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The BDC Teacher's Committee Hall of Fame

Honouring the work of 

Alex Warren OBE

Alex Warren had a background steeped in dance. He took over management of the family owned Warren Academy of Dancing, at the Albert Ballroom in Glasgow, from his parents during the 1920’s, introducing new dances such as the Charleston.


During his competitive career, Alex Warren successfully competed in Championships all over the United Kingdom, including the World Championships. As one of the most prestigious men in dance, he was subsequently appointed as Chairman of Judges and Compere at the world famous Blackpool Dance Festival. This position he held until the second world war. On returning to dance after the war, Alex Warren returned to the Blackpool Festival as a judge, never being afraid to express his opinion forcibly.


In 1934 Alex Warren wanted to have a dance society for Scotland and he therefore formed the Scottish Dance Teacher Alliance to run the dance business in Scotland.


Alex Warren’s great talents were recognized and he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing (now BDC) in 1963 and 1964, then Chairman of the OBBD from 1965 to 1973 inclusive. In 1973 Alex Warren was also awarded a prestigious Carl Alan Award.


In addition to his dancing career, Alex Warren was also a Justice of the Peace and was awarded the honour of the Freedom of the City of Glasgow.


Alex Warren is remembered as a man of integrity and honesty, coupled with having an intense knowledge of top class dance production and the ability to pass his enthusiasm on to the many dancers he taught. Alex Warren - a great Icon of dance.
Jack Reavely to be thanked and acknowledged for providing archive information on Alex Warren

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