Our ethos is to nurture

Our slogan is Nurturing the talents of the future

North Liverpool Dance Academy was established in 1993. It was originally set up in a Community Centre in Bootle, Liverpool. Its purpose was to offer the expert tuition of Principal Cathi Conroy-Jones to the general public in the heart of a working class area. Cathi brought the expertise and experience of having worked at the Northern Ballet, Manchester and The Hammond, Chester to her own hub and it has continued to thrive, progress and develop over the last 22 years. NLDA has become well respected and has a reputation as a centre of excellence.

Today, North Liverpool Dance Academy is based in Walton, Liverpool and occupies 2 floors of an early 1900’s Art Deco Building. Our 3 studios are spacious, light and airy with semi-sprung floors, full length mirrors, barres and heating. Each floor features changing and washroom facilities and we welcome students to use either of our 2 kitchens with hot and cold water, kettle, toaster and microwave facilities. Our school is easily accessible by car or public transport as it is on a main route to Liverpool city centre.

The ethos of the school is “to nurture“; this is our prime intention when teaching our pupils, young and old. All staff are caring and understanding to each individual as well as being highly qualified and experienced in their field. All staff hold current DBS checks and are monitored by the Principal.

Children are allocated classes at their ability level rather than age level. They are constantly monitored and entered for ISTD exams when they are individually ready for them.

At North Liverpool Dance Academy, we hold our own performances every 12-18 months, of which we encourage all of our students to take part. We are renowned for producing excellent shows that audiences thoroughly enjoy and show ALL of our pupil’s strengths to the maximum.

We hold a separate department for selected pupils to take part in Festivals/Competitions. These pupils are invited by the staff and classes are solos, duets and groups. We have had many successes since we started entering festivals and are proud of the awards the pupils have achieved.

We actively encourage all of our pupils and their families to participate in fund-raising activities so as to involve as many pupils as possible to take part in numerous events throughout the year.

Dance Genres


The Ballet syllabus we cover at NLDA is the Imperial Classical Ballet style. The roots of this stem form the early ISTD days when the syllabus was written in 1913. The style is based on the teaching of the French Paris Opera. Over the years it has evolved to promote the English Classical style and addresses the changing needs of ballet dancers today.

Tap Dance

Tap has evolved from an American dance form, thought to have come from an amalgamation of African dance and Irish step dance and/or English Clog dancing. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms. Special tap shoes are worn which have small metal plates on the ball and heel. These give a distinctive sound which the proficient tap dancer can make incredibly interesting in tone and quality. Tap dance is a theatrical art for seen on stage in musicals. NLDA enter their pupils for ISTD Tap examinations.

Modern Theatre Dance

Modern theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America and spread across the world. It is widely seen on stage in musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. Modern dance can be a highly energetic dance style but beautiful, lyrical modern dance also exists. In this we see strong emotion, expression and quality along with the dancer’s precise technique. All NLDA pupils who take modern are required to do the limbering classes from Grade 3 +. NLDA enter their pupils for ISTD Modern examinations.

Musical Theatre

This is a theatrical art form for that combines singing, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical are communicated through the words, music and movement. This class nurtures our dramatic pupils who have natural talents in the acting field and who may progress to performing in musicals. Improvisation forms part of the class and pupils enjoy the freedom of allowing themselves to express their emotions and experiment with different story lines and plots.

Jazz Dance

This style is very broad. Every jazz dancer/teacher is individual and interprets their chosen music in different ways. Students enjoy this genre as it is usually performed to music that is current and familiar to them. It is usually bright and vibrant, but fluid and soulful music is also used enabling the students to express many differing qualities.


Commercial / Hip Hop is a form of street dance performed to current music. Initially it was founded in the 1970s in the U.S. Where ‘dance crews’ evolved. The TV show ‘Soul Train’ and the 1980s films ‘Breakin’ ‘Beat Street’ and ‘Wild Style’ showcased these crews and their styles giving Hip Hop mainstream exposure. The dance industry responded with a commercial, studio based version of Hip Hop that we see today. Students are permitted to wear their own ‘trendy’ clothing for hip hop, which makes them get more ‘into’ the mood and style of the class. This is the only genre free dance wear is allowed.


This class prepares and warms up the body for more strenuous moments in all genres. We develop the students’ flexibility which is essential for the aesthetics of dance. This class is compulsory for all pupils who take ballet and modern at Grade 3+ level, but is open to everyone.


Dance Festivals are basically competitions. Students at NLDA have to be invited to take part in Festival classes as a very high level of technical ability and performance is required. We hold solo, duet and group Festival classes. NLDA pupils have been very successful in the Festivals they have entered. We encourage our pupils to enjoy these opportunities and to support each other, as well as other dance schools. Professional Conduct is imperative and NLDA encourage this at all times.

Acro Dance

Acro Dance is the performing of extraordinary feats of balance and agility in a dance form. Apparatus such as mats and springboards are used for practice purposes. This genre enhances the other dance forms by increasing flexibility and strength.

National Dance

This is National Folk Dancing. At NLDA we cover traditional dances from many European countries, exploring their background and cultures as well as dances that have been developed by each countries’ community. Students enjoy this genre for its diverse styles and co-operation with fellow dancers in groups and with partners. NLDA enter their pupils for ISTD National examinations.