Wendy Bates, from Burton, is a dance school principal and a National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) examiner. After attending Jean Blessington Dancing School in earlier life, the 55-year-old was gifted the school as a wedding present and has since renamed it Wendy Bates School of Dancing.

We took a break with Wendy to find out more about the dance school principal, examiner and choreographer.

Favourite film or TV series?

Grease. It’s the only film I’ve been to the cinema twice to watch.

Favourite takeaway?


Tell us one thing no-one knows about you?

Wasps – I absolutely hate them.

What’s your ultimate ambition in life?

To get everybody dancing.

Pet hates?

Bad manners. I hate bad manners!

What’s your favourite song?

Lady in Red by Chris De Burgh.

Marmite? Love it or hate it?

Hate it

What’s your worst habit?

According to my husband, it’s whispering.

What was your first car?

A Mini – it was orange.

If you could make a law, what would it be?

Not to swear.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?


Who would you invite to a dinner party - dead or alive?

Donny Osmond.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I’d build myself a brand new dancing school.