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We are a friendly and nurturing
Dance and Musical Theatre school that aims for excellent standards, musicality and expression from every child.
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The Nicola Gauld School of Dance strives for the highest standards of training within a friendly and nurturing environment.  
Classes take place at the Seaton Sluice Community Centre.
We have classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Theatrecraft and Drama.  
All of our teachers are registered with both bbodance and IDTA.  We cater for students who want to take exams and those that want to just Dance for fun!  
All students are invited to take part in our annual show and there are opportunities for some of our dancers to compete in friendly competitions.  
We pride ourselves on our supportive and happy atmosphere here at the school and feel confident that it is a wonderful place for our students to train.




Fees are charged at £4 per 45 minute class and £3 per 30 minute class.

Fees should be paid by cash or bank transfer to the Nicola Gauld School of Dance account. Account details available upon request. Cash must be placed in an envelope with your child’s name on it.

Fees are charged per academic half-term. Fees should be paid by the end of the first week of each half-term. Arrangements can be made for weekly payment of fees if this suits better. Fees must be paid for every class even if the child is absent from class due to illness. 

Fees breakdown will be sent out via email or text a few days before the start of each half-term.  If a child chooses to leave the dance school, fees for that half term will not be refunded if already paid. Workshops with guest teachers will be charged separately and will be in line with the guest teachers fee.

If there is a genuine reason why you cannot pay your child’s fees, please contact Nicola and we can have a discussion about how we can help.

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Nicola gauld


Nicola trained throughout her childhood at the Marian Lane School of Theatre Dance. After running  a successful dance school in Edinburgh for many years, Nicola opened the Nicola Gauld School of Dance in 2011 following a move back to the North-East. Starting out as one class, the dance school has grown to being open 6 days a week! Nicola is a registered teacher with bbodance and also the IDTA. She is also a registered teacher with Acrobatic Arts and Progressing Ballet Technique as well as completing a level 3 Diploma in Pilates. Nicola teaches Ballet, Tap, Theatrecraft, Lyrical, Acro, PBT and Musical Theatre. She also teaches Adult Pilates within the Dance School.


“I love watching the children grow in their technique, but also in their confidence and ability to be creative and expressive as they move up through the school. It is such a pleasure to teach the children and see the benefits they gain from training in the Dance School. Some may be working hard towards careers in Dance, some just there for a fun class once a week, but whatever the child’s reasons for dancing, we pride ourselves in catering for every child’s individual needs. The atmosphere in the school is wonderful and the relationship between students and teachers exceptional. We make it a priority that the Nicola Gauld School of Dance is a friendly, nurturing dance school demonstrating high standards across the all the genres of dance that we teach”

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Laura-Anne Stewart

Dance Teacher

Laura-Anne graduated from London Studio Centre in 2012 with a BA hons degree in Dance Performance. Throughout her childhood Laura-Anne trained at the Marian Lane Theatre Dance school and spent many years as a BBO scholar before going on to complete a BTEC in Dance at Newcastle College. She has enjoyed a successful career within the industry,  working at Disneyland Paris, Norwegian cruise line, TUI, and in 2015 gained her first Broadway Credit performing in Saturday Night Fever alongside Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. Laura-Anne went on to complete a further 5 contracts with Royal Caribbean. In between her cruise contracts, Laura-Anne became a registered teacher with bbodance and is also a registered teacher with the IDTA.  Laura-Anne is a fantastic teacher and her relationship with the students in the dance school is wonderful. Laura-Anne teaches Ballet, Theatrecraft, Jazz, Musical Theatre and private lessons within the dance school.


Catherine Glazzard 

Drama and LAMDA Teacher

Catherine is a qualified drama teacher and a trained performance artist. She teaches Drama within the dance school alongside her role as a teacher within secondary education. She has a wonderful connection with our students and they really enjoy her drama classes. Catherine works toward LAMDA exams with our dance school students.

“LAMDA examinations not only showcase good performance and communication skills, they also help to increase self confidence”.

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Join Us

Classes are based at

Seaton Sluice Community Centre, Albert Road, Seaton Sluice, NE26 4QX.

For more information please contact Nicola by phone 07803549402 

or by email

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