'Ignite your passion; burn up the dance floor'



Ignite Dance Academy launched on 23rd November 2015 in West Cumbria. We offer RAD Ballet, IDTA Freestyle, festival work, a contemporary class and ISTD tap and modern.

We teach 1-on-1 tuition and group classes. Our prices are competitive and our expertise and qualifications are second to none.


Co-Principals Miss Zoe and Miss Sue have a wealth of experience in teaching dance.

Miss Zoe is a highly experienced dance teacher with over 15 years of experience in performing and educating. She has worked professionally in the dance industry and is a qualified RAD Ballet teacher, LIDTA Freestyle, Tap and Modern teacher and is the sole local provider of 'Melody Bear', providing ballet tuition for those aged 3 to 4.


Miss Sue trained at Preston Dance College and is a highly qualified teacher of ISTD Tap, Modern and National. She has been teaching dance for a number of years and was the choreographer of the winning 2013 Dance Master UK performance.


If you are looking for a nurturing, enjoyable environment that will develop your child's technique, please contact us via the link at the top of this page.



What our parents and students think about Ignite Dance Academy!

"Ignite provide a friendly, warm atmosphere. Our daughter looks forward to attending and has fun every time she goes.

She is making great progress with her technique.

We would recommend Ignite Dance Academy to anyone!"

"My girls love being part of IDA! We could not ask for two better teachers, who have gone above and beyond to keep things going during lockdown!

They are encouraging and supportive, allowing their students to reach their full potential.

The older dancers are great with the youngest ones too."

"IDA is a great dance school, my child has felt comfortable and included from the

get-go. It's great to see friendships flourish and confidence grow!

The teachers show a great level of knowledge and patience. IDA is always looking for other ways for your child to enjoy dance, further their technique and progress their dance career."



Miss Zoe and Miss Sue provide a comprehensive dance education, taking pupils from their first dance steps at 3 years old all the way up to 21. Whether our students dance for pleasure or whether they dance because they want to pursue it professionally, all our students are made to feel supported, valued and nurtured and all become part of the warm and welcoming IDA family. 
Please see the lessons we offer below.

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In the first week of the Summer holidays, we hold our annual Summer School extravaganza - Monday to Friday!

Children aged 3 to 6 are invited from 9am to 1pm. Cost: £60

Children aged 7 to 21 are invited from 10am to 4.30pm. Cost: £100

We offer discounts for siblings and a breakfast club from 9-10am at only £10 extra for the week.

The next Summer School will run from 19th July to 23rd July 2021 at St Joseph's Catholic Secondary School in Workington.


We run many different group classes and these are charged at £5 per session.


Our private lessons are charged at £10 per half hour and £20 per hour.

All lesson fees are invoiced and charged for the full half term. 

Come along and join us for a free taster session today!

Girl Lacing Up Her Ballet Shoes
Tap Dance Class
Modern Ballet Dancers
breakdancing in pink pants
Practicing Acroyoga
Acrobatic Arts
melody bear


Valued partnerships with local schools...

Miss Zoe is a qualified and experienced primary school

teacher as well as a qualified

dance teacher. 

Ignite Dance Academy has a rich

history of 

working with schools to deliver

the national curriculum,


public performance and enrich

the lives of young people in our 


Our prices are reasonable, affordable

and competitive and we will happily

assist you in (or take the lead in) planning and designing

your event  or lessons to suit your needs.


Northside Primary


Curriculum Dance Tuition and U.Dance

We choreographed and delivered a series of lessons to children in Key Stage 1 on the theme of 'Africa'. Children then performed this to parents and the rest of the school.

We also choreographed the Year 3/4 U.Dance entry on the theme of 'Harry Potter', leading to a performance at Keswick Theatre by the Lake.

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Fairfield Primary


Summer Show Choreography

We liaised with the class teachers, listening to their needs and choreographing several dance routines for their Year 5/6 children and their production of 'Mamma Mia'

St joseph's catholic secondary


Inclusion and building relationships through dance

We worked with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team to design a workshop that would bring pupils from the local primary schools together through dance. We choreographed a three minute routine and taught this to a selection of Year 5/6 pupils across West Cumbria.

St Bridget's primary schooll

Curriculum dance lessons for EY and KS1

We create dance lessons based on the topics the classes are studying that half term. In Early Years, we use Melody Bear to teach movement and story.

St Gregory's Catholic Primary School

Curriculum dance lessons for Y1/2/3/4/6

We create dance lessons based on the topics the classes are studying that half term.

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

Curriculum dance lessons for Y3/4/5/6

We create dance lessons based on the topics the classes are studying that half term.

Mayfield Special School

Multi-sensory dance lessons to Years 3 and 4.

Multi-sensory dance lessons, using scarves and other resources. Themed based on the curriculum and including Makaton, rhythm and space to explore emotions through the use of different body parts.


We're here to make the learning process easier and more enjoyable for you. Contact us to become part of West Cumbria's most exciting dance academy!

Workington, Whitehaven, Kells, Seaton

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