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Meet The Team

Alison Slinger

  • Principal of The Crown Ballroom 
  • Ballroom & Latin American dance specialist
  • Stage & Screen Producer & Choreographer 
  • Creative Director & Choreographer: Dance Floor Heroes
  • Creative Director: Tia’s Crown Charity 
  • Director & Founder: Ballroom Reloaded 
  • Pride of Lancashire Award Winner

Frankie

Frankie is the Royal Funk Street Dance Teacher here at The Crown Ballroom, her speciality styles are Street and Commercial dancing. She also assists the ballroom by being an assistant teacher for other classes and helping with content creation and tech.


Frankie is currently a student teacher but has earned merit through winning inter-university dance competitions.


Frankie started dance in 2004 at the age of 9 when she started Ballroom classes with her teacher Ali, she then began her journey with Royal Funk when it was created in 2007. She quickly became the Dance Captain and maintained the role for many years until becoming a teaching assistant, she taught the Royal Funk Miniatures and assisted with the main group.


In 2014 she left Royal Funk and went to the University of York to study Film and Television Production. While studying, she joined the Street Dance competition team and competed throughout the three years in Loughborough, Durham, York and Lancaster against many other University dance teams. In her final year she choreographed their routine and won two competitions.


In 2018, Frankie took over the Royal Funk dance group and has been their coach since.

Loran

Loran’s love for dancing began at the age of 3 when she joined Reeders Dance School in Preston. Loran worked her way up to the top of the UKA dance association board taking exams in Latin American, Cheerleading and Street Dance. At the age of 13, Loran began Latin formation dancing where she travelled across the country, competing regularly. Coinciding with Formation, Loran also competed in Cheerleading where she achieved continuously 1st place in her age category from 2008-2011.


In 2012, Loran changed examination board and joined ISTD, where she furthered her dance examinations and performed across the Northwest. She starred in multiple Northwest tours of Strictly Come Dancing from 2012-2015. 2012-2014, Loran attained the Northeast Area Champion in Latin American and Ballroom, as well as achieving 1st place in the u18 BDC/ADFP Freestyle in 2013.


Loran progressed her dancing in 2013 and began training in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. She also found the love for acting and starred in the production of Annie, Jekyll and Hyde, and Into the Woods. Since graduating from Preston’s Dance Academy, Loran has done a season as a Bluecoat dancer at Pontins, performed live on the BBC for the Commonwealth Games Handover in 2018 and passed her ISTD Ballroom student teacher examinations.


Loran joined The Crown Ballroom team in 2018, as a student teacher, and started our Cheer Dance classes in February 2019. Loran continues to grow our Cheer Dance and is excited for whatever the future brings.

Liz

Liz is our Head of Sequence Dance here in the ballroom and has been part of the teaching team for since 2016.


Her love of dance started at a young age, joining the Brittle School of dancing in South Wales, where she progressed through both BATD and UKA exams in Modern ballroom, and in her teenage years completing the highest level of medals in Classical Old Tyme.


In 2009 Liz gained honours in her Associate teaching for Classical Sequence qualification with the BATD.


To add to her further teaching qualifications, she is recently completed studying for her final Associate ballroom qualification with the IDTA.


Currently she runs her own Sequence classes in the ballroom, teaches in our children’s academy and assists in our adult beginners’ sessions.


Her favourite motto is “Practise makes Perfect”!