Ray Rivers' dancing career has spanned 56 years, as an amateur and professional

competitor, teacher, adjudicator and promoter.


Australian National Champion


Grand Finalist (5th Place) World Professional Championship

Australian Professional Champion

South Pacific Professional Champion

3 times Professional Champion of Champions in 4 styles

Ballroom, Latin, Exhibition/Cabaret, Australian New Vogue


World Championships - 5

World Cup - 2

International Championships London - 8

United Kingdom Championships - 7

United States Open - 4

German Open - 8

Australian Open - 16

South Pacific Championships - 15

National championships of Norway, Italy, Holland, Thailand

Grand Prix and International competitions in 30 countries


Organiser of 1988 Australian International Bicentennial Championships

Australia's largest ever event

Co-organiser of 1972 World Championships

Dance co-ordinator and organiser with Dance News U.K. 1973-74

Invididual Dance promotions in Australia from 1964-1990


World/International Adjudicator - WDC (World Dance Council) qualified in Ballroom (Standard) & Latin

Member - Terpsichore U.S., Ballroom and Latin

Fellow & Examiner & Past President, Queensland Society of Dance (Australia) - Ballroom, Latin, New Vogue

Member & Examiner - Australian Dancing Society - Ballroom, Latin, New Vogue

Past President (Queensland) of Australian Dancing Society

Founding National Director of Australian Dancing Society

Fellow & Examiner Australian National Dance Association - Ballroom, Latin, NewVogue

Member - Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing (Australia) Latin

Member - British Dancing Association (Australia) - Ballroom Latin, New Vogue

Throughout this long career has trained hundreds of competitive dancers, including Australian and South Pacific Amateur and professional champions and World Representatives. Has coached in many countries through the world, including couples in the top six, both amateur and professional, ballroom and latin.

Winner of the "Coach of the Year" Sammy Award 2000. After winning this Award I am

now a member of the selection Committee for the Annual Sammy Awards.

The J. Sandy Award (Australia). A Lifetime Achievement in The Pursuit of Excellence in Ballroom Dancing.