Meet The Team

Nicola Lakin- Principal/ Teacher

Nicola is born and bred in Nottingham and her dance journey began in 1994 at the tender age of 6. Nicola studied various styles of dance and competed/performed extensively as a child. Her professional dance journey began at 14 performing in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at The Playhouse Theatre Nottingham. At 16 Nicola gained a scholarship to attend The Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama’s 3 year full time Musical Theatre training course which she graduated with Distinction in 2007. Whilst training she also studied for her teaching training qualifications with the IDTA gaining Honours. In 2015 Nicola took 3 months to study her craft further at The Broadway Dance Centre New York.

For the last 10 years, Nicola has been working as a professional performer and her credits include: ‘Spirit of the Dance’ 10th Anniversary U.K Tour, ‘Red Hot Broadway’ China Tour,’The Thursford Christmas Spectacular’ (2 seasons), ‘Headliners Theatre Company’ for P&O UK onboard The Oceana (Caribbean season), ‘Mirage Theatre Company’ for Fred Olsen Cruises onboard The Boudicca (Mediterranean season), ‘The Pacific Entertainers’ as Dancer/Swing for P&O Australia on board The Pacific Dawn (2 seasons). ITV’s ‘Surprise Surprise’ and not to mention numerous Pantomimes and Corporate events as a Dancer and Dance Captain. Nicola still actively works as a professional performer which brings the freshest knowledge and styles to Rhythm Nation Studios.

Whilst performing professionally she gained a wealth of experience teaching for various dance schools up and down the U.K and found not only did she love to dance herself, she loved to see her pupils achieve their goals even more.

She has a true passion for bringing out the best in every budding dancer wether they come to class just for fun or want to actively pursue their dancing, and has created a warm and welcoming dance studio for all children.

Alicia Frankum – Teacher

Miss Alicia or ‘Miss Lissy’ as she likes to be called is currently studying performing arts at The Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama. Although she’s only just going into her 2nd year, her credentials are insane! Distinction and Honours results in her exams as a performer, fully qualified teacher under the IDTA with Distinction, and Miss Nicola has seen her perform live and she’s just incredible! What an asset to the team. Miss Lissy will be assisting Miss Nicola for Saturday’s classes and brings a wealth of knowledge to make classes fun but educational for all children.

Debbie Lakin- Registrar/Administration

Debbie also born and bred in Nottingham is Nicola’s mother, (incase you haven’t guessed from the resemblance haha!) As a hands on ‘Dance Mum’ Debbie has experienced the whole journey with Nicola from taking her to her first class to helping her open the doors to her own studio. Her wealth of knowledge of parenting a child who is interested in dance is incredible and her kind and friendly approach to the studio really does bring a sense of home away from home. You’ll see Debbie at the Studio providing you with all the information you need, and welcoming you with open arms to our reception! What better person for parents to talk to, than another parent who’s experienced the process- right? She’s also a very nifty mover herself, and takes full credit for Nicola’s talent!