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Find out more about Nicky...



Aged four, Nicky began her dancing life (in plimsolls as her mum didn't think she would stick at it) at the renowned local dance school The Marie Colebrook School of Dance in Louth, performing in pantos, shows and dance festivals.

Eventually the school transferred to Cleethorpes and her tuition continued with Kate Egholm, Penny Smith and I.S.T.D examiner Penny Lazenby, where she eventually became a teacher herself.

With only one career path in mind and aged just 18, Nicky passed her first teaching exam in London and freelanced around various schools in Lincolnshire and Humberside.

Her tap associate, for which she gained a distinction, was followed shortly by her R.A.D teaching certificate giving her fully registered teaching status with the R.A.D. and I.S.T.D. and the Stepping Out Dance Academy was born with her partner June Vinters whilst still only 19.

Her latest qualification was passed in 2010,the diploma in dance and education in modern theatre and tap (DDE).

Nicky Wright - Dance teacher Louth Lincolnshire

During her 27 years of teaching (as well as getting married and having two children, both budding dancers) Nicky's students have taken and passed hundreds of R.A.D and I.S.T.D ballet, modern theatre and tap exams from pre-primary to advanced certificates.

They have also performed with the English National Ballet, in the West End with Gareth Gates and Jodie Prenger (Nancy in Oliver),on cruise ships and have had major character roles in Disneyland Paris shows and parades.

Several have gone on to teach or tour the UK with dance troupes. Some have been accepted/are currently studying at vocational musical theatre schools including: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Arts Educational School, Royal Academy of Music all in London, Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom and Bodyworks Company in Cambridge.

Closer to home, Studio 2000 have danced alongside a professional cast in one of the country's most popular touring shows "Mad About Musicals".

The school also has a close association with the Riverhead Theatre in Louth where they perform in musicals, pantomimes and their annual summer show in which everybody is invited to participate regardless of experience.

Nicky describes Studio 2000 as a friendly family run school with her "Nan" on reception and her "Mum" as administrator / costume maker / P.A. and general irreplaceable dogsbody. Nicky prides herself of being the sole teacher of her 200 plus students, although she has some very experienced teaching friends upon whom she can rely if necessary. She is currently still wondering how much longer she needs to "stick at it" before her mum will buy her some dance shoes!


Find out more about Ellie...

Ellie began her own Studio 2000 journey in 1998, taking classes in all genres taught solely by principal Nicky Wright, and working through the grades.

As soon as she finished school and her a-levels, Ellie registered to begin her ISTD DDI teacher training with Samantha Bell.

At aged 20, she had already passed her Diplomas in Dance Instruction in Tap and Modern dance, as well as qualifying as a UDO street dance teacher. More recently in 2016, she has passed the practical units of her DDE Modern and Tap qualifications. Since working as a full time teacher at the school, she has successfully entered ISTD Tap and Modern exam candidates from Primary to Grade 5 level and arranged a UDO street dance examination day in which all students achieved a 100% pass rate. She has also coaches S2K and Lockin' Squad – the schools competing street dance crews.

Currently, Lockin' Squad hold 3rd place 10&under street dance crew after attending the BDO East Anglian Championships in November 2016, and S2K achieved a 2nd place title in the 16&under Amateur team category at the same event.

Ellie continues to train towards her full DDE qualification and plans to continue teaching at her 'home from home' – Studio 2000.

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Find out more about Penny...

Penny has taught ballet to Nicky's senior girls for many years and has seen the students go on to dancing careers of many types.

She continues to run an adult Ballet evening on Wednesdays when everyone is invited to come along and enjoy an evening of relaxing and beneficial exercise. Lack of experience is no handicap and the group currently contains a wide variety of abilities.

Penny is well qualified for her work, being a fully qualified registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. She has danced with the royal Ballet Company and the Harlequin Ballet Company and taught widely both in England and America. She will give a warm welcome to all newcomers.

Penny Stanforth


Royal Academy of Dance

Studio 2000 Dance School, 1 Cannon Street,
Louth Lincolnshire LN11 9NL
Tel: 01507 610000

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