IDTA Examinations
IDTA Registered
Dawn has over 30 years experience
Highly Experienced
Highfields Lower School, Matlock
Matlock Based

Welcome To Essential Energy Dance and Theatre School

Essential Energy Dance and Theatre School specialise in offering a wide variety of dance classes suitable for all ages and capabilities. Whether you’re looking to introduce dance for fitness or a new hobby, or aspiring towards a career in Dance, Musical Theatre or Performing Arts, Essential Energy welcome all.

How it all began...

Essential Energy Dance and Theatre School was founded by Dawn Aldred whose passion for Dance and Theatre has always remained present. Essential Energy was started with a vision to help people of all ages to embrace the free flowing energy of dance and theatre and develop those aspiring to reach the spotlights.

We are a Matlock Dance and Theatre School based at Highfields Lower School, Matlock, a centre for the performing arts. We teach dance at all grades to IDTA Examination level in Theatre Dance. We do an annual production at the Pomegranate Theatre Chesterfield, as well as performing at charity events and other functions and venues.

We offer classes for people of all capabilities, standards and ages, from students as young as 2½ years and upwards. To find out more about our classes, please head over to our Classes Page.

Dawn also offers coaching for aspiring teachers from beginners levels all the way up to offering availability for those looking to gain a higher level of IDTA professional qualifications in all theatre dance genres.


FREE trial sessions available – Contact Us to enquire

Dance types available

  • Classical Ballet
  • Contemporary Modern
  • Cheerleading
  • Freestyle
  • Modern Jazz
  • Boyz Only Zone
  • Funky Movers
  • Musical Theatre
  • Tap
  • Theatre Craft
  • Hip Hop
  • Street Dance
  • Talented Tots
  • Acrobatics

Why Choose Us?

All dance teachers at Essential Energy Dance and Theatre School are:

  • DBS Checked
  • First Aid Qualified
  • Fully Insured & Qualified
  • Secured Premises with Ample Parking
  • FREE Trial Sessions Available

Our Teachers

Dawn Aldred


IDTA Fellow and Examiner, Dance Ex Dip. Experience - Teaching in Matlock Area 1987 to the present day at Essential Energy, operating for 30 years. Freelance Choreographer for Amateur Dramatic groups and including Head Choreographer for the Queens Jubilee Celebrations at Pride Park Stadium, Derby.

Megan Hambly

Senior Teacher / Choreographer

LIDTA Freestyle, Musical Theatre Dip., Level 4 Diploma Modern Jazz. Megan has over 15 years’ experience, teaches Cheerleading and is a fully qualified Zumba Instructor.

Megan is also a higher level Teaching Assistant at a Derbyshire Secondary School and teaches dance in Primary Schools.

Alex Peet

Junior Teacher / Choreographer

LIDTA Freestyle, Musical Theatre Dip., Level 4 Diploma Dancing at Essential Energy Dance and Theatre School and graduate in BA (Hons) Dance. Continuing to study for professional IDTA qualifications.

News & Updates

New Production Classes for September 2018 -

Bugsy Malone and Dance Factor - Held at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield, March 2019. Contact Dawn directly for further information on how to get involved. (17/07/2018)

Success of our Students!

Dawn and all members at Essential Energy would like to congratulate our students on their 100% examination pass rate. (July 2018)




Join Essential Energy Dance and Theatre School Today!
Contact Dawn on 01629 56000, 07884 444069 or email