To run a dance studio like Studio 59, along with the Ikigai Academy, takes a whole cast & crew, everyday...Studio 59 is a genuine collective effort from a team of (very) talented people
Dance Studio & Dance Academy Principals
The creative dynamo's that make the difficult look incredibly easy, and the easy look visually beautiful!
Tori Wood-Ives
Co-founder - Studio & 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 including TV, Music Videos, Theatre Tours, Fashion shows, Stage & Commercial events. Tori 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 - Studio & Academy Principal
Brandon trained at SLP College Leeds & since has done numerous contracts internationally on Cruise Ships, Fashion Shows, Music Videos & TV Commercials for major brands including 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
Academy Principal
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
Tyler Morrell
Commercial, Vogue & Hip Hop Dance Teacher
Tyler was born and raised in Yorkshire, which was where his dance journey began! At 7 he completed numerous IDTA exams covering styles such as Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. He then went on to train in other more urban styles at the amazing dance school DF Studios in Fitzwilliam, Wakefield. From there he trained for years as a dancer covering styles such as Hip Hop, House, Afro, Commercial, Voguing & Contemporary. It was here that his diverse knowledge of styles developed into a versatile choreography which was then sought after by many schools.

Tyler has competed in many competitions nationally. He has choreographed and directed multiple concept videos and productions with his mentor, Louise Rainford. He has since focused on teaching the next generation as much as possible, whilst still training with as many choreographers as possible! He has taken many advanced master classes with international choreographers from New York and Los Angeles to hone his skills further and keep ahead of the chasing pack!
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 dance classes, dance bootcamps and dance 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!!!
We care very deeply & passionately about our students & want what is best for them before anything else. We are like a family.
Tori Wood-Ives
Co-Founder, Studio59
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