STUDIO 86

Studio 86 is a professional dance studio, hosted in the heart of Derby, and teaches an extensive range of dance techniques and styles from cheerleading to tap, street dance to salsa.

About our studio

Studio 86 offer IDTA and UKDDF exams at various points in the year and perform in an annual showcase among other performance opportunities with Mardis Gras Productions in London and Disneyland Paris.

We are very lucky to have state of the art facilities inside Woodlands Sports and Leisure and have a fantastic relationship with local schools and community groups.

With the Mini Movers class for reception age children, kids can get an introduction to dancing and movement through a mixture of games and fun activities which develops their rhythm and co-ordination.

There are classes throughout the week for all ages, starting from just £2.50 for a 30 minute class.

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Who am I?

I’m Laura-Jane and I have been dancing since the age of 3. I’ve worked in Derby as a freelance teacher in Ballet, Tap, Freestyle, Latin American, Street Jazz and Cheerleading – to name a few.

I’m a qualified International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA), UK Dance and Drama Federation (UKDDF) Dance teacher and National Council for Spirit Safety Education (NCSSE) Cheerleading Coach with 8 years experience and a further 3 years experience in assisting dance classes.

​Away from my dancing I am a qualified school teacher with a BEd in Primary Education. I am extremely keen to make dance enjoyable yet challenging for all ages and I strive to cater for every single child’s needs and abilities.  

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Meet the team

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Laura-Jane Appleton

Laura-Jane Appleton

Principal

​I am Laura-Jane and I have been dancing since the age of 3. I’ve worked in Derby as a freelance teacher in Ballet, Tap, Freestyle, Latin American, Street Jazz and Cheerleading to name a few.

I’m a qualified IDTA, UKDDF Dance teacher and NCSSE Cheerleading Coach with 8 years experience and a further 3 years experience in assisting dance classes.

​Away from my dancing I am a qualified school teacher with a BEd in Primary Education. I am extremely keen to make dance enjoyable, yet challenging, for all ages and I strive to cater for every single child’s needs and abilities.

Bethany Neville

Bethany Neville

Senior Dance Teacher

Bethany started dancing at the age of 3 and took musical theatre classes from the age of 12. She taught junior ballet, tap, modern and street dance for a year at the Tiptoe School of Performing Arts which she also attended for 15 years of her own training.

After gaining a Distinction Grade Foundation Degree in Commercial Dance at LIPA she went on to study theatre arts in London. She gained a First Class BA Honours Degree in Theatre Dance from London Studio Centre, specialising in Musical Theatre in her third year. Bethany taught at Stagecoach, IdanceUK and Showstoppers in London, working with a range of ages in a range of dance and musical theatre styles while working professionally as a dancer also.

Josh Jones

Josh Jones

Musical Theatre Teacher

Josh trained at SLP College, Leeds.

His Credits include: Lead Vocalist in Born this way and winner of best Norwegian touring show (Broadway world) Lead Vocalist in Tenors of Rock; Lead Vocalist Princess Cruises; Lead Vocalist in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Headliners Theatre Company); Let it Be (European Tour), Soloist for the 12 Tenors, Lead vocalist for Legends of Rock, Dick Whittington in Dick Whittington (Wakefield Theatre Royal) and Legends of Rock (South American Tour)

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Classes

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Mini Movers

Mini Movers

This is our introductory class that enables younger students to get a feel for dancing and movement.

It includes basic technique of different dance styles, with a mixture of games and fun activities to develop children’s rhythm and coordination.

The aim of this class is for children to experience as much dance as possible in a creative way, so they can begin to decide which classes they wish to continue with later on.

Once the children reach Junior school age, we aim for this class to move onto our Junior section, where they will study the first two disciplines.


Lyrical Ballet

Lyrical Ballet

This is the more disciplined of our classes where children will work towards optional exams and learn the technical steps needed.

The children will learn these still in an enjoyable and creative way. When not working towards an exam, pupils will be putting performance pieces together and learn about the gracefulness and fluency used to execute all steps.


Acro Gymnastics

Acro Gymnastics

Acro is excellent for building strength, stamina and flexibility in your child.

The students learn tricks, tumbling and agility which extends what they do in cheer, but is a discipline in itself. It takes on the elements of contortionism and the dance elements of acrobatics to learn set technical skills, whilst also putting performance sequences together.


Street Dance / Commercial

Street Dance and Commercial

This class consists of learning the latest moves to the latest tracks. The class starts with a whole class warm up activity, then onto learning a routine in groups, encouraging children to put their own moves and ideas in.

I am a firm believer in children being creative and having their say in their routines, whilst taking technical tuition from a qualified teacher. There are also opportunities for children to work in groups with assistants, learning new steps and choreographing short group pieces to incorporate into routines.


Cheerleading

Cheerleading

This class consists of all children starting with a warm up activity, and then moving onto one of the following three areas:

Tumbling/Stunts – In this section the children will learn how to make pyramids, various gymnastic actions such as cartwheels, forward rolls, and handstands.

Cheerleading Motions – This is where children learn various arm routines using their pompoms, making different shapes and patterns.

Cheer – Dance – This is the section where we put routines together using freestyle dance and pompoms, incorporating Stunts and Tumbling.


Tap

Tap

This again is another more disciplined class where children work towards optional exams and learn all the technical steps needed.

Again, we endeavour to make sure the children learn these in a more creative way.

When not learning the technical steps we work on performance skills within Tap and the wider knowledge of rhythms needed for this class.


Performance Group

Performance Group

This class takes any possible dance style, usually something which inspires the group, and works on putting on a performance.

This usually means working towards some kind of event or project. This can include various Drama, Dance and Singing activities related to a particular style. We aim to give the students a purpose for all their technical classes and give them confidence to show off their talents in front of an audience.

You can be aged 6-21 to take part in this troupe and has a specific rehearsal schedule throughout the year.


Mardi Gras

Modern

Mardi Gras class is very similar to performance group in style and structure; however this large troupe specifically trains to perform in Mardi Gras Shows on West End stages and even Disneyland Paris.

You can be aged 6-21 to take part in this troupe and has a specific rehearsal schedule throughout the year.

LJ with a class

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Contact

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