Queen’s dance teacher dies at 95
A DANCE teacher, who taught the queen, has died.
Didi Monzani died in her sleep on Saturday, October 10 at the age of 95.
Mrs Monzani established The Monzani School of Dancing in 1947, which taught people to dance in the Amersham and Great Missenden area.
In the early 50s, Didi started dancing classes in The Barn Hall, Amersham Community Centre, where they continue today.
One of her four children, Sarah Monzani, said: “Didi taught many people in the Amersham area for 65 years. She started her dancing career at the age of 14 at the Sadler’s Wells Ballet. In the late 30s, at the age of 16, she started her training as a dancing teacher at Madam Vacani in Knightsbridge, where she achieved her certificate AISTD.”
It was at Madame Vacani that Didi taught the Queen and Princess Margaret to dance at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, every Thursday, even during the war years.
In 1939 she married Roy Monzani an army sergeant major, her first child Carol was born in 1944, followed by Peter in 1947, Sarah in 1949 and Paula in 1953.
Ms Monzani added: “Over the years she taught dancing in many private and county schools in the area, ballet, ballroom, jazz and tap. She also taught ballroom dancing for adults at the community centre on Tuesday evenings, where they all had lots of fun.”
Didi ran many charity balls and dancing displays over the years, raising funds for charity.
One of their children, Carol Henry, took over the running of the dance school in the mid 1990s when Didi retired.
Her neighbour, Betty Wright, said: “She was a real character. She was extremely well known, when we would go shopping, there was always someone who recognised her, even in Selfridges in London. She had so many pupils.”
Besides her four children, Didi leaves behind five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.