DN Dance Principal, Nicky Bleakley, founded DN Dance Babies January 2019, bringing in friend and fellow teacher Lana Benson as Lead Instructor to help inspire and create the classes.
Miss Nicky, Principal
Owner and DN Dance School Principal Nicky Bleakley grew up in West Yorkshire, where she attended a local dance school from the age of 3. Those early days sowed the seeds of her lifelong love of dance, and she continued dancing through her childhood, before being offered a Scholarship place at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester.
Following graduation, Nicky spent time working overseas, performing in many shows onboard prestigious cruise liners. On her return, she joined a UK-wide dance tour, which stopped off in Edinburgh. After falling in love with the city, Nicky never left, and subsequently established DN Dance in 2010.
Nicky’s motivation for launching the dance school was to enable others to discover the joy of dance that she felt as a child. The school has continued to grow steadily and sustainably, and now has over 800 students enrolled across five city locations.
Since having her own baby in 2017, Nicky continues to dance and to teach, and established DN Dance Babies with the vision of combining her experience both as a dancer and as a parent.
Lana trained at Edinburgh’s Dance For All Theatre School and gained her HND in Professional Stage Dance in June 2014. After graduating she went on her travels dancing in the UK and around the world.
Lana joined a show team with TOTT Events touring Paphos in Cyprus, then moving on yachts before her final contract in Halkidiki where she worked as a show team performing arts member for a 5 star resort.
On returning to Edinburgh, Lana joined the DN Dance family and is a much-loved teacher of ballet, commercial, jazz and tap classes.
Lana will be leading the DN Dance Babies classes and is excited about introducing the wonderful world of dance to babies and toddlers from her hometown.
"Brilliant teachers with loads of experience, energy and enthusiasm. Kids have a great time. Would highly recommend."
"Nicky and her team have made my daughter feel welcome from the start. Such a lovely atmosphere and great classes. Lana's enthusiasm is infectious!"
"My child has already gained so much confidence and looks forward to the class each week!"