Corona Virus

Please be aware that Dexter School of Dancing will be closed until further notice!

After recent announcements and following advice from various sources, we have taken the precaution of closing the school and stopping all lessons to help prevent the spread of this virus and to support the public services at this difficult time.

Thank you for your understanding and please watch this space, as soon as we hear anything, we will let you know.

Tom Dexter

Breaking News...

Dexter School of Dancing is very pleased to announce that as of Monday 2nd March all its Monday lessons and classes will be held at...

Innisfree Social Club
Chesters Avenue
NE12 8TY

Our new classes will be starting after Easter.  Watch this space for dates and times.

Tom Dexter


First NCDTA event of the year.


Ballroom, Classical and Modern Sequence Inventive Dance Competition 2020

Thank you to our adjudicators: Wendy Hatton, Jean Hodgkinson, Valerie Laws, Kevin Page & Martin Bird, & scrutineer Alison Stidolph & the one and only door meet and greet Gordon Bruce. 

Big thank you to compere & DJ Stuart Hatton who kept the day running smoothly. Massive thank you to all the Council of Management who helped out on the day and behind the scenes.

And the winners are:

Latin: Aussie Cha Cha by Brett McIntyre & Lauren Phillips.
Classical: Hugo Swing by Paul & Caroline Dellar
Modern: Schnyder Waltz by David Howler & Deborah Cantlow also winners of the Ray Hodgkinson memorial trophy. 

If you wish to receive scripts please email office:

Congratulations to all competitors some amazing dances which made the job of our adjudicators really hard.

And last but by no means least thank you Alan and Eunice for some beautiful floor leading. We really are lucky to have such talented floor leaders.

Hope to see you all again at our 2021 event.

Dexter School of Dancing...


Where the fun begins!

Established in 1960 by Peggy Dexter, known throughout the North East for her expertise as a highly respected dance teacher, Dexter School of Dancing is now one of the premier dance schools in the area.  Continuing this legacy, her son, Tom Dexter, is now at the helm running a wide range of dance classes and training many dance teachers to his exacting standards.  As President of the NCDTA, Tom in now more involved than ever in the promotion a development of dancing across the north-east.

Our mission is to deliver dance classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels in a range of different styles including ballroom, latin, old-time, line-dance and formation at various venues across the region.  Private lessons are available to suit your individual needs.

Formerly located at Dexter’s Grosvenor Dance Centre in Chillingham Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tom has now diversified into other venues across the north east area, places such as St Francis Scout Hall and Innesfree Social Club in an attempt to make dancing available to a wider audience.

Why dance?

Dancing, in its many forms, has long been known as a form of expression. Nowadays, it is seen not only as an art form but also as a means of improving physical fitness, mental wellness and cognitive abilities, a method of relaxation and a means of making friends and forming new bonds.


Dancing is not just for today’s ‘Strictly Stars’ it is for everyone, young and old (and everything inbetween).  We might not be able to get you on the next series of Strictly but anyone can learn to dance with the right tuition.  Whether you want to dance competitively, gain your junior/senior medals, learn the latest Modern Sequence Dances, master a wedding dance or simply enjoy the friendly atmosphere of a modern dance class, we’re here to teach you.

Why not call in to one of our sessions or drop up a line using the ‘Contact Us’ page, you’ve got nothing to loose and everything to gain, remember...dancing is where the fun begins!

Tom with his students Paul and Alison after reaching the Finals at Blackpool in February 2019.

Tom with his students Paul and Alison after reaching the Finals at Blackpool in February 2019.

Meet the team...

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 Hi, I’m Jan. I started dancing when I was 4 years old. After completing all of my medal tests, I went on to be a successful competitor for several years. In 2005, I joined Dexter School of Dancing and have remained there since. I now dance with Tom, support the Adult Ballroom and Latin classes and also help to run the Social and Modern Sequence Dances. 

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 I started dancing when I was 7 and completed medal tests in Ballroom and Old Time up to Gold Bar Standard. I fondly remember dancing at the Empress Ballroom in Whitley Bay and at the Memorial Hall in Wallsend as well as competing in annual competitions at Butlins, Filey. More recently, I started dancing with my husband, a raw beginner, doing lessons in Ballroom, Latin and Sequence with Tom at Dexter’s School of Dancing. In 2015 we passed our Associate Ballroom Exam and became members of the NCDTA.

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 Hello, I’m Leanne. I’ve been dancing with Dexter School of Dancing since I was eight years old.  After completing my dance exams, I went on to be a student teacher working with the under 8 class after passing my teachers exam I was given an under 8 class and an over 8 class to teach. I have been a part of Dexter School of Dancing as student then teacher for 30 years. 


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