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Lorna Lee

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Faculty Chair

Lorna's mother sent her to ballet and tap classes at the age of 4 years old. She spent 10 years training in the stage Faculties, during which time she made appearances in numerous shows, cabarets and pantomimes.

Through those juvenile years her dreams were to become a stage dance teacher and own her own dance school.

She began Ballroom dancing at the age of 13 and when she left school became a student teacher for the Court Schools of Dancing, where she met her husband and partner, Michael Stylianos.

Together they enjoyed a fruitful competitive career. In the short span of 11 years, and never dancing as amateurs, they won and successfully defended many professional Latin American championships including 7 times International Champion, triple United Kingdom and Open British Professional Champions.

At the end of their competitive years they received a Carl Alan Award from HRH Princess Anne for the most outstanding partnership. In 1986 they were the first and only Latin American dancers to appear in cabaret at the Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

Since retiring from competitions in 1975, Lorna became joint owner of a dance studio in South London and has been involved with the coaching of many World, European and National Champions.

Lorna holds Fellowship qualifications. She is internationally well known and travels the world teaching, lecturing and as an adjudicator.  Lorna was elected onto the Latin American Faculty of the ISTD in 1997. She is now Chairman of that Faculty and was heavily involved with the re-writing of the Latin American technique.

She is co-organiser of the Imperial Ballroom and Latin American Championships, the Universal Open, the UK 10 Dance Championships and the All England Latin American Championships, and still finds time to spend with her two daughters and grand children.