Director, Ballroom and Latin Instructor
A registered Ballroom and Latin Professional with:
ADA (Allied Dance Association)
ABD (Associated Board of Dance)
Para Dance UK
BDC (British Dance Council)
WDC (World Dance Council)
BDF & BDFI (Ballroom Dance Federation International)
BCDC (British Competitors Dance Co-operation)
Creator and Director of Celebrity JustDance Charity Event (formally known as Strictly MK), first of its kind in Milton Keynes. In the last 4 years Accursio has raisied over £169,000 for Willen Hospice, MacMillan Cancer Support, Keech Hospice and MKDons SET — the event grows every year: www.celebrityjustdance.me.uk
By the age of 15, Accursio was already competing internationally as a representative for England. In his Amateur career, Accursio was invited to compete with his dance partner all over the world, winning most of the major championships in the UK, many Championships abroad, and ranking 2nd in England in 10-dance Ballroom and Latin, all before turning Professional 8 years ago. Accursio was a finalist at San Francisco Open World Championships, German Open Championships, and ranked top 5 in UK Professional Ballroom at the UK Closed Championships for 6 consecutive years, to name a few.
Within the last 31 years, he has built a highly successful Ballroom and Latin career as an international figure; receiving invitations to lecture, teach and adjudicate Championships worldwide.
Since founding JustDance Academy Ltd in 2009, Accursio has committed to delivering a hands-on approach to the success of his students — especially now that the school has evolved and been renamed as Romeo Dance Academy Ltd, he is striving more than ever to unleash their potential at every opportunity – from teaching absolute beginners to coaching world-class top competitors to crafting choreography for stage productions.
Determined to make dancing accessible to all regardless of ability, Accursio has been a fully qualified Ballroom & Latin Wheelchair Dance Sport instructor since 2015. To this day, Romeo Dance Academy is still the only dance school within the 3 closest counties that offer Wheelchair Dance Sport classes.
Ballroom & Latin Instructor
Julie first put on her dancing shoes aged 5 years old and completed all her Latin-American & Ballroom Medal Tests at an early age.
Julie began competing at the highest level for her age group, and in 1988 won the International Juvenile Ballroom Championships at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
In 1992, with five 1st places at major events to her name, her footprints were felt by the famous wooden floorboards at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool; where Julie and her dance partner claimed their place as The British Open Junior Latin American Champions. From here Julie continued to compete at the highest level upon the global stage, taking first places on dance floors in Russia, France, China, South Africa, USA and many others.
Julie then took a break from dancing, to have a family with 3 beautiful children – the last of whom she carried with her through an IDTA Teaching Qualification, in which she was nominated for an IDTA Scholarship. In 2004 Julie returned to the dancing world as an IDTA qualified Dance Instructor, leading to her working as a Freelance Dance Instructor with local Dance Schools and Primary Schools.
Ballroom & Latin Instructor
Fiona took to the floor for the first time way back then, and spent all her spare time dancing in the ballroom even when she should have been studying!
After taking a break to get married and bring up her family, she returned to dancing and teaching. She has been teaching in Bedford for over 20 years, covering a range of skill levels with adults and children – beginners, social dancers, medallists and competitors. She can often be found at competitions supporting her current and former students, and getting a great satisfaction out of watching others succeed.
Maria McNeil Zakharova
Having been trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia, ex-professional Ballet dancer Maria brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in both teaching and performing Ballet. She has performed internationally in many Classical Ballet and Contemporary dance productions, including ” Swan Lake, “Sleeping beauty”, “Nutcracker”, “Chopiniana”, “Midsummer Night Dream” and “Romeo and Juliet” to name a few.
Since retiring from performing, she has worked as a professional dance teacher training dancers at vocational level, leading to their success in entering the performing world as professional Ballet dancers. Her passion is to share her skills, experience and knowledge in England within a professional establishment that also expect to achieve high results from their students – she brings an admirable work ethic which fits right into the Romeo Dance Academy team.