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Empressia Dancewear

Empressia Dancewear specialises in practice and performance wear for Ballroom and Latin American dance. Designed and produced by dancers for dancers, Empressia Dancewear has a complete understanding of how you as a dancer want to look and feel on the floor, whether in practice, dancing socially or competitively.  

At Empressia Dancewear, we produce ranges of unstoned practice wear and accessories through to competition couture.  For more information visit our dancewear website at

Dance Lessons

The North of England Dance Academy offers lessons across the North East including in Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle and Tyne & Wear.  We pride ourselves in being open to everyone no matter your age or experience.

At the North of England Dance Academy we offer private lessons for individuals, groups or couples and will shortly be offering group classes.  For more information visit our Lessons page.



Welcome to The North of England Dance Academy.

The North of England Dance Academy is a growing centre for dance in the North East of England, with a focus on Ballroom and Latin American styles.


Led by a team of professionally qualified teachers and dancers, the Academy offers tuition through both classes and private lessons to dancers of all abilities and age groups.  Whether you are a beginner, an experienced competitive dancer or whether you fall somewhere in between, the North of England Dance Academy is the place for you if you are interested in dance.


The Academy was established by professional competitive dancers Katie Armstrong and Ryan Lamb in 2012.  As British National Professional Finalists, they have a wealth of personal dance experience.  

They are also both recognised as being Elite Associate Teachers of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance having achieved highly commended in all examinations, and have a combined wealth of experience in teaching all levels of dancer from beginners through to advanced competitors as well as dancers of different age ranges.

Wedding Dance

At the North of England Dance Academy we offer first dance tuition packages to help you make your first dance as special as the rest of your Big Day.  You don’t need to have any dance experience – in fact, our Wedding Packages cater for everyone, including those with self-professed Two-Left Feet.

Our Wedding Packages include private lessons for you and your partner with one of our professionally qualified dance teachers so we can help you to make your first dance just as you imagined it, however that may be.  

Gift Packages

The Academy offers gift vouchers which can be redeemed and used towards lessons with any of our professional teachers. Vouchers can be purchased in any denomination and can be personalised for any occasion.  Whether for a Christmas, birthday, Valentine’s Day, engagement or anniversary, our vouchers are the perfect present.


As professional dancers, Ryan and Katie compete in both national and international competitions.  They offer bespoke demonstrations which can be sure to add extra sparkle to your event, whether it be a dinner dance, birthday party, anniversary party or any other special occasion you have planned.

Musical Theatre

At the North of England Dance Academy we offer private tuition with professionally qualified teachers in singing and drama. For more information on our teachers and what they can offer in association with the Academy, check out our Teachers page.

Teachers Exhibitions