Debbie Jay Dance Academy

About DJDA

We are a family friendly dance school with caring and fully qualified teachers. All pupils are given the opportunity to participate in exams/medal tests in Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and street dance following the Professional Teachers of Dancing (PTD) syllabus. Pupils are also encouraged to take part in our shows, as performing is a fantastic confidence builder as well as great fun!!

At DJDA we are committed to encouraging all dancers to strive for excellence and enjoy the journey along the way! Our goal is to provide quality dance instruction through caring, professional teachers in a friendly, non- competitive, family orientated atmosphere.

Correct technique is taught in a fun, relaxed but controlled class. We have great relationships with all our fantastic and very supportive parents and the success of each dancer is the result of great team work between the dance studio and our dance studio families.

Our History

The Debbie Jay Dance Academy is a well-established dance school in Formby that was founded in 2000.All Classes are held at the Dove Centre by Formby train station. Initially the school was set up by Jean Berel in 1965 and then when she retired the reigns were passed over to Debbie. Since 2000 classes have gone from strength to strength and pupil numbers have increased. Initially only Ballet, Jazz and Tap were on the timetable with Debbie being the only Teacher but now we offer Streetdance, Progressing Ballet Technique, Stretch/Fitness, Lyrical, Showgirl Academy, fitness classes on mini trampolines and Beginners classes. Laura Jayne Lowery joined DJDA in 2011 providing fantastic fun street dance classes as well as tap and fitness for the older pupils. In September 2016 Abbygail Hughes took over her role. In Feb 2020 Suzanne Sharkey took over Abbygail’s role and her classes have gone from strength to strength.

DJDA has always done fundraising for various charities, through shows and raffles. To date we have raised £3600 for the Special Care Baby Unit initially at Southport Hospital, then it was transferred to Ormskirk and we have raised £1862.00 for the Medical Day Unit at Southport Hospital. £507.00 was raised for Alder Hey Childrens hospital and a further £135.00 for the NHS staff at Southport Hospital during the Lockdown. The Special Care Baby Unit was chosen as Miss Debbie’s son was born 9 weeks early weighing just over 2lb, a bag of sugar!! The Medical day Unit was chosen as Mr Richard Chapman, a wonderful dad of 4 pupils from DJDA sadly lost his battle with Cancer at an early age in June 2012.

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