Teaching qualifications

Tribute to Castleford dance teacher Jane Tumelty, who died aged 86

Jane Hanson (Tumelty) deceased

Ms. Hanson was known professionally as Jane Tumelty and started her own dance school at the age of 16.

She has obtained professional training qualifications at examiner level in all dance genres.

Ms. Hanson taught dance her entire life and continued to teach professionals until the last months of her life.

A member of the board of directors of the International Dance Teachers Association for several years, she has served as its president twice.

Her daughter Claire Ward said: “Dancing took Mum to many countries and made many friends abroad.

“She was the Castleford Carnival Queen at a young age and a magistrate for 12 years.

“She was always well dressed and very elegantly presented and loved stylish clothes and shoes.”

Her husband John Hanson, who died in 2011, was a well-known and highly respected chartered accountant who had his own practice, established by his father, with offices in Pontefract, Castleford and Normanton.

The couple had four children, Claire, Teresa, Giles and Mark, and 12 grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Hanson loved France and regularly spent their summers there with friends and family.

Until recently, Ms. Hanson played golf at Pontefract Golf Club and was a former captain. She loved skiing, was passionate about the theater and a great traveler.

A celebration of Ms Hanson’s life will take place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Ackworth on Monday November 1, 2021 at 11:15 am, followed by a private funeral at Crematorium Pontefract.

Family flowers only, but donated instead, if desired, to The Prince of Wales Hospice www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hansonjane or to a same-day collection.

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