About Us

Strategy

Dynamicmotif Dance and Performing Arts Academy offer an all inclusive learning experience in key creative/performance arts subjects. We pride ourselves in providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience where all pupils are nurtured to achieve and develop skills in a fun, safe environment.

Aim

To provide dance and performing arts classes to pupils in a fun and safe learning environment.

 

Mission

To nurture a passion for exploring creative and performing arts skills.

 

Awards

The academy is affiliated with the International Dance Teachers Association in which Miss Jackie is an Associate Member, British Ballet Organisation (BBO Dance) and is a recognised school by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. The school offers examinations and medal awards/rosette assessments in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Modern Jazz and Tap Dance through the IDTA. There is also the opportunity for pupils to work towards Acting examinations through the IDTA.

 

Our Story

Dynamicmotif was founded in 2014 to provide the opportunity to children aged 3-19 years to enjoy classes and workshops in Dance and Performing Arts. We have six branches located around Erewash and Derbyshire with the aim to provide Dance and Performing Arts educational classes to people who live in and around Risley, Sandiacre, Stapleford, Borrowash, Draycott, Breaston, Ockbrook, Spondon, Shardlow, West Hallam, Castle Donington and Ilkeston areas of Derby and Nottingham.

The Dynamicmotif team are experienced, qualified and passionate about providing a high class learning and nurturing experience for pupils to express their creativity in a fun and safe learning environment. Over the last ten years the academy has grown to over 450 pupils. Every year we hold an annual Showcase for all pupils to participate in held at a local Theatre as well as a Recital and two Examination sessions in Dance and Drama. Over the last ten years we have achieved outstanding Examination results in both Dance and Drama, achieving 100% pass rate with all grades awarded at either Merit or Distinction standard.

For more information on availability of classes and waiting lists please contact us on this link: Contact Us

Staff

Jackie Nicholas BPA (NSCD), PGCE (QTLS), AIDTA, BBO R.T

Miss Jackie first began dancing at the age of 13 and studied at the Gieralt School of Dancing in Bramcote, Nottingham. There Miss Jackie was taught Classical Ballet and by the time Jackie was 15 she was shadowing her teacher and helping out at the school all day on a Saturday. After successfully studying her GCSE’s at School Miss Jackie attended college and achieved a level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts enabling her to study a degree at the prestigious Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. It was during Miss Jackie’s second year where she began teaching modern and contemporary dance classes as part of the Saturday school ran by the University that Miss Jackie first became interested in pursuing a teaching career. After graduating in 2000 Miss Jackie began working as a freelance artist and dance teacher in and around the East Midlands performing and working for Dance4 of Nottingham and Derby Dance Centre (now known as DeDa). Jackie also took up more teaching work and qualified as a fitness instructor at the same time as gaining her PGCE. Miss Jackie has worked with a range of children and adults from running Dance Breakfast clubs at Primary Schools to teaching and coordinating GCSE and A Level Dance and BTEC Performing Art courses at various FE Colleges and Secondary Schools around the county. In 2017 Miss Jackie joined The Primary Steps programme, which is part of the Training and Access department at The Royal Ballet School, one day a week teaching on the Primary Steps Programme in Mansfield. Opening Dynamicmotif Dance and Performing Arts Academy fulfils a life long ambition that Miss Jackie has had since first discovering the arts.

Miss Fesa Mabrouk IDTA Iv4 Teacher

Miss Fesa MabroukMiss Fesa Mabrouk is originally from Nottingham and started dancing at the age of four following in her older sister’s footsteps. Starting out at Peggy Paynes school of dance competing in freestyle and working her way up over the years to then take her Ballroom and Latin Examinations. Miss Fesa competed at a high standard reaching the under 21 national championships in Freestyle, Disco, Street Dance, Jazz, Rock n Roll and Ballroom. At 16 she went on to Alison Haynes Dance Academy in Mansfield for several years before studying and completing her IDTA level 4 diploma in Dance Teaching. As well her dance exams Miss Fesa has taken her ETM exams and is a level 3 trained PT and gym instructor. Teaching GCSE dance and fitness syllabus at Hadden Park high school along with Rushcliffe school. Miss Fesa also teaches Cheer leading, Gymnastics and Freestyle Acro, who does display choreography at Kingston Vale gymnastics team who compete at a very high standard internationally. Miss Fesa is always energetic and smiley and loves bringing out the best in other people through Dance! Miss Fesa teaches our Street, Cheer and Acro class at our West Hallam Branch.

Lauren Radford MA, Certified Acrobatic Arts Teacher

Lauren began her training at the age of 3 in Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern in Derby. This sparked her love for performing and she continued her training into other disciplines such as Drama, Singing and Musical Theatre.

As well as working towards her Dance and Drama exams Lauren has gone on to compete in many Dance, Drama and Singing competitions across the country including the All England Dance Finals in 2010.

As well as taking part in annual shows from an early age, she was also a part of the Derby Assembly’s Pantomimes ‘young ensemble’ from 2008- 2012. After continuing to study Dance at Burton and South Derbyshire College Lauren then studied for a Degree in Dance at the University of Lincoln, where she began to develop her teaching skills in the local Dance society. She taught Tap, Contemporary, Jazz and a flexibility class on a weekly basis alongside working towards her degree, this not only helped with her own dance ability but also her skills in teaching and choreography.

After graduating from Lincoln with a 2:1 she completed her Masters in Dance and Choreography at the University of Bedford. Miss Lauren is excited to join Dynamicmotif and share all of her extensive experience in training our young performers!

Jenny Tryner AIDTA Ballet

Miss Jenny has been dancing since she was 3 year old, and over the years danced with several companies learning new ways of teaching and training.

Miss Jenny joined Dynamicmotif 5 years ago as a mature student, completing her grade 4 and 5 Ballet exams achieving Distinction grades along with Intermediate Ballet. Miss Jenny is continuing her training with Miss Jackie by working towards her Advance 1 where she hopes to achieve Licentiate level in her Teaching.

 

Miss Jenny originally qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse 4 years ago after completing her 3 year apprenticeship and still helps with shift cover in the emergency and critical care out of hours hospitals in her spare time.

Dancing has always been a huge passion and support for Miss Jenny, especially during times of stress, so during lock down she reassessed her future and took a leap joining Dynamicmotif as a teacher not just a student.

Her 7+ years in industry, dance and being a leader in the scouting movement, gives Miss Jenny a wide range of skills and experiences to draw on within lessons to help engage and guide children to their full potential.

Miss Jenny says, “Dance is about having fun and everyone should have the opportunity to experience it! We can all dance, some of us will take a little longer than others to get there but that is what makes dance so great, to see people grow and over come challenges, feel proud and feel they have achieved something is most important and this is how I aim to lead my lessons.”

Danielle Cohen AISTD

Miss Danielle began dancing from the early age of 3, right here at the Ockbrook Village Hall.  

She joined the Royal Ballet Junior Associates in Birmingham before successfully gaining a place at Elmhurst Ballet School at the age of 11. Following her 5 years at Elmhurst she returned home and went on to complete 3 years at Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama where she gained her associate in ISTD ballet.  

Straight out of college Danielle began her professional career dancing on cruise ships, working for Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises. She had the pleasure of combining her love for dancing with travelling the world. Through her 14 years dancing on ships, Miss Danielle gained the positions of Dance Captain, Production Manager and finally Choreographer, Teacher and Install Director in Italy for Costa Cruises. 

Miss Danielle then made the difficult decision to leave all that behind to start a family and settle down back in Derby.  She is thrilled to be back in the dance world, teaching here at Dynamicmotif Dance & Performing Arts Academy.

Sophie Walters

Sophie is our Administration Assistant, working part-time behind the scenes to keep records and information up-to-date – and keep everyone updated with any news and exciting developments happening throughout the year at Dynamicmotif!

Sophie is also registered as one of our licensed chaperones for our showcases and performances, supporting her daughter – who attends several classes at our Borrowash branch of Dynamicmotif.

Sophie is always happy to answer any questions about volunteering as a chaperone, general questions about uniform and upcoming performances should you need any help.

Sophie has worked in a variety of busy environments and is hugely enthusiastic about offering great customer service to support the Dynamicmotif experience for pupils and families.

To contact Sophie please email: [email protected]

 

Victoria McGarrity
Victoria McGarrity
30/01/2024
My daughter has been a student of Dynamicmotif for just under twelve months. She studies ballet and I am absolutely delighted with both the standard of the teaching and how the school is run. Both Miss Jackie and Miss Jenny are dedicated to an excellent standard of teaching. We couldn’t be happier.
Lily W
Lily W
11/08/2023
Dynamicmotif has been an amazing place for me to learn and improve at a range of different dance styles. I have been surrounded by supportive teachers and been able to form a new family of friends over the past 10 years. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to start dance or performing arts.
tanya milde
tanya milde
01/08/2023
My daughter has known Miss Jackie since she was 18months old. Then my daughter joined Dynamicmotif. They have been nothing but supportive towards my daughter and son. Ive seen my daughters confidence grow from a shy nearly 2year old to a confinidened young lady. My son does Street and loves it. Im also so a charperone and i love being part of the Dynamicmotif family.
Ruth Helen Stals
Ruth Helen Stals
28/07/2023
Dynamicmotif is the best, most safe and welcoming place you can get. I've been here since I was 5 and I loved it so much, all the staff are brill and I'm exited to continue to learn and grow in September, thankyou Dynamicmotif!! - Lily Stals x
Joanna Colegate
Joanna Colegate
26/07/2023
My daughter has been with miss Jackie now for almost 6 years now she does 2 classes at the borrowash branch and absolutely loves going and miss Jackie is brilliant and so are all the teaches and teaching assistants I highly recommend dynamicmotif to anyone wanting to join any of there classes from ballet to street dancing to drama and anything in between well worth it and you get what you pay for xx
myla Smith
myla Smith
26/07/2023
Dynamicmotif has been my dance school for 6 years, and it's a school to teach you drama,ballet,contemporary,tap,modern,lyrical,musical and street dance. I'm glad to be apart of dynamicmotif as it puts you to your best version of yourself.
Hazell Gardner
Hazell Gardner
23/07/2023
My daughter has just completed her first term at the Ockbrook branch with Miss Jackie and Miss Ellie. She joined part way through the term but was made to feel welcome, and a great effort was made to get her to participate in each lesson. We have already noticed a vast improvement in her confidence and behaviour, and she is always telling everyone how to do good toes and bad toes now. Overall, I would recommend Dynamic Motif to anyone who wants to get their child into dance.
Emma Wright
Emma Wright
28/06/2023
Amazing dance company
Jonathan Felstead
Jonathan Felstead
05/06/2023
Florence has enjoyed her ballet lessons with Miss Jackie since starting from the age of two. Dynamicmotif has allowed our daughter to thrive, to grow and support her enthusiasm for dance. Our daughter has a very rare condition known as CCHS (ondines curse is its nickname) which means if she were to fall unconscious and when asleep she doesn't breathe for herself and needs a ventilator in order to help her breathe. Miss Jackie has been so supportive and inclusive to our daughter and has never made Florence feel different because of her condition. The dance school is for everybody no matter what disabilty and it has given our little girl the inspiration and love for dance which we hope she will carry on with for years to come. Thank you for always supporting and encouraging our little Florence to be the best she can be x x x
Shanie Gardner
Shanie Gardner
29/12/2022
It is an absolute pleasure to review DynamicMotif; an exceptional dance and performing arts academy. My children and grandchildren were awestruck from their first lesson with Miss Jackie. Her choreography; high expectations and injection of magic captivated their hearth and minds. She instilled traditional ballet etiquette mixed with modern values and choreography. Any child will be charmed and fortunate to be taught by the incredible team at Dynamic Motif.