The Stephanie Prior School of Dancing is a Recognised School with the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre and Tara Prior is a Recognised Teacher. Both have been awarded the Council’s certificate of good professional practice. Schools and Teachers awarded CDMT’s Recognised School or Recognised Teacher Award demonstrate to students, parents and guardians that they adhere to the standards demanded by the industry; standards designed to protect and safeguard young people whether dancing for leisure or with a view to a career in the profession.
N.A.T.D. National Association of Teachers of Dancing
Camilla Dallerup & Ian Waite demonstrating at an SPSD Medal Presentation evening
As part of Tesco's annual charity portfolio, 'Tesco Dotcom' held a 'Tesco Does Strictly' event in aid of CLIC Sargent, a charity for children with cancer. 11 employees of Tesco Dotcom UK were chosen from amongst 500 applicants to learn one dance.
After only 6 weeks of training, they were tasked with learning that dance to a very high standard. They would then have to take to the floor and dance to an audience of over 900 of their friends, relations and work colleagues and be judged on their performance.
Tara was approached by Tesco to teach one of those applicants. Her goal was to train Matt Willis in the Quickstep
"When I got the email confirming my place in 'Strictly' I was pretty chuffed! although the excitement quickly changed to fear when I realised what I had actually signed up to.
I just wanted to do myself and Tara proud on the night, as she had put so much effort into pulling the routine together for me.
I met Tara at one of her normal dance classes where I tagged along to watch. She was super friendly and we now get on like a house on fire. There's only one thing, she just has to stop winking at me every time we look at each other!
.........I'd like to think people enjoyed the dance on the night. We tried to put together a routine that everyone could enjoy".