The Joan Duesbury School of Dance began teaching people to dance over 60 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, Salsa, Rock & Roll 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.
OUR STUDIO:

 

We have a spacious, fully air conditioned dance studio, purposely designed for dancing with free on site parking.

Conveniently located close to Stapleford town centre with easy access from the A52 and M1 Motorway (Junction 25).

The Studio is situated on a bus route and Toton Lane Tram Terminus is just a mile away.

MEET THE TEAM:

Robert Aldred

I began dancing at an early age at the Wilson School of dancing in Derbyshire, first as a medalist and then as a competitor in Ballroom, Latin American and Classical Sequence. I qualified as a professional dance teacher in 1991 and 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 a director of the British Dance Council, Chair of the British Dance Council Sequence Advisory Committee and member of the ISTD Sequence Faculty which works to develop dance and support other teachers. As part of this work, along with Louise, I was pleased to be asked to produce, write and demonstrate on the ‘Classical Sequence Companion’ parts one and two. Instructional DVDs in this style of dance.

I train people of all ages from those taking their very first steps to National Champions and at 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 have now retired from dancing competitively in the Inventive dance competitions but are extremely proud to have had five of our 49 prize winning dances accepted as championship dances. We are very honoured to have been presented with the 'Carl Alan', ‘Classique de Dance’ and ‘North East Dance’ awards in recognition of our contributions to dance by our peers.

Our greatest achievements though are seeing our dancers reach their full potential and develop a love of dance.

 

 

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 a qualified member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), the National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) and International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA).

As co-principal of the Duesbury Aldred Dance Centre, I train both children and adults from their first dance steps through to social dancers, medallists, competitors, National Champions and professional dance teachers. I am a member of the Sequence Faculty Committee of the ISTD and the ISTD representative on the British Dance Council Sequence Advisory Committee. In addition, I am also regularly invited to adjudicate, lecture, deliver workshops and scrutineer. My proudest moment was being invited to adjudicate at the Open British Sequence Championships at Blackpool.

Whilst Robert and I have now retired from dancing competitively in the Inventive Dance Competitions, we are proud to have 49 prize winning dances of which five have been accepted as championship dances.

We are very honoured to have been presented with the ‘Carl Alan’, ‘Classique de Dance’ and ‘North East Dance’ awards in recognition of our contribution to dance, by our peers.

Outside of the world of dance I am a fully qualified accountant, school governor and treasurer for a local charity. 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 retired.

Ruth Brown
I have grown up as a dancer at the Joan Duesbury School of Dancing which has now become the Duesbury Aldred Dance Centre. I took all my medals with the NATD covering Ballroom, Latin American, Sequence and Freestyle.

I competed as a child in Ballroom and Latin competitions and then as an adult teamed up with my sister to enter Sequence Dance competitions. I have danced at all the major competitions, my most memorable moment being dancing at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool to the live Empress Orchestra.

I am a qualified member of the National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) and teach children and adults at all levels, from beginners to medallists and competitors. I am also a British Dance Council qualified scrutineer.

Luke Shepherd

I started dancing as a child at my local dance school. I soon started competing in Sequence Dance Competitions locally and then at a national level. The two greatest moments being in 2011 when I was crowned The British Amateur Classical Sequence Champion with my partner Joanne Pearson and then in 2015 becoming The British Professional Classical Sequence Champion with my partner Sophie Mackay.

I am a qualified member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Also, I am proud to be the arranger of the Green Emerald Waltz, which has been accepted as a championship dance. I have enjoyed assisting in lectures and given demonstrations both in this country and abroad.

I now teach children and adults of all abilities and enjoy partnering students at NATD and ISTD medallist competitions, of which I am a previous winner.

Liam Pywell

I danced throughout my childhood, competing around the country in Sequence Competitions. My most successful dancing period was after teaming up with my partner, Alexandra Stainton, where we went on the win the British Amateur Classical Sequence Championships a record breaking four times from 2013-2016. Making it a double win in 2016, by also being crowned the British Amateur Modern Sequence Champions.

I have now turned professional and have completed professional examinations with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and I am a British Dance Council qualified scrutineer. I am also a proud recipient of the ‘Carl Alan’ award for Outstanding Classical Sequence Partnership and the ‘Classique de Dance’ award on four occasions.

I enjoy training children and adults at all levels and encouraging them to enter medalist and open competitions. I also enjoy the opportunity to partner students at these medalist events.

Boris  
School and team Mascot. A key member of the team and present at all our events and outings.

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