NLDA teacher training college was established in 2001 when the school moved to its current, spacious, premises.


Cathi Conroy-Jones had a vision to create a centre of excellence for the training of not just children, but students also. After having worked in many prestigious full-time colleges, her insight into the operations gave her the knowledge and experience to set up the teacher training course that now exists.  North Liverpool Dance Academy has a fabulous reputation with learners coming from far and wide to gain their qualifications.  Cathi is a triple international examiner for the ISTD and travels the world examining and coaching on their behalf.

ISTD awarded the Approved Dance Centre status to North Liverpool Dance Academy in 2003. There are only two such centres in Liverpool, offering all genres and only a handful in the North of England.  North Liverpool Dance Academy are the only pure specialist ISTD teacher training establishments in the North West, we therefore concentrate on every unit with every pupil.  All staff at NLDA are highly qualified and all actively undertake PCD.

The success rate at NLDA is very high, we pride ourselves in preparing the students to their own highest ability in all genres of dance.  All students are encouraged to study and enter the ISTD DDE qualification in 4 dance genres.  In addition, the IDT Pre Associate and Associate Ballet have been introduced to enhance the students qualifications and to make them more employable.

Former pupils of NLDA are currently working as Dances Teachers and Principals all over the world.  At present NLDA graduates are in Jersey, Norway, Australia and Dubai.

Classes for the students include Ballet, Tap, Modern and National Dance as well as Jazz, Musical Theatre skills, Singing and Drama. NLDA was recognised in 2014 by IDS, who awarded them Gold in the Vocational Schools Category.  Understandably, this was a massive achievement and something that we at North Liverpool Dance Academy are very proud of.




ISTD Accredited

Striving for Excellence in Every Area

Our Students are entered into ISTD exams based on their performance in classes. We encourage and guide each and every student to achieve the best they can within their abilities.

Gold Standard for Teaching

ISTD Awarded for Vocational School Category

The quality of our teaching was further validated in 2014, winning Gold with IDS. All students are encouraged to study and enter the ISTD DDE Qualification in 4 Dance Genres.

15 Years of Experience

Our College was founded in 2001

We are only one of a handful of ISTD accredited colleges for Dance within the North of England, with even fewer holding the experience in teaching NLDA posses.