History of Clarke’s Dancing School

In 1958 Cecil and Eileen Clarke established a dance school in Belfast at our present location in Donegall

Street. In the early days we were mainly into the Ballroom dancing both socially and competitively and when it came to the early 60s we introduced the early stages of Latin American.

Both styles grew and grew over the coming years and when i came along in 1978 I brought the start of the disco line dance routines taken from the movie Saturday Night Fever. This trend continued for a number of years making way for Argentine Tango and then Salsa and today Hip-Hop/ street-dance.
In 2017 the present owner / director ALAN CLARKE received the British empire medal in the Queens birthday honours list for services to dance education in Northern Ireland.
We will continue to strive to bring the best in dance education to all in the years to come and look forward to seeing you at our classes.

 

 

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Alan Clarke B.E.M.

Alan Clarke B.E.M.

Director

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  • Fellow of the All Ireland Board of Ballroom Dancing
  • Honorary Member of the World Dance Council
  • International Adjudicator
Tasha Clarke

Tasha Clarke

Choreographer

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  • Backing dancer on Irish leg of JLS 4D tour for Starboy Nathan 2012
  • Backing dancer on Irish leg of JLS farewell tour for Hatty Keane 2013
  • Dancer / choreographer of Clarke’s Dance Studios Hip Hop Crew
  • Former All Ireland Juvenile Ballroom and Latin 2nd place 2003
  • Former Isle of Man Juvenile Ballroom and Latin Champion 2003 & Runner Up 2004
  • NICMAC (Northern Ireland Creative Movement & Aerobics Championships) Intermediate Team Champion 2009, 3rd Place 2010, 2nd Place 2011
  • NICMAC Intermediate Pairs Champion 2010
  • NICMAC Senior Pair Champion 2011
  • NICMAC Senior Team Champion 2011
  • NICMAC Senior Team 3rd 2013
  • Associate Member U.K.A Street Dance / Hip Hop
  • Fully Qualified Instructor for Street Fit!