The Joan Duesbury School of Dance began teaching people to dance over 50 years ago, with principal Joan Duesbury. Later she was joined by her daughter Louise who then married Robert Aldred and together they formed the Duesbury Aldred Dance Centre. Today we teach many different styles of dance – Ballroom, Latin American, Sequence, Classical Sequence, Rock and Roll, Salsa and Line Dancing. Whether you are a complete beginner, wanting to improve your dancing or looking to become involved in examinations or competitions then we can help.


Robert Aldred

I began dancing at an early age at the Wilson School of dancing in Derbyshire, working through the medal test system in Ballroom, Latin American and Classical Sequence. Also competing as a Juvenile and Junior competitor. In 1990, I decided to train as a professional taking my first exam the following year.

It was at this time I met Louise, who later became my wife, and began teaching in her family dance school. I am now a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD). I am also vice-chairman of the ISTD Sequence Faculty.

Along with Louise, I train people of all ages from those taking their first steps to open competitors and all levels in between. I regularly adjudicate at competitions and championships both in the UK and overseas and have been invited to give lectures and workshops for all the main teaching organisations.

Louise and I still dance competitively in the Inventive dance competitions and are extremely proud to have had three of our dances accepted as championship dances. We have also been presented with the ‘Classique de Dance’ and ‘North East Dance’ awards.

Although our greatest achievements are seeing our dancers develop to their full potential.



Louise Aldred


I started dancing at the age of three at my mum’s dance school. As a child I took all my medals and competed in events both nationally and internationally. My proudest achievement was reaching the quarter finals of the Open Junior British Ballroom Championships. After a successful competitive career I started my professional training and entered the family business. I am now a Fellow of both the National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) and International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and a licentiate member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).

As well as being co-principal of the Duesbury Aldred Dance Centre I am also a member of the sequence faculty of the ISTD which works to develop dance and support other teachers of the Society. As part of this work, along with Robert, I was asked to demonstrate on the ‘Classical Sequence Companion’ an instructional teaching DVD. Also, I am proud to have been invited to lecture on several occasions at teacher training workshops.

I am also busy being invited to adjudicate and scrutineer at dancing competitions. My proudest moment was being invited to adjudicate the Open British Sequence Championships at Blackpool.

Another avenue to my dancing is, in conjunction with Robert, entering inventive dance competitions. We have over 30 prize winning dances including the Countess Waltz, Washington Two Step and New York Quickstep, which are all accepted championship dances.

I am fully qualified in all dance styles and thoroughly enjoy sharing my love of dance with people of all ages and abilities.

Outside of the world of dance I am a fully qualified accountant and I love to spend my leisure time travelling to different and interesting parts of the world.


Joan Duesbury

I have been a Professional Dancing Teacher for over 50 years, training with Adela Roscoe who at the time was a leading teacher and coach. During this period I have trained hundreds of successful medallists and Professional candidates, in Ballroom, Latin American, Classical & Modern Sequence, Disco, Line Dancing and Argentine Tango.

During the last 35 years along with my husband Norman, I have been a qualified B.D.C Scrutineer calculating Ballroom, Latin American and Sequence Competitions. When the A.D.F.P. was formed I joined and we scrutineered all their Festivals, manually in the early days with 18 judges on all the main finals.

I am now semi retired.