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Andy Stambridge is a former dancer and used to run a studio called Andy Stambridge School of Dance.

He started to dance at the age of 5 and found that he was amazing at it, so joined the best studio in the world at the time The Dance Team based in Ottawa, Canada.

At the age of 10 he became the youngest dancer to win the Mr Intermediate Canadian Dance Championships by 2 years. At the age of 15 he became the youngest dancer to win the Mr Junior Dance Championships by 10 months. At the age of 18 he became the youngest dancer to win the Mr Senior Dance Championships by 4 years.

By the time he was 25, Andy was not able to do everything that he once had to due to an injury that made his joints less flexible then it once was. So Andy announced that he would be forming his own team to rival his titles and hopefully make them impossible to beat.

By the end of the year, he created the Andy Stambridge School of Dance in Port Perry, the town were he got his first award for dance.

The studio was a success and made it through 33 years of taking in students and making them the best dancers they could, but when an accident happened at a competition the team was a apart of, Andy was held accountable for the whole thing. This was not good because he was having some money troubles due to him using all the money he sustained during the competitions. Andy, in court, was fined nearly $500,000 Canadian Dollars. This was not good because enrolment at the studio was declining really rapidly

Biography

Early years.

Andy started to dance at the age of 5 and entered his first Toronto-based competition at the age of 7 and won the Mr Intermediate Toronto Championships with his solo.

At the age of 10 he was becoming really well know around the dance community and was given the chance to perform for studios all around the world, but chose to stay at the studio he started at and that would be the best decision. At the Canadian Dance Championships, his studio was the favourite to win and get the Mr Intermediate Canadian Dance Championships Title which was exactly what happened,

This was then the turning point of his career and he went onto win the most titles in a dancers career by winning 18 awards in a 20 year span, with 2 years of that being on casts due to the amount of dancing his was doing.

Retirement from dance competitions

Andy decided to stop dancing in competitions by the age of 25, in 1957. He made the announcement during The Dance Championship: World Senior and also announced that by years end (The Competition being in August) that he would have a studio up and running to work towards creating dancers to be able to have a career like his.

The Andy Stambridge School of Dance.

So during December 1957, the Andy Stambridge School of Dance was opened. The studios 2 teams were filled within 2 weeks of the studio opening and they went straight to the big competitions.

With all the extra money, Andy decided to expand and create different venue all around different places in the country.

The studio ended up doing really well and one year took home all the different achievements a highly competitive studio can do.

This really boosted Andy's confidence and during the 1989/1990 (December- December) dance season, Andy wanted to try for a repeat on the string of achievements. So he really pushed his dancers to their limit and ended up the reason behind two dancers injuries during The Dance Championship: Canada Juniors semi finals routine. The two dancers filed a law suit against Andy and they won.

The money ended up taking all the rest of the money that Andy had collected over the years from his own competitions and the competitions the studio had won. It also caused the enrolment to decline rapidly. By the start of the new dance season, only 1 team was fully complete.

Achievements

This table is for the first time Andy won the award

Name of achievement Year Achieved Competition it was won at Age received award Broke record?
Mr Intermediate World Championship Winner 1942 The Dance Championship: Worlds Intermediate 10 By 2 years in 5 years
Mr Intermediate North America Championship Winner 1942 The Dance Championship: North America Intermediate 11 By 5 months
Mr Intermediate Canada Championship Winner 1943 The Dance Championship: Canada Intermediate 11 By 3 years
Mr Intermediate Ottawa Championship Winner 1945 The Dance Championship: Ottawa Intermediate 13
Mr Junior World Championship Winner 1947 The Dance Championship: Worlds Junior 15 By 10 months in 1 year
Mr Junior North America Championship Winner 1947 The Dance Championship: North America Junior 15
Mr Junior Canada Championship Winner 1948 The Dance Championship: Canada Junior 16
Mr Junior Ottawa Championship Winner 1948 The Dance Championship: Ottawa Junior 17
Mr Senior World Championship Winner 1950 The Dance Championship: World Senior 18 By 4 years in 3 years

Competition list

  • 1942 (Age 10)
    • Intermediate Ottawa (February) Lost out by 2 points
    • Intermediate Canada (April) Lost out by 3 points
    • Intermediate North American (June) Only just won by half a point
    • Intermediate World (August) Only just won by 1 point
  • 1943 (Age 11) Intermediate
    • Ottawa (April)Lost out by half a point
    • Canada (June) Won by 3 points
    • North America (August)
    • World (October)
  • 1944 (Age 12) Intermediate
    • Ottawa
    • Canada
    • North America
    • World
  • 1945 (Age 13) Intermediate
    • Ottawa (February)
    • Canada (April)
    • North America (May)
    • World (August)
  • 1946 (Age 14) Intermediate
    • Ottawa
    • Canada
    • North America
    • World
  • 1947 (Age 15) Junior
    • Junior Ottawa (April)
    • Junior Canada (June)
    • Junior North America (August)
    • Junior World (October)
  • 1948
    • Junior Ottawa (April)
    • Junior Canada (June)
    • Junior North America (August)
    • Junior World (October)
  • 1949
    • Junior Ottawa (April)
    • Junior Canada (June)
    • Junior North America (August)
    • Junior World (October)
  • 1959
    • Junior Ottawa (April)
    • Junior Canada (June)
    • Junior North America (August)
    • Junior World (October)
  • 1950
    • Senior Ottawa (April)
    • Senior Canada'(June)
    • Senior North America (August)
    • Senior World (October)
  • 1951
    • Senior Ottawa (April)
    • Senior Canada (June)
    • Senior North America (August)
    • Senior World (October)

Trivia

  • When he did the dance competitions for the first time, he most likely did not always win, but on the next years competition, he did win the award.
  • Andy did not really want to be a dancer when he started, but he was made to carry on because of his talent.
  • Andy became really poor because of the fine and lawsuit put against him because of Ella's injury.
  • When Andy lost a title, he did not get into trouble for it, he was encouraged to do the things that would allow him to win