Our Dance School

Striving to be the best dance school in Edinburgh

DN Dance strives to be one of the top dance schools in Edinburgh. We have branches across Edinburgh, including Chesser, Crewe Road, Bruntsfield, Kirkliston and South Queensferry. We provide outstanding technical training in a fun and friendly environment and we’re proud to be known as an inclusive and welcoming dance school.

We were founded in 2010 by professional dancer, Nicky Bleakley who runs the school alongside husband Lindsay. All the images we use are of our own students, teachers, classes and premises. So the best way to find out what we’re all about is to have a browse around the website and see for yourself.

Our Mission

To inspire, support, encourage, and challenge the next generation of performers to reach for the stars and achieve their goals.

Our Vision

To be renowned for producing outstanding dancers, delivering top quality training, and bringing joy to every class.

We Believe

Dance should be accessible to people of all ages, abilities and aspirations, whether dancing for fun and friendship or taking the first steps towards a rewarding career.

Excellent technical dance training

We pride ourselves in providing consistently high standards of technical dance training whilst bringing enjoyment, energy and fun to every class. We’re like one big family at DN Dance and we’re so proud of all our students and just love seeing how they grow and blossom over the years. We shine our DN Spotlight on one student each week to find out about their journey and experience being part of the #DNDanceFamily. Scroll through the images below to find out more about our amazing students.

Eilidh Stewart

Eilidh has been coming to DN Dance since she was just 2 years old and is one of our longest attending students. We’ve had the privilege of watching her grow into an talented and graceful dancer who is truly lovely young girl and a pleasure to teach.

“Nicky and the other dance teachers are brilliant with the children and are fantastic teachers”
(Donna Stewart, Mum)

Elsie Macleod

DN Spotlight – Article Coming Soon..!!

Emma Bradley

Emma is a joy to teach and has a natural talent for dance. Anything you ask of her she will do with sparkle and flair and a giant smile on her face.”
(Miss Jane, Teacher)

I don’t have a favourite because I like all of my dance classes and my teachers. They are all different but they all make dancing so much fun.
(Emma Bradley)

Jess Taylor

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Amy Yule

Amy has been coming to DN Dance since she was just 3 years old and travels further than any other student to get to her dance classes.

“Dancing has really helped build Amy’s confidence in so many ways. From shows, to exams, to meeting new people, dancing has helped Amy overcome her shyness”
(Suzanne Yule, mum)

Amy McKenzie

Amy has been coming to classes since she was just 2 years old and is one of our longest attending students.

“Dancing has been amazing for Amy, her confidence has grown hugely and I have seen big progression from her and the shows get bigger and better each year.”
(Jacqueline McKenzie)

Alina Mackenzie

Alina has been with us since she was 4 years old and has grown from a shy and smiley wee girl into the graceful and talented young dancer.

“Alina has the most amazing time. No matter what mood she goes in to a dance class she comes out happy”
(Jenny Mackenzie, mum)

Chloe Lynch

Chloe is very special to us being the first of our students to goon to study performing arts at college and  pursue a career on stage.

“The main word for me is family. It felt like a big family. I was always made to feel welcome, you could tell Chloe just loved going to DNDance”
(Laura Lynch, mum)

Professional dance teachers

Our team is like one big family of professional dancers and musical theatre performers who have turned our talents to teaching. Now we’re absolutely dedicated to passing on our experience to the next generation.

Everyone is welcome

Our dance family comes from every age, dance experience, capability and culture. Everyone is warmly welcomed at DN Dance.

We are proud to give equal opportunities to every student to perform in dance shows, take vocational dance exams, and even compete in dance competitions.


Latest News

Meet our DN Head Student

Meet our DN Head Student

Introducing our fabulous new Head Student, Megan Ross. DN is proud to have Megan will take over the role for our 23/24 year, we are thrilled to have you on the team! With the most gorgeous soul, Megan is very much at the heart of DN. Attending classes for 13 years,...

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Our Dance World Cup Journey 2024

Our Dance World Cup Journey 2024

We've Qualified... Proud doesn't even come close!  We couldn't be more proud of our DN Company Dancers who have achieved the awesome feat of qualifying to represent Team Scotland at the Dance World Cup 2024 in Prague. Thirty three of our talented dancers are gearing...

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Celebrations from our Autumn 2023 Exams!

Celebrations from our Autumn 2023 Exams!

We are delighted to announced that after our recent session of RAD and ISTD exams in November 2023 we have had 100% pass rate. Congratulations to everyone who participated, we are so proud of you all! RAD Exams RAD Pre-Primary Ballet: Aimee & Bethany RAD Grade 1...

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What people say about us!


"Amazing dance school. Hugely enthusiastic and incredibly supportive dance teachers. Very happy dancers, everyone leaves buzzing!"

Happy kids

"My kids are happiest when they are in the studio with the amazing teachers."

Infectious enthusiasm

"Nicky and her team have made my daughter feel welcome from the start. Such a lovely atmosphere and great classes. Nick's enthusiasm is infectious!"

Community Spirit

"DN Dance has really made me feel a part of the local community"

Rediscovering the joy

"I gave up dance a few years ago but moving to Edinburgh as a uni student and finding DN Dance made me rediscover the joy again!" 

Professional & Welcoming

"Fantastic studio with a professional faculty who are so welcoming to people of all ages."

Highlight of my week

"I attend senior tap and couldn't be happier. Going to DN Dance is the highlight of my week!"

Friendly Staff

"My daughter has not long started tap/ballet and she loves it, and even more since she got the outfit. The staff are friendly and it’s a nice environment."

RAD Registered Teacher