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Hello and welcome to

Studio J Dance Academy!

Studio J Dance Academy opened in March 2017 and has received an overwhelming response with more and more students joining the family every day.


We aim to provide classes that children of all ages and abilities will enjoy with a strong emphasis on building friendships and boosting confidence. 


 By designing fun and creative lessons we will keep your child engaged so that they can learn and progress safely at their own pace.


Keeping class sizes small ensures each student receives all the attention they need to reach their full potential.

When you send your child to one of our classes you can feel safe knowing that your child is learning all the foundations they need to help them grow into a beautiful, strong and confident dancer.


All our classes are taught by caring, experienced, professional teachers with the aim of helping every student find their passion for dance.


To see if we are the right school for you and your child why not contact us to arrange a trial class today?

Who are we and why should you trust us with your child's dance training?

meet the team

Read on if you would like to learn more about our teaches and why we are so passionate about what we do!

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Where it all began...



That little girl there is me, Miss Jo, back in oh let’s just say the 80’s! All ready to take part in my very first show. Little did my mum know, when she took me to my first ballet class at just 3 years old that I would fall so in love with it, it would become my world. Dance has always been such a huge part of my life, and when you are so passionate about something you just have to share it with the world.


When I was a little girl, dance class was my favourite place to be. I took every style of dance my dance school had to offer and could never get enough.

miss jo - principal

As a teenager, I began working for my dance school as a teaching assistant. It was here that I learned so much about working with children and how to provide the best experience for them. It was because of my dance teacher that I became the person I am today and I will never be able to thank her enough. I do hope to be that inspirational to my students now, to guide them, help them to reach their full potential, and fully enjoy every moment they spend in class. 

I furthered my education at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks where I studied dance, acting, and singing plus gaining professional teaching qualifications with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and Acrobatic Arts. This led me into a career as a professional dancer. Whilst I still knew that I wanted to teach dance, being a dancer is a short but wonderful career and I had to pursue that first.

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After several years of performing in shows around the world, I returned to Chesterfield where I set out to achieve my lifelong dream. Filled with excitement at what could be (and fear that it could completely fail), in March 2017 I held Studio J Dance Academy’s very first class. It wasn’t long before 5 students turned to 10 and then 20 and fast forward to now, I have the pleasure of teaching 100’s of fabulous students every week!

Growing up, there was never a doubt in my mind what I wanted to be when I was older. I dreamt of helping boys and girls like myself find their own love for dance. A place where everyone was treated equally, where children were only made to feel good about themselves, where their confidence would soar and they would find joy, fun, and happiness in dance. And that’s where Studio J came from!

 Our doors are always open to welcome new students. If you are interested in becoming part of the Studio J family please get in touch with us today.

I look forward to getting to know you and your family soon! 

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Miss Ellie
Musical Theatre Teacher

Miss Ellie has always had a strong passion for dance and the performing arts. She became involved in the arts at a young age performing in school shows. Inspired and full of passion, Ellie furthered her education and love for the arts at the Ripley Academy of Dance and Drama. In 2017, Ellie went on to study BA Hons in Musical Theatre at The University of Wolverhampton. Since graduating Ellie has been using her education and experience to pass her passion for the arts onto others. She hopes to inspire others using dance and musical theatre.

Miss Katie

Miss Katie trained professionally in dance and musical theatre at Renaissance Arts. She is a qualified IDTA teacher and has many years of teaching experience under her belt. With her kind and caring approach to teaching, Miss Katie is ready to help our students nurture their talent and develop their technique. 

You might spot Miss Katie if you attend classes on a Monday or Tuesday as she assists and teaches our acrobatics, street and lyrical dance classes. 


Laura has been with us at Studio J since day one. Originally as a parent and now as part of our office team. She knows everything there is to know about us, our beliefs, and what we aim to achieve for our students. Laura is on hand during the week to answer any questions you may have and help find the right class for your child!