Owner & Principal Teacher

Miss Jess has been teaching dance to pre-schoolers, children and adults since 2011, and in September 2023 she opened her own school, Jessica Leigh Dance Studios. Miss Jess is a qualified IDTA teacher under both the Theatre and Freestyle branches, and also holds qualifications in ABD Theatre branch, Progressing Ballet Technique and AcroTrix. Miss Jess has performed professionally in the industry alongside the likes of Example, Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), and dancing in a music video filmed in Ibiza, as well as gaining work experience at the prestigious Pineapple Dance Studios. It has always been Miss Jess' dream to open her own school and she can't believe she is finally living it!

Miss Jess is a huge Disney fan, and even celebrated her 30th birthday at Disneyland Paris with family - does this mean a JLDS Disney trip is on the cards???

Rio aka Mr Jess

Owner, receptionist, DIY man and everything else in between

Rio, who has now been nicknamed 'Mr Jess', is Miss Jess' husband, and he does everything from running reception to cleaning the toilets! He is a big hit with all the students and families at JLDS, however, you won't see him in the classes as he has two left feet!

Miss Deanna

Dance Teacher

Miss Deanna has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She has trained in many styles including ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, commercial and contemporary. Miss Deanna graduated from Addict Dance Academy in Summer 2022 with a first class BA Hons Degree in Dance. As well as teaching Miss Deanna loves to perform herself in different professional contracts. Miss Deanna has most recently been performing in Panto at The Drill, Lincoln.

Miss Lauren

Dance Teacher

Miss Lauren has been dancing since she was 3 years old, training in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. She then went on to attend Wilkes Academy where she achieved a first class degree in Musical Theatre and loved every minute. Whilst at Wilkes, Lauren got to take part in many performances, performing at Move It, in the end of year show as Catherine Plummer in Newsies and other lead roles such as Serena in Fame. Lauren’s dream is to be on the West End. Her favourite styles are Tap, Commercial and Musical Theatre.



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