Area(s): Gainsborough including Kirton-in-Lindsey, Scotter, Scotton, Blyton, Barnetby le Wold, Bigby, Somerby, Searby, Ownby, Grasby, Brigg, Saxby All Saints, Bonby, Elsham, Wrawby, Wressle, Broughton, Scawby, Hibaldstow, Cadney, Blyton

Popdance Teacher: Debbie

Classes

Teeny Boppers

Classes for children aged 2-3 years.  Run on Saturdays at 10.30am-11.00am Online until classes can return to in person.  Normally at The Music & Dance Journey studio in Kirton-in-Lindsey.  Ample parking available.  Classes limited in size to allow quality tuition.  Advance booking essential.  Popdance Tots routines included in this lesson

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Dinky Dancers

Classes for children aged 4-5 years.  Run on Saturdays at 11.15am-12.00pm Online until classes can return to in person.  Normally at The Music & Dance Journey studio in Kirton-in-Lindsey.  Ample parking available.  Classes limited in size to allow quality tuition.  Advance booking essential.  Popdance Tots routines included in this lesson

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Dinky Dancers

Classes for children aged 4-5 years.  Run on Wednesdays at 4.30-5.15pm Online until classes can return to in person.  Normally at The Music & Dance Journey studio in Kirton-in-Lindsey.  Ample parking available.  Classes limited in size to allow quality tuition.  Advance booking essential.  Popdance Kids routines included in this lesson

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Mini Movers

Classes for children aged 6-8 years.  Run on Wednesdays at 5.25pm-6.10pm Online until classes can return to in person.  Normally at The Music & Dance Journey studio in Kirton-in-Lindsey.  Ample parking available.  Classes limited in size to allow quality tuition.  Advance booking essential.  Popdance Kids routines included in this lesson

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Groovy Kids Music & Dance

Classes for children aged 8-12 years.  Temporarily running on Fridays at 4.30pm-5.30pm Online until classes can return to in person (In person time, normally Fridays 5.15-6.45pm).  Normally at The Music & Dance Journey studio in Kirton-in-Lindsey.  Ample parking available.  Classes limited in size to allow quality tuition.  Advance booking essential.  Popdance Kids routines included in this lesson

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Beyond Basics Ballroom & Latin

For adults.  Temporarily running on Wednesdays from 3.00pm-4.00pm Online until classes can return to in person.  Normally at The Music & Dance Journey studio in Kirton-in-Lindsey.  Ample parking available.  Classes limited in size to allow quality tuition.  Advance booking essential.

Improvers Ballroom & Latin

For adults.  Temporarily running on Wednesdays from 6.20pm-7.20pm Online until classes can return to in person.  Normally at The Music & Dance Journey studio in Kirton-in-Lindsey.  Ample parking available.  Classes limited in size to allow quality tuition.  Advance booking essential.

Intermediate Ballroom & Latin

For adults.  Temporarily running on Wednesdays from 7.30pm-8.30pm Online until classes can return to in person.  Normally at The Music & Dance Journey studio in Kirton-in-Lindsey.  Ample parking available.  Classes limited in size to allow quality tuition.  Advance booking essential.

Other

If you’re looking to get married in the near future, I can help you create your perfect first wedding dance.  If you’re looking for a simple traditional routine, this can be a one-off lesson.  Alternatively many couples prefer bespoke tailor made routines to their favourite song(s).

About Me

I started dancing at the age of 3, because my brother went dancing with his friends and at that stage, ever competitive: “anything he could do, I could do better”. Initially Mum was told that I was too young, but after much pleading was allowed to give it a trial for a couple of weeks – here I am 40+ years later. It’s incredible to think that we start children now from as young as 18 months old.

I always get asked what my favourite style of dance is, as a child, it was always sequence dancing, as it was the only type of dance, where I could remember the routines – being in strict 16 bars. Now though, I don’t have a favourite – if I did, that would become apparent in my pupils and I need everyone to achieve their full potential (not mine).

Everyone will tell you that I grew up wanting to be a dance teacher, well I did, but more than that I wanted to be a ‘World Champion’ (inspired by my idols at the time, Latin Champions Sammy & Shirley Stopford, better know nowadays as Shirley Ballas, Head Judge of Strictly Come Dancing) – unfortunately for that I needed a dance partner and the Miners Strike put paid to my chances of having a partner, without moving to an area such as London. Instead I focused on becoming a teacher, passing my first professional exam at 16 and not stopping until I’d got all the way through to the highest level of Fellowship.

I first opened my own dance school “Ballroom Blitz” (subsequently renamed to ‘The Music & Dance Journey’) on a part-time basis, when I was 21 – it had to be part-time, as I only had 6 pupils then.

I never liked school, so I left when I was 16, initially I’d always been told that I wasn’t clever – that wasn’t the case, I just hadn’t found the subjects that suited me, or the best method of learning – something else that I’m passionate about. To prove people wrong, I continued to study (on a part-time basis whilst working full time) for a Bachelors degree with the Open University, then later for a Masters Degree in Education & Training.

Now I’m also a Director and Chair of Governors of a local primary school as its important that children are able to benefit from their time at school as it’s a long time for children to go and not be happy.

Outside of dance, what do I like? I love my dogs: 2 greyhounds called Bliss and Flame – you’ll often see them at the studio. I love reading and writing. I love ice-cream. Best of all I love visiting Vienna and Budapest with my husband Mark – especially the relaxing thermal waters – heaven for dance teachers.

 

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