We are thrilled to have three prestigious patrons who are all well known professional experts in the entertainment industry and offer us valuable support and guidance here at Starquest Performers College.
Dougie Squires OBE (International director and choreographer)
Dougie’s career spans over seven decades and it is estimated that he has worked with over 10,000 dancers over that period. His creativity and energy has inspired so many of today’s top dancers, teachers, performers and choreographers.
Over the years he has been involved with All the Queen’s Horses, a celebration of the Queen’s love of horses and the finale of the Horse of the Year Show from Olympia. His work has been seen on 10 Royal Command Performances, the Pageant for the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday on Horse Guards Parade, the spectacular Defence of the Realm for the Queen’s Fortieth Anniversary Celebrations at Earls Court, the phenomenally successful VE Celebrations in Hyde Park, the VJ Celebrations in Horse Guards Parade and the Rugby League Centenary World Cup with Diana Ross, all of which were televised internationally.
He has worked in collaboration with Major Sir Michael Parker on the Royal Golden Wedding Celebrations. He directed the Queens Jubilee Celebrations in Hyde Park and the Mall and for six years the Not Forgotten Association Christmas Shows at St James Palace with many international stars. His latest success was in Horse Guards Parade with Simon Brooks Ward where he directed the 50th Commemoration of World War 2 ending the Queens 90th birthday pageant at Windsor Castle with a cast of hundreds of horses, international dancers and stars.
Dougie is currently in rehearsals for the ‘Celebration of Dame Vera Lynn’s 100th Birthday’ at the London Palladium on 18 March, which he is both directing and producing.
His skill and expertise in directing a cast of thousands is unsurpassed and he is one of the most sought after director/choreographers in the world of stage, theatre and television.
He has been awarded the Carl Alan award for his contribution to progress in dance and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the prestigious International Choreographers Organisation. He was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen and in Her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours list 2017 he received an MVO (Member of the Royal Victorian Order, a dynastic order of knighthood established by Queen Victoria) in recognition of his Services to the Queen.
Antony Johns (International choreographer)
He made his debut in the West End in Gypsy and danced in the film Bugsy Malone.
On leaving college he joined The Young Generation for BBC and worked with the top choreographers around the world. This lead to working with Wayne Sleep’s company Dash before being invited to work with Dougie Squires 2nd Generation in television, theatre, cabaret and revues.
He was given his own television series, Count Me In, for the BBC which lead to numerous children’s programmes for both the BBC and ITV as well as pantomime productions all over the UK.
His Passion was always to choreograph and he has worked on many celebrated productions including the award-winning Eclipse, Hot Ice and Mystique in Blackpool.
He has also worked on many Royal Events and was honored to stage and choreograph for Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle.