Professional dance training for the next generation of dance and performance superstars!
Are you looking for a career in the performing arts?

Receive training from UK & International choreographers dedicated to helping train, develop & guide the next generation of dancers & performers.

The Academy is intense. It's also incredibly rewarding and fun. You'll need to put in some serious work and be committed to at least 10-15 hrs of training per week. But our students think of Studio59 as their extended home & family, so we guess you'll be cool with that?!

What will I learn at the Academy?

The intense training at the Academy will prepare you for your future life, whether that is dance or something different.
Dance skills in multiple genres
From Ballet, Jazz, Commercial & Urban, through to hip-hop, funk and lyrical, you'll be taught by the best in the industry
Acting development
We'll help to develop your acting, performance and musical theatre skills, your stage presence and your confidence
Vocal & singing skills
Hone your vocal & singing skills in a friendly environment, to prepare you for the big stage!
Multi-skill work
Being a dancer and performer requires a comprehensive set of skills - you'll get those and a whole lot more!
We're hot on eating the right things and understanding what you're putting into your body to keep you in tip-top condition and on your A-game
Fitness & conditioning
From cardio work, to stretch and conditioning - we'll push you like never before, and you'll be a lean, mean fitness/dancing/performance machine
Self confidence
Learn to come out of your shell, and exude self-confidence and 'swag'
From tasks & assignments to time-management and total self discipline, we'll keep you on your toes
Media management
You'll learn about all of the aspects of the media, perfect life-skills for a career in performing or corporate life
Social Media & Marketing
You'll learn about branding, promotion, marketing and managing 'you' in the age of social & digital media

How the academy enrollment works

step 1 - apply
Every prospective student is asked to fill out an application - it's to help find out if we're a good fit for one another, and to find out more about you
step 2 - audition
We'll invite you to an audition, where you'll get to perform in front of the academy staff. It's your chance to dazzle in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.
step 3 - results
After your audition, we'll let you know the outcome - whether you'll be invited to join or whether you'll need to try again in the future.
step 4 - consultation
If you've been provisionally accepted, we'll invite you & your family/parents to come along for an informal chat, so that we can answer any questions you may have
step 5 - join
Once everyone is happy, we'll get you signed up as an academy student
step 6 - graduate
The Academy will help you to become the best possible version of yourself, for whatever path in life you take.
Academy Principals
Meet our friendly Academy Team
Tori Wood-Ives
Co-Founder & Academy Principal
Always showing a huge passion for dance from a young age, Tori went on to train professionally at Phil Winston's Theatreworks & SLP College Leeds. After graduating Tori has performed & choreographed around the UK & Internationally in a range of styles within the industry. This includes TV, Music Videos, Theatre Tours, Fashion shows, Stage & Commercial events.

During this time, she has worked with Brands & Companies such as Adidas, The BBC, X Factors Jay James, Huawei & Vodaphone. Developing young performers into confident, intelligent artists is something she is very passionate about. Providing the next generation with opportunities & experiences to grow as performers & individuals is also very important to her.
Brandon Mallipal
Co-Founder & Academy Principal
Trained at SLP College Leeds & since has done numerous contracts internationally on Cruise Ships, Fashion Shows, Music Videos & TV Commercials and for major brands such as BooHoo Man. Growing up b-boying he always knew his heart was in Hip Hop but has also trained in classical & technical styles.

He has a passion for all kinds of movement & teaching it to the younger generation. His aims are to bring the dance community closer together & in turn show the general community how dance can open pathways towards a positive life.
Stewart Avon-Arnold
Artistic Director
Known as the guru of Modern Jazz, the talent & experience under Stewart's belt is matched by few. With emphasis on emotion & connecting audiences through his artistry he is a living legend in the dance world with tons of knowledge to learn from.

His credits include choreographing music videos, commercials & film. He worked closely with Kate Bush both as a regular featured dancer & choreographic consultant. As well as being a pioneer as a male dancer he had his own 2 man TV show on The BBC
Guest Dance Teachers
These are just some of the 'best-of-the-best' dancers, choreographers and industry professionals that we regularly invite in to the studio to run classes, bootcamps and masterclass sessions
Josh Warmby
Choreographer | Dancer
Marc Hindle
Choreographer | Dancer
Tatiana Tretyakova
Choreographer | Dancer (Bolshoi Ballet)
Joe Price
Dancer & Choreographer
Gavin Reece
Dancer & Choreographer
Sarah Hobson
Dancer & Choreographer
Jordan Ward
Dancer & Choreographer
Fi Beale
Performance and acting
Martins Abidan
Crazy stuff!!!
Open your mind to new experiences
Studio59 Academy
Some of the things we get asked...
When does the Academy hold it's auditions?
Open auditions are held annually. If you are unable to attend our annual audition, private auditions are available at any time throughout the year for a small fee.
How many classes will I need to do each week?
Depending on individual timetables for students, you will need to attend around 7-8 classes per week (circa 40-60 hrs per month).

The academy runs for 39 teaching weeks in a calendar year, starting in September each year
What age does my child need to be to enroll at the Academy?
Entrance to IKGIAI Performance Academy is open to everyone aged 12+. Exceptions may be made for performers under the age of 12. Entrance into IKGIAI Performance Academy is at the discretion of the Academy Faculty. If your child is under the age of 12 & you are interested in them being a part of IKIGAI, please contact the studio to discuss.
Am I able to choose which classes I do?
Any student successful in gaining a place on the Academy must attend training in the following core styles:
  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Lyrical/Contemporary
  • Stretch & Conditioning
  • Commercial/Hip Hop
  • Singing
  • Acting

what is the timetable for the Academy?
Our Academy students are given a personalised timetable monthly in advance. Each month is designed & changed to work towards specific goals, targets & areas we feel should be focused on in detail.

The Academy package includes a timetable consisting of the following:
  • Core Classes
  • Weekly 3 Hour Academy Sessions
  • Compulsory Workshops
  • Competition & Event Rehearsals
  • Additional Workshops

Do you offer Scholarships to the Academy?
A limited number of percentage based scholarships are available. Scholarships are granted at the discretion of the studio & are reviewed at the end of each Academic year.
We'd love to speak to you
Feel free to get in touch anytime, to ask us about Academy membership and auditions.
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1862 Mill,
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Shaw Lodge Mills
Halifax, West Yorkshire,
HX3 9ET.
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