World Dance Masters: The Ones We Owe Our Eternal Thanks

Started in 2013, the WDM Unsung Hero Award is an annual acknowledgement to one person who selflessly dedicates themselves to World Dance Masters and goes above and beyond the call of duty. Without these people World Dance Masters cannot function and our events would certainly not be the same. We send thanks to these people, and hope you will too.

2016 Unsung Hero - Sharon Kennedy

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Sharon Kennedy is a personal hero to Nicola and Sam and the whole World Dance Masters team. She is a silent one, but ever present, and most of you will have experienced Sharon at one of our events in the past.

One of the things we pride ourselves on is being affordable. We keep our costs as low as possible, and a lot of that is only possible because of people like Sharon.

Sharon is from Ireland and is one of the people who is constantly there for World Dance Masters, helping to keep everything orderly on the door of our events. It’s not an exciting job, but Sharon ALWAYS helps get people through the doors, checks wristbands, and keeps us safe. Without question. She never complains. She only ever wants to help. Even when we tell her to have a break, have a drink, go and sit somewhere for a while. No. She is our door warrior and has been for years.

Without people like Sharon, we’d need to hire more outside staff. And they wouldn’t be as friendly. People like Sharon keep World Dance Masters running. She is rightfully out Unsung Hero for 2016.

2015 Unsung Hero - Pauline Baycroft

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Pauline Baycroft is a well-known and respected staple of our community, but also at World Dance Masters. She really is the glue that holds everything in the social line room together.

Pauline has been accompanying Dave Baycroft to the event since we first started more than 5 years ago. She keeps Dave, one of the hardest working members of the WDM team, watered, fed, and pampered (:D) while he entertains the 300+ social line dancers every hour our doors are open!

Additionally, Pauline is regularly classed as the Event Mummy of our line dance instructor team, keeping them happy with tea, coffee, and snacks throughout the long teaching days.

Without Pauline, we are confident that we couldn’t run as smoothly as we currently do. For that reason, Pauline was the obvious choice for our Unsung Hero Award in 2015.

2014 Unsung Hero - Jacqui Fowler

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Jacqui Fowler is a pivotal member of the World Dance Masters team, especially when it comes to the running of the World Dance Masters Championship event. Jacqui works this weekend harder than us at times, and what she does is of paramount importance.

The Winter Gardens is a huge venue and it takes a lot of work to try and keep it as secure as possible for the duration, for the attendees and for us.

Jacqui makes sure that there is always first aid on hand it be needed. She makes sure that the many, many doors of the Winter Gardens are covered for the whole event so that we keep out people who might want to come in and steal things, and she runs around this venue for 3 days straight without stopping making sure that the volunteering is running smoothly and that we kept secure.

In 2014, our World Dance Masters Unsung Hero was given to Jacqui, because without her, we wouldn’t be able to run our biggest event of the year.

2013 Unsung Hero - Bruno Vastel

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Many of you may not have met Bruno Vastel directly, but indirectly he affects all of us. For the last several years Bruno has been an irreplaceable asset at the World Dance Masters Championship events. Bruno works behind the scenes, his main job being the man who turns the judges scores into the overall placements.

With so many incredible dancers competing each year at World Dance Masters the scoring is never easy. There are many ties throughout the divisions and Bruno is the man who breaks them. Not only that but Bruno scores the World Swing Masters competition at the same time.

Bruno is multi-talented, never complains, and his dedication makes the event run smoothly (after all, without the scores, we have no awards). Bruno works tirelessly before the event too, lending a helping hand to our Competition Director, Nicola Lafferty, whenever she needs it. Bruno was the WDM Unsung Hero 2013, and rightly so.