Welcome to the Diamonds Family
Here at Diamonds we strive to be the best. having the knowledge and skill to train champions over the past 50 years, as well as helping dancers of all ages and all abilities to achieve their best results.
We don't only teach the dance steps, we train our dancers to express themselves through the creative art of movement, whilst having fun and enjoying the social aspect of our school.
TRAINING CHAMPIONS AND ENCOURAGING DANCERS TO BE THE BEST
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OUR SCHOOL PRINCIPLES
Colin and Jacqui Donaldson
Colin Donaldson started dancing at eleven years of age when he used to accompany his parents to the local village hall for their weekly sequence dance club nights.
As a young man Colin competed on a regular basis across the UK, then after a two year break for National service he qualified with the IDTA and opened the Colin Donaldson School of Dancing in July 1967.
Jacqui Donaldson began her dance education at 5 years of age when she joined the classes run by Colin's mother, Winifred, in Woking Surrey. Jacqui competed at the highest level in the sequence branch, and was many times a British champion.
Together Colin and Jacqui ran the Hampshire dance school in Farnborough, and then together they took on ownership of the Diamond Dancentre, creating the well established studio we have today.
Now celebrating 50 years of dance school history they are naturally very proud of their achievements in the world of dance.
"We believe that the success of our dance school lies with the family atmosphere created between the principles, our team of staff, teachers and our dancers. We are ever grateful for the support and passion from everyone at Diamonds."
Colin works tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure the school continues to thrive and Jacqui can always be found at the studio where her expertise is second to none, driving excellence from teachers and students alike. Both are directors of the Supadance National league and play a full role in the planning and organisation of Nationwide events.
Colin and Jacqui are both fully qualified and appointed examiners of the IDTA. They have travelled the world together, and continue to do so - lecturing, and examining in far flung places including China, Korea, Europe, Russia, Iceland, and the Middle East.
Jacqui was awarded the prestigious Carl Allen statuette in recognition of her work in developing the IDTA freestyle dance awards.
Colin was elected was elected to the Board of Directors of the IDTA in 2002, and served as President during 2008-2009.
Cara has been dancing since the day she was born. With both parents as dance professionals and spending the majority of her time at the dance school, she naturally had dancing in her blood. When Cara was 2 years old she took her first steps on the dance floor and took her first rosette examination. Going on to complete all of her Latin American and Ballroom dance medals, Cara went onto to dance at Championship level all over the world.
Cara danced until she turned 18 and after making numerous National and International finals she decided she would rather further her career as a teacher as opposed to a competitor.
It didn't take long for Cara to realise that teaching dance wasn't just about the technique, it was about nurturing and looking after people, inspiring them to step outside their comfort zone and believe they can achieve whatever they put their mind too.
Alongside Cara’s dance teaching she also found a love of fitness. Combining the two became easy when the Zumba qualification was introduced and immediately she was certified and teaching and has sold out classes for the past 7 years. She also took her fitness instructor qualification and soon after became a circuit instructor.
In 2016 Cara decided to enter the London Marathon, what she didn't realise was the magnitude of the journey she was about to go on not just physically but mentally. From the first 40 minute run to the final 22 mile practise run it became a life changing journey. Cara was always driven but she now understands that she never really knew what actual hard work was. It challenged her physically and emotionally and she realised that she should be using this within her dance teaching to encourage her pupils to believe they can achieve anything they set their minds to.
Cara is Qualified with the IDTA and has endless amounts of knowledge of dance, fitness and mind training.
Kerri-Anne began her dance career at the tender age of three, when she was placed first in the Rosette category at the Nationwide finals in Blackpool .
From that time on Kerri-Anne enjoyed a very successful competitive life on the UK and Worlds open dance circuit. With various partners she rose to the top of the Juvenile, Junior, and Amateur Ballroom and Latin champions league, winning almost every major UK and world event numerous times.
Highlights of Kerri-Anne's career include her first ever International title at the age of nine years old, going on to be placed first in the Junior open British Championships when she was fifteen years old, and finishing her competitive career with being chosen as a member of the British team with partner Alejandro Hernandez.
After 25 years of competing Kerri decided it was time to challenge herself in a new venture and alongside her troupe ‘Kings and Queens’ made the semi finals of the 2013 ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ During this time Kerri went on to work in Paris for several years as the Assistant Choreographer for the number one show “Danse Avec Les Stars” and has regularly worked in London as an assistant choreographer for our very own British show “Strictly Come Dancing” .
Most recently Kerri-Anne performed alongside Neil and Katya jones in their second instalment of the hugely successful dance show “SOMNIUM” at Sadler’s wells. From there she travelled to Ireland to dance as a professional dancer on the Irish show “Dancing with the stars”, working with the professionals as well as performing in group numbers and working on the show's choreography.