Your adjudicator

Our adjudicator for June is Sammy Murray

Sammy is a TV and Film choreographer/ Movement Director and is working on a new Netflix drama due to be aired later in 2020.

‘Killing Eve’ Series 3, ’Sanditon’ and ‘Gentleman Jack’ are amongst recent TV productions and others include ‘Granchester’ ‘Victoria ’ ‘Endeavour ’ ‘That Day We Sang’ ‘A Discovery of Witches’ ‘ Eric and Ernie’ and ‘Ballet Shoes’ with Emma Watson. She also choreographed the film ‘Nativity Rocks’ in 2019.

Sammy was born in Yorkshire and after attending Cynthia Carr’s school in Leeds she gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dance age 9, this then led her on to successfully gaining a place at the Royal Ballet School aged 12.

Her training continued at Bush Davies and Guildhall and at 17 yrs she performed in her first of many West End shows ‘42nd Street’ at the prestigious Drury Lane Theatre, London.

During a career of 15 years performing in shows, TV and commercials such as ‘Me and My Girl’ ‘Sweet Charity’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘West Side Story’, Singing In The Rain’, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ and ‘ My Fair Lady’ Sammy learnt her craft not only as a performer but progressing forwards to assistant choreographer and resident director.

She has taught and continues to teach many well known leading artistes dance and choreography in TV, film and theatre. She also teaches her own workshops and audition technique classes.

Sammy is passionate about sharing her experience with the young talent throughout the country and having taken part at a very young age in Festivals in Leeds herself understands the work and time invested by everyone involved.

She is also Patron of Stellar Musical Theatre in Glasgow. Sammy is honoured to be a dance adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.


Craig Bartley – Organizer and scrutineer

Above: Craig Bartley FIDTA, MBBO, Dip.in Dance teaching (Trinity), Cert.ED. City & Guilds. 
Photo © Daniel Khalid

Craig Bartley is a fully qualified International professional adjudicator. His thorough knowledge of subject matter allows him to adjudicate sections at a high level with an in-depth delivery during adjudication line ups, incorporating explanation of technical requirements and expectancy and the know how from personal professional performing experience, of how competitors can develop further. This is usually delivered with inclusion of all competitors to absorb, yet still with fun and a great rapport all round.His expertise specialises in Classical Ballet, Repertoire, Modern & Abstract Ballet, Tap (European & American), Modern, Song & Dance, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro, Folkloric National, Greek, Vocal and Drama.