Kenny Welsh

BDF President

The Ballroom Dancers Federation Chairman from 2001 – Present.


Born in Liverpool. Started competitive dancing with mentor Eric Lashbrook at the age of 10 years old with Cathy Owen, winning the International Juvenile Ballroom Championship after only competing for nine months. Then went on to win the Junior United Kingdom, International and Open British Ballroom Championships.

As an Amateur dancing with Kathy Gilmartin became three times North of England champions undefeated, three times British National Champions undefeated, International, United Kingdom, World, European and Open British Ballroom Champions. This achievement was also honoured with a Carl-Alan Award presented by Princess Margaret.

As a professional now dancing with my wife Marion (Alleyne) Welsh. Rapidly accrediting ourselves as runner up in the United Kingdom 10 Dance championships, runner up in the European 10 Dance Championships and grand finalists of the World 10 Dance Championships. Making the grand final of the British National Latin American Championships. Grand Finalists for eight years: United Kingdom, International, European, World and British Open Ballroom Championships. Later had the honour of being members of the undefeated “British Team” became World Cup Professional Ballroom Champions and British National Professional Ballroom Champions. Since retiring from competitive dancing we had become highly active initially with demonstrating, then coaching, lecturing and adjudicating to the World of Dance.

In 1993 with my partners became a co-founder and director of Dance Options Cheam. The Studio can boast being partially responsible for producing many of the world famous Ballroom and Latin champions of today. I have the privilege of being an overseas assessor for the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA). I now hold office as a Director of the British Council, and former Chairman of the Coaches Commission for the World Dance Council (now defunct, replaced by BASE), Honorary Chairman for the HKIAABDS (wheel chair organisation) and in 2021 will have been Chairman and President of The Ballroom Dancers’ Federation for 20 years.

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