos on Ballroom Dancing, which have been extremely popular with all grades of dancers. He has written a book on the technique and fundamentals of ballroom dancing, and often writes important articles for the dancing press. Stephen is also a Fellow of the ISTD in Ballroom and a Fellow of the IDTA in Ballroom and Latin American.

He was elected on to the executive committee of the BDF (Ballroom Dancers' Federation) in 1993, and has since had a major influence on the development and control of competitive Ballroom Dancing. He was awarded the MBE for services to Ballroom Dancing in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2009.

Stephen and Jennifer teach, lecture and adjudicate all over the world together. They are based in London, at the JJ Dance Studio in Beckenham.

When he has the time, Stephen loves to play golf with Jennifer, and on a good day has a 12 handicap. Jennifer has played to 21. Stephen's other passion is for their house and garden at his home in Surrey, England.