Meet the Principals - Bob, Virginia and Lee Verrico
Bob and Virginia Verrico met through a shared passion for ballroom dancing. As amateur dancers, they achieved success on the competitive dancing circuit both in the United Kingdom and in New Zealand over a period of several years. After turning professional, they wanted to introduce the joy of dancing to the local community as a recreational activity, and founded the Verrico School of Dance in 1986. They are well known for their choreography of fun mixer dances, and were recognised with an international award for their efforts in 2001. They have worked as instructors for many years with cruise lines P and O and Saga, and although they no longer take an active role in teaching the School's students, they run a weekly social dance at St John Ambulance Ballroom in Southport.
Prior to joining the Dance School in 1996, Lee had a successful career in London, and in 1987 she was a finalist in Cosmopolitan Magazine's Woman of Tomorrow Award. Lee has used her business background to further develop the School's activities and she is highly regarded in the local area for her tuition skills.
Bob, Virginia and Lee are qualified teachers and members of the Guild of Professional Teachers of Dancing, the United Kingdom Alliance of Teachers of Dancing, and the International Dance Teachers Association.
Meet the Teaching Team - Lee, Tony, Wayne and Jay
Today, Lee runs the School on a day to day basis, and she teaches the Ballroom, Latin and Line dancing classes at all levels from Beginner through to Advanced. She is partnered in the Ballroom classes by Tony Jolly, pictured second from Left. Tony achieved competitive success over a number of years on the amateur circuit in both Modern Sequence and Ballroom, and was a finalist in the British Open Championships, which is the largest Ballroom Dancing competition in the world. Lee's husband, Wayne Morris, pictured left, partners Lee in all the Latin American classes, and Jay Marsden, pictured right, also partners Lee from time to time.
Des and Margaret Blake
Des and Margaret have been members of the School for almost 20 years and teach the Popular Sequence classes.
We strive to teach dancing in a relaxed and friendly environment, whilst still maintaining the quality of tuition which is necessary to enable students to develop a new skill.
2016 was the 30th anniversary of our Dance School - see the photos of our wonderful Celebration Dance on 22nd October at the Prince of Wales Hotel in our Gallery.