John Ford of the world's most
famous pro/am dance team and the world famous "Hanlon-Ford" production company
was born in Augusta, Georgia. Educated in Alabama and New York, moved quickly
into the world of dance, studied ballet at Joffrey, tap dancing with Jerry Ames,
and Jazz with Phil Black.
John Ford Ballroom Hall of Fame member
Annual Hanlon Ford Ball at Harvard University.
John also managed and taught at 8
schools in N.Y.C. and along the Gold Coast of Florida. His early professional
credits include: Dancing in the " King and I" and "Mame" in N.Y.C., and
choreographing and performing in many productions for the "Kinley Players", of
Warren, Ohio.. 10 years of coaching and choreographing for the American
International Company at Sarasota Florida's Opera House. Appeared on the "Joe
Franklin" and "Mike Douglas" television shows as well as co-hosting on the
"Jerry Lewis Telethon".
John Ford's coaching, promotion,
and direction has led many of his students to U.S. and World Championship
Titles. The World Famous Hanlon-Ford production co., also known as "Hanlon-Ford
Enterprise Inc." and "Hanlon-Ford Dance Tours Inc.", with John as director and
choreographer, has been producing "Traditional" and "Modern" dance shows around
the world since the early 1980's. Hanlon-Ford projects include: The PBS
Television Specials ... "A Night to Remember", "A Zeigfeld Extravaganza",
"Journey to Mt. Olympus", and "Ballroom in Concert" live at the Imperial Palace
in Vienna, which beat "River Dance", "Gypsy Kings", "Burn the Floor", and "The
Yanni Concert" in New York ratings. "Ballroom in Concert" due to demand, later
evolved into "Ballroom Fever", a live stage production with over 50 dancers
including many World Champions which performed on stage at the Tampa Bay
Performing Arts Center, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and the New
York City Center Theatre. "Romeo and Juliette" a dance drama performed in
Verona, Italy. "Phantom of the Opera", "Desert Song", and "Fairy Tale" all
produced in China, with a television audience of 1,200,000,000 viewers! Six
annual productions for the "Grand Finale of the Italian Dance Festival", in
Cervia, Italy. The Pride and Joy of Hanlon-Ford....the annual production
of...."The Hanlon-Ford International Invitational Professional Team Match" held
in the beautiful Grand Ballroom of the Fountainbleau in Miami Beach,
John Ford, along with his late
partner Marguerite Hanlon, traveled the world producing shows and promoting
ballroom dancing for decades and are recognized and honored by being the 1st
inductees, along with Fred Astaire, into the "Dancers Hall of Fame", and the
"Greek Cultural Society" for promoting Ballroom Dancing's inclusion into the
Olympic Games, recipients of the "Bill & Bobbie Irvine Award", honored in
Italy, China, Japan, and many other countries and organizations, as well as
receiving the "Presidential Sports Award" they were also listed in the Pro-Dance
Worldwide Listing of "Who's Who of Professional Dancers".
JOHN FORD is the WORLD'S MOST
FAMOUS PRO/AM DANCER!
"When you get the choice to sit it out or
Dance ,I hope you Dance"