Our Story

DN Dance Babies is a brand new activity for babies, toddlers and their adults in the Edinburgh area.

As a new offering from the city’s well-known DN Dance school, you can expect DN Dance Babies classes to be professional, safe and specifically designed for little ones.

Our Story

DN Dance Babies is a brand new activity for babies, toddlers and their adults in the Edinburgh area.

As a new offering from the city’s well-known DN Dance school, you can expect DN Dance Babies classes to be professional, safe and specifically designed for little ones.

Teaching hundreds of children each week

Our teachers are experienced, knowledgeable and truly enthusiastic about sharing the joy of dance with their pupils – this is evident from our high re-enrolment rate, hugely successful school shows and (most importantly!) happy, excited faces from dancers as they arrive in class each week.

Discover the joy of dance with Della Duck and Ralphie Ram!

At DN Dance Babies, we’re joined by two very special friends who help little ones discover the joy of dance in a gentle, engaging way.

Della Duck and Ralphie Ram live in a beautiful wildflower meadow. It’s a wonderful place, full of adventure, music and magic, and one that Della and Ralphie share with us in our classes.

Hear from Della how she and Ralphie became the best of friends – they dance together every day, spinning, jumping, marching and skipping through their enchanted meadow. Full of energy and fun, they love to welcome new friends to join them – what a happy pair!

In fact, if you stop and listen very carefully, you might just hear the music and laughter as Della and Ralphie dance.

Would you like to join them?

Teachers

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.

Miss Lana

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

"Brilliant teachers with loads of experience, energy and enthusiasm. Kids have a great time. Would highly recommend."

Catriona McKenna

Infectious enthusiasm

"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!"

Kat MacDonald

Gaining confidence

"My child has already gained so much confidence and looks forward to the class each week!"

Lisa Andrews

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