Stephen Hillier MBE
Stephen has been a member of the BDF since 1979, and has served on the committee since 1990.
Starting to dance at the age of 7, Stephen competed as a Juvenile, Junior, Youth and Amateur, before turning Professional in 1979. He was successful in winning the World Amateur Ballroom Championship in 1978, and also the British Open Amateur Ballroom Championship in 1978 and 1979. He then went on to win the British Open Professional Ballroom Championship in 1986,87, and 88, and the World Championship in the same years.
As an amateur, Stephen took a strong interest in the affairs of Ballroom Dancing and was elected onto the committee of the British Amateur Dancers Association in the early seventies.
He has initiated many changes to the world of Ballroom Dancing and contributed in many ways to the success of the BDF for 30 years.
In 2009 Stephen was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle. It was awarded for services to Ballroom Dancing, and in particular to his charity work in setting up the Dance Sport Foundation, which raised thousands of pounds to support young British dancers.
One of his proudest achievements is the formation and organisation of the BDF National Congress which was started in 2009, and is held at the British National Championships, in Blackpool every year. The congress is free of charge, and everyone attending the festival is invited to attend.
Stephen teaches with his wife Jennifer at JJ’s Dance Studios in Beckenham, and they will continue to work tirelessly to improve all aspects of British Ballroom Dancing.