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Deborah Clayton


Training: Moor Park Dance Centre, Preston College.
Qualifications: Advanced RAD Ballet, Advanced 2 ISTD Ballet, Tap,
National and Modern.
Teaching: RAD Mentor, RADTC, AISTD Ballet, Tap and Modern, CDE.
Heath and Safety in Dance, Lifespan Development, and Learning in Dance.
Credits: Professional dancer for Syd Lawrence Orchestra and
Renaissance Cruise Liner.

Rebecca Taylor

Dance Teacher

Training: Deborah Lister Academy of Dance and Liverpool John Moores University
Qualifications/Teaching: BA (Honours) Degree in Dance Practices and Teaching
Acrobatic Arts Certified
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health
Level 2 Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Children and
Young People
Grade 7 RAD Ballet
ISTD Intermediate Modern and Tap

Amie Cheshire

Drama Teacher

Training: Jelli Studios Theatre Arts College,
University of Chichester, Edge Hill University
Qualifications: BA(Hons) in Musical Theatre (Triple Theatre),
PGCE in Further Education
Teaching: Post 16 teaching, Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre

Charlotte Barton

Dance Teacher

Training: Deborah Lister Academy of Dance, The Hammond School, Tap Attack,
Centre Pointe, North Liverpool Dance Academy.
Qualifications: Advanced Foundation and Grade 8 RAD Ballet, Advanced 2 ISTD
Ballet, Tap and Modern.
Teaching: RAD RTS, LISTD, Licentiate Tap, ISTD Level 6 Diploma in Dance
Pedagogy, ISTD DDE Approved Tutor, ISTD DDE Ballet, Tap and Modern.
Progressing Ballet Technique Certified. RAD Silver Swans Licensee.
Alixa Flexibility Modules 1&2 Certified. Currently Studying: ISTD Licentiate Modern.

Debi Upton

Singing Teacher

Training: Andy Follin.
Qualifications: Level 1 Figures for Voice Control,
Level 2 Six Voice Qualities, ABRSM.
Teaching: Owner of DU Music,
Singing Teacher at Cowley High School sixth form.
MES – Excellence in Instrument and Vocal Teaching

Dominic Gore

Commercial Teacher

Training: The Centre for Advanced Training in Dance and Merseyside Dance
& Drama Centre.
Credits: Doody in Grease (Secret Cinema), Joey in Saturday Night Fever, Aladdin for LHK
Productions, dancer for Pepsi ad, lead male wire artist for Anti-Drugs campaign, Back up artist for Government commercial (Sweet Shop), role in Gillette commercial, Ensemble & Understudy Prince in Sleeping Beauty, Ensemble in Peter Pan, dancer and singer for Royal
Caribbean Cruise Lines, lead vocalist in Boyband Reloaded, actor in TV ad for Adidas, dancer & singer for Costa Cruises, Ensemble & Understudy Dame & Muddles in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs & dancer in Lord of the Flies at the Liverpool Empire.


Becki started her dancing journey at age 3, before beginning to train at Deborah Lister Academy of Dance at age 4. Whilst attending DLAD, Becki attended every dance class possible and completed all RAD and ISTD examinations to a high standard. During Becki’s time as a senior dancer at the dance school, in 2009 she began a new role as a ‘Saturday Assistant’ helping with the younger classes and assisting in any way she could.

After completing her A-levels in Dance and Performing Arts, Becki continued to Liverpool John Moores University to complete a Dance Practices and Teaching Degree. Becki was incredibly lucky to receive a scholarship when attending university based upon her A-level results and outstanding performance in education and dance.

Becki became a qualified Acrobatics teacher in 2019 and this has become another very popular class within the DLAD timetable. Becki has completed further qualifications in First aid, Safeguarding and more recently gaining a Level 2 certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health. Becki is determined to continue her dance teaching journey and hopes to inspire and help develop students in all areas of their dancing lives.
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Nicole is a passionate and enthusiastic performing arts teacher who teaches both the singing class and the drama class here at DLAD.

 Nicole has trained from a young age in all aspects of performing with a variety of experience within the industry. Nicole has a BA Honors in Musical Theatre alongside a PGCE in further education and training in performing arts.

Nicole has professional industry experience ranging from lead roles in pantomimes, touring musical theatre productions and event soloist as well as performing as a real Disney Princess at Disneyland Paris on the parade and main stage.

Nicole has also won NODA awards for best lead actress and best choreographer in a Musical and taken the role of a judge in many competitions such as St.Helens got talent and Tunza’s the voice kids.


Dominic Gore started dancing when he was 7 years old. He started his professional training at Merseyside Dance And Drama Centre (Studio 10) in 2013 and graduated in 2016. 

Since leaving college Dominic has completed 3 cruise ship contracts - his recent one being on Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody Of The Seas. Previously Dominic was a part of Matthew Bourne’s Lord Of The Flies and has the intentions of working for the company again in the future.

Dominic teaches in various schools across Merseyside and Manchester and loves seeing the improvement in the students each week. He has worked with names such as 'Henry Wrinkler', 'Pamela Anderson' and 'Canon and Ball'. Dominic enjoys being on stage aswell as teaching and he is looking forward to what the future brings.
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dance teacher charlotte


Charlotte trained at Deborah Lister Academy of Dance from the age of 3; this is where she discovered her love for dance. 

Alongside her training, Charlotte also attended various associate programmes and events, including The Hammond, Tap Attack, and English Youth Ballet.

Supported by Deborah, Charlotte successfully auditioned for numerous dance colleges, training at Centre Pointe Vocational College and North Liverpool Dance Academy, where she gained her ISTD DDE teaching qualifications in Imperial Classical Ballet, Tap, and Modern Theatre, as well as achieving her advanced level vocational exams. 

Charlotte is also a qualified RAD teacher, gaining RAD Registered Teacher status via the CBTS programme. Charlotte further developed her teaching qualifications by becoming a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor and an RAD Silver Swans licensee. She is also first aid trained and holds an Enhanced DBS and Chaperones License. 

Charlotte has a true passion for dance and enjoys sharing this enthusiasm with all of the students she teaches.