Queen’s dance teacher dies at 95

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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