About the Starlite School of Dance
Mark and Jayne Shutlar are the principals of the Starlite School of Dance. During their highly successful competitive career, they won the UK Ten-Dance Championships three times, retiring undefeated, as well as being regulars on the original Come Dancing, the forerunner to today’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Mark and Jayne met, through dancing, at the age of 15 and soon became dance partners. By the age of 18, they were British Amateur Youth Ballroom Champions and were representing England at the European Championships. By the age of 21, they were England’s number one representatives in ten-dance, reaching the World and European finals, and ranking in the top twelve amateur couples in the world in ballroom.
They were equally successful when they turned professional, with titles included three-time undefeated United Kingdom Ten-Dance Champions, UK Closed Ballroom Champions and British National Classic Showdance Champions. During their professional career, Mark and Jayne demonstrated and competed in countries including the Philippines, France, Russia, Denmark, Poland, Finland, Slovakia, Italy, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
In 2000, Mark and Jayne retired from competitive dancing to concentrate on their teaching. The Starlite School of Dance teachs ballroom and Latin-American dancing to both adults and children at all levels from beginner to professional, social to competitive. Starlite is also the top formation dance school in the south of England, having trained Latin formation teams to win the British title in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Mark has also trained the South of England Adult Formation Team, who won the British National Championships.
As well as teaching, Mark and Jayne are international adjudicators, lecturers and examiners – work which takes them all over the world.