About our school

Formed in 2010 by local dancer Megan Elliott (PGCE/BTEC/200YTT), Centre stage prides itself on being a professional service that supplies a wide variety of very accomplished teachers and students, with many of them still working and teaching within the dance industry. Offering a wide range of classes for all ages and abilities, Centre Stage gives options to attend as little or as often as you want.

Our staff members have vast teaching experience, creating lessons to support and inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive dance. We provide opportunities for our dance students to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. We give our students opportunities to perform and offer other activities to help build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

With all staff members fully qualified, insured, DBS checked, and experienced in their genre, we aim to develop pupils through dance in after-school classes, as well as weekends and during school holidays.

 

Meet Our Team 



Megan Elliott

Owner & Founder of Centre Stage Academy of dance

Head Choreographer of Centre Stage


Megan founded Centre Stage in 2009, after choreographing her first pantomime the year before at the age of 16, whilst studying dance GCSE at Glossopdale. Megan then went on to graduate from The Manchester College with a Triple Distinction BTEC in dance.

 Since opening, the dance academy has grown strength to strength, moving to their own studio in 2010. Shortly after, Centre Stage started to compete around the UK & Europe, becoming European Champions in 2014,2016 & 2017 in Germany & Paris. 

After Megan finished her professional dance training at Phil Winstons Stage School & Renaissance Arts, Northern Ballet and graduated from Staffordshire University with her PGCE, Megan then continued to develop her teaching skills, becoming head of Urban Arts at The Manchester College and The Arden University. Centre Stage then outgrew their premises and moved to their new studios, at Woolley Bridge- Hadfield.  

Over the years, Megan has continued to develop and expand her teacher training and experience and qualified in Yoga (300hr YTT), Aerial Hoop, Aerial Silks & Acrobatic arts and continues to offer such classes at the Academy. Her recent Acrobatics team became the Elite World Acro champions 2022.

Alongside her teaching work, Megan continues to work as a professional Dancer/Choreographer/ model and dance judge in the industry, working with a number of agencies. Megan has created relations and contracts with various companies, charities and local communities who she continues to work with on a regular basis. In her career, she has worked alongside stars such as Tinchy Stryder, Lemar, SClub, Nicky Clarke,Hrithik Roshan and worked for well-known companies such as KEY 103, Coronation Street, Scuzz TV, John Lewis, Asos, MTV, Adidas & Nike.

 




Emily Clarke

Teacher of Centre Stage Academy of Dance


Emily has been a part of the Centre Stage team for 3 years specialising in Contemporary and Commercial classes after taking part in her work experience from university. Megan had already crossed paths with Emily, who was an ex-student at The Manchester College. Emily has continued to flourish the contemporary community here at Centre Stage. 

Emily studied at The Manchester College, graduating with Distinctions & furthering a career in dance at The Salford university graduating with a second class honours degree in the bachelor of the arts.

 In Emilys career she has performed with the likes of Take That, Boohoo, ITV & Altrincham charity organisations. Emily has over 20years performance experience in a range of styles, including ballet, tap, salsa & ballroom. Over the last 7 years, Emily has gathered experience teaching a variety of styles around dance schools and public schools. 
Emily continues to host weekly Contemporay classes at Centre Stage. Her two Contemporary class recently qualifed for the World Championships and placed in the top two!! 





Josh Smith 

Teacher of Centre Stage Academy of Dance

Josh has been delivering Street Dance classes at Centre Stage for around six years, after offering workshops to our European champion team T.I.8 back in 2016. Josh has since been a huge part of the many Street dance successes Centre Stage have had in both team & Solo/duet categories. 

Josh is a Professional Dancer, Choreographer & Teacher whom is represented by DanceFusion Agency and based on the outskirts of Manchester.  Josh has trained in various styles including Commercial, Urban Dance, House Dancing, and Contemporary fusion. During his professional career, he has also danced on TV (Channel 4) and worked for companies such as Boohoo, BooHooman, MTV and many more

After Graduating from Pendleton College with Distinctions in BTEC in dance , Josh continued to develop his choreographic skills by delivering workshops to surrounding dance schools and currently runs the Urban syllabus at The Manchester College.  Within his ten years of teaching, he has also continued to develop his own skills and trained in many prestigious dance studios across the world- including The Millenium Dance Complex (Los angeles) & Global Dance Studio (Amsterdam).




Niamh Bryson

Teacher of Centre Stage Academy of Dance 


Nat Walker  

Teacher of Centre Stage Academy of Dance