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Ray Rivers

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Born: March 7
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Current location: San Diego, CA
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Ray Rivers's dancing career has spanned over 60 years as an Amateur and Professional competitor, instructor, adjudicator and dance promoter. A protégé of Walter Laird, Ray was a recipient of the J. Sandy Award of Australia, a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Pursuit of Excellence in Ballroom Dancing.

Overview

Ray Rivers is a proud protégé of Walter Laird, the "Lord of Latin."

His gurus of the English Ballroom style (Standard) were the incomparable Brenda Winslade, Peter Eggleton, Alf Davies, Len Scrivener and Sunny Binick.

Ray's career highlights include becoming a World Latin Finalist, a World Ballroom Semi-Finalist, the Australian Professional Champion, 3-time Professional Champion of Champions in in 4 styles (Latin, Ballroom, and Exhibition Dancing (Theater Arts) & Australian New Vogue) and the Australian Amateur National Champion.

As a professional adjudicator, Ray has judged around the world for various competitions including the World Championships, World Cup, International Championships of London, United Kingdom Championships, United States Open, German Open Championships, Australian Open, South Pacific Championships, National Championships of Norway, Italy, Holland and Thailand as well as Grands Prix and International competitions in over 30 countries.

In addition, Ray has been a long time supporter and promoter of Ballroom Dance. He was the organizer of the 1988 Australian International Bicentennial Championships, Australia's largest ever event, a co-organizer of the 1972 World Championships, and a dance coordinator and organizer with Dance News U.K. in 1973 and 1974. He also did numerous individual dance promotions in Australia between 1964 and 1990.

Throughout his long career, Ray Rivers has trained hundreds of competitive dancers, including Australian and South Pacific Amateur and Professional Champions and World Representatives. He has coached finalist couples in many countries throughout the world in all four styles (Standard, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm).

Ray has received the title of "Coach of the Year" (USA Sammy Award) in 2000 and was a recipient of the J. Sandy Award (Australia), a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Pursuit of Excellence in Ballroom Dancing.

Accomplishments

Professional Adjudicator

  • World Championships (5 times)
  • World Cup (2 times)
  • International Championships of London (8 times)
  • United Kingdom Championships (7 times)
  • United States Open (4 times)
  • German Open (8 times)
  • Australian Open (16 times)
  • South Pacific Championships (15 times)
  • National Championships of Norway, Italy, Holland, and Thailand
  • Grands Prix and International competitions in over 30 countries

Promoter

  • 1988 Australian International Bicentennial Championships, Organizer
  • 1972 World Championships, Co-Organizer
  • Dance coordinator and organizer with Dance News U.K. (1973-1974)
  • Conducted various individual dance promotions in Australia from 1964-1990
  • Recipient of the J. Sandy Award (Australia), a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Pursuit of Excellence in Ballroom Dancing
  • Past President of Queensland Society of Dance (Australia)
  • Founding National Director of Australian Dancing Society

Coach & Trainer

  • Trained hundreds of competitive dancers, including Australian and South Pacific Amateur and Professional Champions and World Representatives
  • Coached finalist couples in many countries throughout the world in all four styles (Standard, Latin, Smooth, Rhythm)
  • Received the title of "Coach of the Year" (USA Sammy Award) in 2000

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