Peggy Spencer, British dancer, Died at 95


Peggy Spencer/ Margaret Ann Hull was born on September 24, 1920, and died on May 25, 2016.

She was a British professional ballroom dancer, choreographer, competition adjudicator and organiser.

Peggy got married Jack Spencer in 1940, they had two children, Helena and Michael.

The marriage ended in a divorce in 1947.

Spencer had formed a close relationship with her brother-in-law Frank, whom she eventually married in the late 1960s.

Peggy and Frank (a musician and a top-class dancer in pre-war days) ran the Royston Ballroom in Penge, South London, after a few years.

She was a regular TV dance commentator and populariser of dance.

Spencer was a leading coach for competitive Latin dancers, and was influential in both Ballroom and Latin American branches of the ISTD.

Peggy’s ballroom formation team was twice invited to dance for the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Her teams appeared in the Come Dancing TV programme, for 40 years.

Her choreographed a dance sequence for a Beatles video (Your Mother Should Know), and the tango for Rudolph Nureyev in the film Valentino.

Peggy was a choreographer for the Burn the Floor dance show, which combined ballroom dances with modern ideas.

Spencer was the subject of the TV show This Is Your Life in 1993.

During 2004, she became President of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Peggy Spencer received multiple awards for her work in teaching and adjudicating in ballroom dancing, including 8 Carl Alan Awards.

Peggy Spencer and Frank were both appointed MBE in the Queen’s Jubilee year 1977.

Peggy Spencer passed away at 95 years old.