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 The Lime Tree Conference Centre, Lime Tree Business Park, Lime Tree Road, Matlock, DE4 3EJ, 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 2 years and upwards including adult classes. 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 Jazz
  • Cheerleading
  • Freestyle
  • Modern Jazz
  • Fitness Classes
  • 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
  • Safeguarding Courses Updated Regularly
  • Secured Premises with Ample Parking
  • FREE Trial Sessions Available

Our Teachers

Dawn Aldred

Principal / Teacher / Examiner

IDTA Fellow and Examiner, Dance Ex Dip. Experience - Choreographer with 40 years of teaching experience (she started young!) Teaches all theatre dance subjects. 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 20 years’ experience in Freestyle / Commercial / Cheerleading / Contemporary Modern Jazz / Musical Theatre.

Megan also continues to study for further IDTA teaching qualifications.

Alex Peet

Teacher / Choreographer

Ballet / Tap / Contemporary Modern Jazz / Acrobatics and holds a BA (Hons) dance degree.

Alex also continues her training to gain a higher level of IDTA qualifications.

News & Updates

September 2021

In celebration of being able to perform once more present EED at THE LIMETREE SHOWCASE

Examinations from 2022

Full Production at The Pomegranate Theatre November 2022

All with focus on enjoyment, moving onwards and upwards, preparation for each individuals skills within dance and fitness.

Success of our Students!

We congratulate all our students on their continued 100% IDTA examination pass rate along with those who have graduated from university within the dance and musical theatre sector to those who will move forward to further their career in this field.

We remain as teachers and students always dedicated and committed and this is evident in our examination results and productions.




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