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Deborah Lister
Academy of Dance

St Helens, Merseyside
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Dance Classes in St HELENS

About Us

At Deborah Lister Academy of Dance we offer a wide range of dance classes for children of all ages in our own studio in St Helens, Merseyside.

We provide a supportive, friendly environment for our pupils to develop. We strive to achieve the very best from each individual regardless of their ability, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

All classes are designed to encourage confidence, performance and a love of dance.
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Why Us?

Established Since 1999
We've been teaching dance classes for kids in St Helens for over 20 years.
Friendly and Supportive
All of our classes are designed to bring out the best in our pupils.
Amazing Opportunities
Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Acro, Contemporary, Commercial, Drama, Musical Theatre and more.
Our Own Studio
We have our own fantastic dance studio in a converted church in St Helens.
Dancing is my life and Deborah Lister Academy of Dance is like another family.

I have made life long friends and stronger bonds than I could at school. I also feel so cared for by the teachers and other parents.

I love dancing at Deborah Lister Academy and have so many great opportunities.
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Previous dance shows

Regular Performances
Shows are held every two years at the prestigious St Helens Theatre Royal as well as performances at the Liverpool Empire Theatre and Brindley Theatre.
Wide Range of Styles
Our shows include a wide range of dance styles across all of our classes. Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Modern, Contemporary, Drama, Musical Theatre and more.
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An amazing, supportive and dedicated dance school that my children have the pleasure of attending.

They absolutely love it here and the teachers go above and beyond to meet their individual needs and inspire them to succeed in different dance styles, acting and singing.
My daughter has been at this dance school since she was 3, she is now 13!

She loves it so much, the professionalism, support and dedication from the teachers is second to none.

Can’t recommend highly enough as a dance school!
My daughter wanted to start dance classes at the age of 12. She had never attended any dance classes before and was a bit nervous about starting.

Since she started at DLAD, she has grown in confidence and her love of dancing has continued to grow.
Our Principal

Deborah Clayton

Deborah trained at the Moor Park Dance Centre at Preston College. Here she completed a full time course for professional dancers and teachers of dance.

Deborah was awarded her teaching qualifications by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Royal Academy of Dance.

Her professional career began as a dancer for the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and was later contracted to dance on the Renaissance Cruise Liners.

Deborah is the principal and founder of The Deborah Lister Academy of Dance based in St. Helens. The dance academy has 21 years of success and has a reputation of providing expert tuition in all dance and musical theatre genres.

Most recently Deborah has been approved to become an RAD Mentor for dance teachers studying the Royal Academy of Dance CBTS.
I’ve been lucky enough to be a member of the DLAD family for the last 10 years. I remember feeling excited about attending my first beginners ballet and tap class and still feel that buzz of excitement now every time I walk through the doors.

All the teachers are like family and are so helpful. They are always looking after you. I have also made some amazing friendships that I wouldn’t have made if it hadn’t have been for DLAD which are friendships I know will last a lifetime.

Our Dance Studio

69a The Welsh Chapel, Hardshaw Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1JW
We have our own recently refurbished Dance Studio in St Helens in a converted church.

We also offer our studio for hire whenever we aren't running our own classes.
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Our Timetable

4:00 - 4:30
4:30 - 5:15
Grade 4 Ballet
5:15 - 6:00
6:00 - 6:45
Grade 5 Ballet
6:45 - 7:15
7:15 - 8:00
8:00 - 8:45
Grade 6 Ballet
4:30 - 5:15
Grade 2 Tap
5:15 - 6:00
Grade 3 Tap
6:00 - 6:45
Inter Foundation Ballet
6:45 - 7:30
Grade 4 Tap
7:30 - 8:15
Intermediate Ballet
8:15 - 9:00
Grade 5 Tap
4:00 - 4:45
Primary Modern
4:45 - 5:30
Grade 1 Modern
5:30 - 6:15
Grade 2 Modern
6:15 - 6:45
Junior Jazz
6:45 - 7:30
Grade 3 Modern
7:30 - 8:00
Inter Jazz
8:00 - 8:45
Invitation Class 2
4:00 - 4:45
Grade 4 Modern
4:45 - 5:15
Senior Jazz
5:15 - 6:00
Grade 5 Modern
6:00 - 6:30
Senior Jazz
6:30 - 7:15
Grade 6 Modern
7:15 - 8:00
Invitation Class 1
4:00 - 4:45
4:45 - 5:30
5:30 - 6:30
6:30 - 7:30
10:00 - 10:45
Beginners Ballet & Tap
11:00 - 11:45
Pre Primary Ballet
11:45 - 12:15
Pre Primary Tap
12:30 - 1:15
Grade 1 Ballet
1:15 - 1:45
Grade 1 Tap
1:45 - 2:30
Beginners Contemporary
2:30 - 3:15
Grade 1 Ballet
3:30 - 4:15
Grade 3 Ballet
4:15 - 5:00
Not sure where to begin?

Get in Touch with us and we can help you choose the best class for your child.

Dance Exams

Examinations are held regularly throughout the year in all dance subjects.

Pupils are entered for the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance Examinations.

The Dance Academy boasts 100% pass rate for all exams since the school opened in 1999.
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Ready to Join Us?

We would love to welcome your child to one of our Dance Classes for Kids in St Helens.

Get in touch and we can book your child into a dance class that is appropriate for their age and level of experience.

Places are limited so please contact us to secure a space!