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Congratulations to our junior and senior dancers who recently made their debut at competition.

The results were just outstanding and we could not be any prouder of you all!



🥇Adult Jazz Large Team “One Night” 

🥇Senior Lyrical Large Team “Rescue” 

🥇Junior Jazz Small Team “Celebrate” 

🥇Senior Lyrical Duet “Hometown” 

🥈Junior Lyrical Team “Turn to Stone”

🏆Highest Senior Scoring Team “Rescue”

🏆Highest Score Across The Entire Senior Division “Rescue” 

🏆Highest Adult Scoring Team “One Night”

🏆Highest Score Across The Entire Adult Division“One Night” 

🏆Highest Junior Scoring Team “Celebrate”

🏆Highest Score Across The Entire Junior Division “Celebrate”

🏆Bring It On Champion, Evie McClements

🏆Highest Score across all senior duets, trios & quads “Hometown”




🥇Junior Lyrical Team “Turn to Stone” 

🥇Mixed Jazz Standard Team “One Night” 

🥈Senior Lyrical Standard Team “Rescue” 

🏆Hit the Floor Champion, Corinna Meier 

🏆The Philpott Shield “One Night” 

🏆The Strand Arts Cup “Turn to Stone” 

✨4th Place Junior Jazz Team “Celebrate” 

✨Top 7 Hit The Floor, Emily Robinson 

Congratulations to all of our dancers who performed on stage in the 2023 TDS performance of 'Return to Frozen'



Katie McCullough

Katie joined The Dance Studio when she was 8 years old starting with jazz before later trying ballet at 13. By 18 years old she had started training with Northern Ballet School in Manchester and graduated in 2021. Since graduating she has been cast as a professional dancer in the Disney feature film "Disenchanted" and has recently completed a contract as a dancer/vocalist in the musical "We Will rock You" onboard Royal Caribbean ‘Anthem of the Seas’.


"I couldn’t be more grateful for the incredible training and endless support I got from Mr, Mrs and Tameron Drake. I loved my time at The Dance studio. They made classes so enjoyable and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it".

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Maddison trained with The Dance Studio for five years before gaining a place to study 'Dance, Sport and Physical Education' at Liverpool Hope University. Alongside her degree, Maddison currently delivers classes in ballet, modern and tap dance. She has became a qualified Zumba instructor and delivers dance, step and stretching lessons in Puregym, Liverpool central. 

"Really, I have Mr Drake, Mrs Drake and Tameron Drake to thank as they helped to build my self-confidence alongside my dance ability and technique. They always gave me the best training at TDS and I am so grateful for their constant belief and support that they provided me with to get me to where I am today!"

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Emily Egan 

Emily danced at The Dance Studio from 3 - 18 years old. When she turned 15, she became interested in pursuing a career in dance teaching and began assisting with Mrs Drake on a Saturday morning.  After leaving TDS she moved to London to study Ballet Education at the Royal Academy of Dance, from which she graduated in 2020 with first class honours. After graduating as a qualified Ballet teacher Emily taught in London for three years in various settings, successfully preparing many students for RAD examinations. This summer she will be moving to the United Arab Emirates to work for Turning Pointe Dance School in Dubai.


"This is such an exciting opportunity that would not have been possible without TDS. I cannot thank Mr and Mrs Drake enough for the years of excellent training which made it possible for me to pursue my dreams and achieve my goals. I danced with Mr and Mrs Drake from aged 3 and loved every moment of it".


Molly Campbell 

Congratulations to Molly Campbell who has been offered a full-time place at The Royal Academy of Dance in London and Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts for September 2023. 

"For as long as I can remember I have dreamt of becoming a professional dancer. Thanks to Mr & Mrs drake, I was able to receive amazing ballet training which prepared me in furthering my dance education. They have also helped push me to gain the highest marks I could in my RAD ballet exams. I am also extremely grateful to both Miss Tameron and Miss Nicole who have helped me learn new skills in Jazz class and also make me a much more confident person and dancer. Without the amazing teachers at TDS I would not have made it to where I am today. Thank you!".


John Mclean  

Congratulations to TDS past pupil John Mclean. John trained in vocational ballet and jazz at The Dance Studio with Graham, Nicola & Tameron Drake before gaining a full time place at Bird College.


In 2019 he performed live at 'The Brit Awards' with the artist 'Pink' describing it as "the most surreal moment in my life. I can't describe the feeling I got dancing on stage beside Pink". Since graduating as a professional dancer John has appeared in multiple advertisements, modelling shoots, London Fashion Week and music videos including "Love me more" by Sam Smith. We could not be prouder of his success. 


Katie Killick

Katie Killick danced at The Dance Studio with Mr & Mrs Drake from 3 - 18 years old. In 2020 she graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in London and is now teaching professionally, alongside another one of our successful past pupils Melissa Logan, at Chelsea Ballet Schools. Alongside her teaching career, Katie has gained a wealth of experience & opportunities training under top industry choreographers such as Ricky Jinks (Company Jinks). We are delighted to have Katie regularly fly over to deliver classes for us as a guest teacher during our TDS annual summer scheme. 


Charlotte Ballantine 

Charlotte trained at TDS under Mr & Mrs Drake in ballet & jazz from 3-18 years old. At 18 she auditioned and gained a three year scholarship place to attend Stella Mann College of Performing Arts in Bedford. Since graduating, Charlotte has had much success working as a professional dancer on board cruise ships travelling around the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Northern Europe including Saga's Spirit of Adventure and the Costa Pacifica. She has most recently embarked the MSC Grandiosa with the Carousel Cast where she has also been made Dance Captain & is truly living her dreams travelling the world as a professional dancer. 

"I honestly could never thank Mr and Mrs Drake, and Tameron, enough for their teaching, encouragement and support. The Dance Studio was my life for so many years, it is very special to me; and I bring the Drake's incredible teaching into every professional contract I undertake. They also gave me the chance to help teach younger dancers, which I loved.  I made the most amazing lifelong friends at TDS,  through our love of dance. I will always remember my time at The Dance Studio so fondly".


Molly Caven

Molly trained in ballet & jazz up until the age of 18 at The Dance Studio and since has been assisting many of our classes with the little ones. Molly is a wonderful role model to all of our pupils and we are so delighted to have her working at TDS. 


"I started ballet when I was 3 years old and there was nothing I loved more than coming to dance and getting to see my teachers. I still remember my very first TDS show when I got to dress up as a strawberry and here I am now 19 years old and still doing TDS shows but in a slightly different way! Not only did Mr & Mrs Drake help me find my love of dance but they also gave me the opportunity to become an assistant and find my love of teaching. Thank you to Mr & Mrs Drake for everything; for all of the joy, love and opportunities you have provided me with. TDS means the world to me".

& many more who, for example, have attended...

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