CHRISTINE REDFERN – PRINCIPAL
FELLOW & EX-EXAMINER, U.K.A, M.N.A.T.D, M.G.P.T.D., CHAMPIONSHIP ADJUDICATOR
Christine started Ballroom and Latin American dancing before the age of 5 and worked her way through the medal system dancing as man as well as lady.
Although she was a successful competitor at National level, by the time she was 19 Chris knew she wanted to be a teacher and in 1980 took the first of her many professional teaching qualifications. In 1981 she moved to Cornwall and started her own school in Falmouth. As an International and Championship adjudicator, Chris has judged as far afield as Australia and was an examiner for 10 years before resigning to concentrate her energy on her school.
Qualifications – Championship Adjudicator, Fellowship – Ballroom and Latin American; Member/Licentiate – Rock & Roll; Licentiate – Argentine Tango; Associate – Old Time; Ex-examiner – all branches.
Christine Redfern has been running The Gemini Dance studios since 1981, she has trained people from Beginners to Competitors and also trains other dance professionals.
She has choreographed many wedding dances and special event dances, as well as going in to schools and colleges to choreograph various dances for shows.
Christine started The Gemini Dance Studios in 1981 having moved to Cornwall from Manchester. She was born and raised in a dancing family – Christine’s parents were North of England Ballroom Champions in the 1950s and ran a very successful dance school in Manchester for over 30 years.
Christine had a successful dancing career as a competitor and medalist from the age of 5, until taking the first of her professional dance qualifications at the age of 20.
The Gemini Dance Studios has three other members of staff, all are professionally qualified.
All members of staff have been through the medal system before taking their professional dancing qualifications. Two, like Chris, were also amateur competitors.
For 25 years Christine taught dance classes for the Falmouth/Penryn adult education and for a few years she also taught dance classes for Camborne/Redruth adult education before deciding to concentrate fully on her own dance school.
Chris is also a very experienced Championship adjudicator having judged competitions all over the country and in 1992 was invited to judge at the Asian Pacific Dance Championships in Perth, Australia. She is a regular judge at the Torquay Dance Festival which is run in June every year.
In July 2012 Chris bought the old Lanner Bandroom on the main road in Lanner and has renovated it into a lovely dance studio with kitchen, waiting room and 2 toilets (one of which is wheelchair friendly).