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Founder & CEO
Miss S A Reid 

Joint Principals

Kirsty Sparks & James McCullagh

Vice Principal
Lucie Kemp 

College Patron
Kay Mellor OBE

Artistic Director & Head of Dance
Kirsty Sparks        

Artistic Advisory Board
Nick Winston
Harry Blumenau
Dr John Rigby
Anthony Williams
Keddie Scott Associates
Michele Thorne Management


Kirsty Sparks BA, PGCE, ISTD

Artistic Director and Teacher of Musical Theatre and Technical Jazz

Miss Sparks trained at Laine Theatre Arts and went directly into the West End show Me and My Girl. Further performances include: CATS, Starlight Express, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Saturday Night Fever. Working extensively as a director and choreographer, Miss Sparks choreographs an SLP performance piece for the UK’s biggest dance event ‘Move It’ at Excel London.  As a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Miss Sparks is also a Personal Fitness Trainer and teacher of Pilates and provides ‘return to fitness’ training for SLP students where required. 

Martyn Garside

Head of Ballet

Martyn graduated from the Royal Ballet School, after completing eight years of studies in dance and academics and awarded the silver medal at the Adelaine Genee Awards.

He then danced with the San Francisco Ballet for seven years before choosing to move away from the idea of a working traditional ballet company.

He guested as a dance artist for various projects and contemporary companies such as Goteborg Dance Company, Danish Dance Theatre, Marc Brew Dance and Jack Webb Dance, working with choreographers such as Georg Reischl, Hiroaki Umeda, Mark Morris and Williamn name just a few.

Retiring in mind as role of a dance artist, he spent four years living and working in Edinburgh, taking time to study at Edinburgh College and work in mental health as a recovery worker, working with people in crisis, alcohol recovery and homelessness.

2017-2019 he became an associate artist for Dance Base, Edinburgh, under the mentorship of Bush Hartshorn. Developing his own movement based practice and creating contemporary performance work that is multi-disciplinary in form using poetry, song, installation, movement and film. As an independent artist he performed or showed various works at festivals such as Buzzcut Glasgow and Edinburgh Fringe with performances througout the UK, Germany, Cyprus and Italy, at times collaborating with artists such as poet Sean Lionadh, moving image maker Owa Barua and actor and writer Sophie Woolley.


Teacher of Ballet

Emma was born in Teeside and commenced dancing at the age of three years. For seven years Emma studied Ballet, Tap and Modern at Studios La Pointe, with Miss Reid. Throughout her early years Emma was exposed to many performing opportunities including cabaret shows, charity performances and many festivals and competitions across the United Kingdom.

By the age of thirteen, Emma had completed all her RAD grade examinations with honours and was successful in her Third Gold Bar Ballet award with distinction. This was the year she was accepted to Bush Davies Vocational College where she studied and performed Ashtons Ballets, Swan Lake, Cygnets and La Bayadere.

After completing her GCSEs she was successful in a number of auditions and received offers from the top three training institutes in London. Eventually Emma decided to accept the Royal Ballet School Teachers Training Course where she gained eye opening experiences from teaching at White Lodge and Junior Associates and earning her teaching qualification.

In 1993 Emma relocated to Hong Kong where she taught at numerous dance academies and in the year 2004 established her own academy, Emma Tse Elite Dance Academy. Emma has appeared on Chinese television and radio stations; the academy has had a number of students accepted into dance schools around the world including two students still in training at the Royal Ballet School, London.

Emma still has her academy in Hong Kong but has recently returned to the UK to care for her family and is looking foward to teaching here where her dreams all began.

Jessica Mais BA (Hons) LRAD ARAD AIDTA QTS 

Teacher of Ballet

Jessica Mais started Dance training age four at a local dance school and with Central School of Ballet. She then graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2010 with a First Class Honours degree in Ballet Education. Here, she gained in depth knowledge of classical ballet teaching and practice. Jessica has been teaching in a variety of contexts and sectors for the last eight years and has qualified school teacher status. 



Andrew Margerison

Teacher of Musical Theatre Rep

Mr Margerison's Musical Theatre Credits include Grease (UK Tour) as ensemble and understudy Doody and Eugene, The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour) as Phantom and understudy Frank’n’Furter, Brad, Riff Raff, Rocky, Eddie/Dr.Scott and The Narrator, Starlight Express (Germany) as Swing, The Rocky Horror BIG 30 Show (UK Tour and Queens Theatre London) as Swing, Dance Captain and Resident Director, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (UK and International Tour) as Swing, understudy Lefou, Cogsworth and Maurice and Resident Director. Andrew has worked on three Summer Seasons at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre; he choreographed The Sound of Music as well as being assistant choreographer on Chess and Hairspray.

Andrew has spent the last eight Christmas seasons at The Floral Pavilion Theatre in New Brighton. Most recently he directed Peter Pan, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. He was also choreographer, and assistant director for Snow White, as well as choreographing Cinderella, Aladdin, Peter Pan, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Other Pantomime credits include choreographer for Aladdin (Palace Theatre Mansfield), Snow White (Central Theatre Chatham) and Jack and the Beanstalk (Beck Theatre, Hayes), and assistant choreographer for Cinderella (Central Theatre, Chatham) and Snow White (Swan Theatre, High Wycombe). Andrew has also appeared in Peter Pan (Palace Theatre, Manchester) as Lost Boy and understudy John darling, Babes in the Wood (Theatre Royal, Norwich) as Ensemble and Cinderella (Dubai International Conference Centre) as Dandini.

Andrew’s television dancing credits include Granada’s The Grand, and Channel Four’s And The Beat Goes On. He was principal singer/dancer in New York City Rhythm and Over the Rainbow on board the MS Sundream and was a featured dancer in The Caribbean Dream Show for Showline Productions in Paris. Andrew originated the role of Mike in the workshop of Muscles the Musical at the Landor Theatre London, was Assistant Choreographer on Our House the Madness Musical at the White Rock Theatre Hastings, and choreographed three seasons of The Good Old Days at Leeds City Varieties



Stuart Hayes

Teacher of Commercial

Stuart trained at Performers College under the watchful eye of the late Brian Rogers. It was here under his direction that Stuart fell in love with commercial choreography and on graduating went straight into TV shows such as Royal Variety Performances, Stars In Their Eyes, Brian Connelly Laughter Show, Paul Daniels Magic Show, TOTP, CDUK as well as a whole host of european networks.

Stuart was one of the most sought after commercial dancers through the nineties and noughties working with impressive artists like Diana Ross, Take That, Dannii and Kylie Minogue,Five, Boyzone, Hearsay, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Steps and the legend Sir Cliff Richard. Travelling round the world and performing, learning his trade whilst working for incredible creatives like Paul Roberts, Kim Gavin, Paul Domaine, Pricilla Samuels and Jamie King to name a few. In turn Stuart worked from assistant choreographer to choreographer in his own right, applying his knowledge from stage and Tv to the runway, working with a host of salons and brands such as Top Man/shop, Wella, Nike, House of Fraser, New Look, River Island and the pinnacle, staging the Spring/Summer Collection for Lacoste at the Louvre Paris.

As a Creative Director, Stuart has worked for Land Rover/Jaguar in Beijing and Shanghai, 100 year anniversary for Grattan employing over 100 dancer/models  (no easy feat)!! Most recently Stuart has been extremely successful in delivering the industry the next generation of commercial dancers. Stuart’s innovative choreography pushes the students to their maximum and fully prepares them for their chosen career. A proud recipient  of a Carl Alan Award in 2015 for his teaching.


Mark Pearce BA (Hons)

Teacher of Contemporary

Mark Pearce performed in Matthew Bourne’s highly acclaimed adaptation of Swan Lake and he and his fellow cast of all-male swans featured in the final scene of the Billy Elliot film.  Mr Pearce went on to train in contemporary dance and ballet and performed with exclusive Laban dance company, Transitions in Europe and Japan. Further impressive performance credits include: Join-Up Dance Company performance collaborating with the award winning poet Imtiz Dharker on a commission for the BBC Containing Strong Language Festival, working with the National Youth Dance Company, co-choreographing Get a Proper Job and Pleasures of the Test as well as featuring in Adventures in Motion Pictures.  As a teacher, Mr Pearce has extensive experience as a Course Leader and Dance Lecturer.


Daniel Lauder BA (Hons), ISTD

Teacher of jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Tap

Daniel Lauder trained at Laine Theatre Arts graduating with a National Diploma in musical theatre.  Daniel later gained a First-class BA (Hons) in Professional and Commercial Dance.  He has worked internationally both teaching and performing and his professional credits include:

Sydney Showboat (Darling Harbour, Australia), Bonheur (Lido de Paris, Champs-Elysees Paris, France – Choreography by Craig Revel Horwood & Mic Thompson), A Touch of Lido (Lido de Paris Tour, Russia – Directed by Pierre Rambert), Feerie (Bal Du Moulin Rouge, Paris, France – Directed by Bill Goodson).  His television work includes BBC, the Disney Channel & Kids Awards as a presenter and dancer.  Daniel has also worked extensively with Carnival Cruise Lines as dancer, Dance Captain and swing, where he was selected to be an inaugural cast member on board the m/s Carnival Splendor,



Hannah Rooke CTLLS, AISTD Dip (TB) (MB) (NB), AIDTA (Ballet)

Exam Co-ordinator - ISTD Majors and FDI Coaching
Teacher of Tap and Modern

Miss Rooke trained here at SLP College as a teacher in all subjects graduating with Distinction. Her expertise as a choreographer and technical exam coach for both children and College students was widespread throughout the North of England and she returned to SLP 12 years ago.  An experienced teacher of syllabus tap and modern Miss Rooke has worked extensively both with College students and children from the Junior Academy. Miss Rooke works both as a free tap teacher and with those students who wish to pursue major tap and modern examinations.

Daisy Jones DDI, DDE, ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern, National, Disco & Freestyle Lamda PCert.

Teacher of Tap and Modern

Miss Jones graduated from Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre and has gained qualifications for Ballet, Tap, Modern and National, Disco & Freestyle ISTD, DDI, DDE and LAMDA Teaching Certificate. She has extensive teaching experience with both young students and adults and spent three years teaching at LlarDansa in Palma.


Jade Wing

Teacher of Acro and Gymnastics

Jade Wing successfully auditioned for Circus Space in London where she studied circus skills, aerial and acrobatics, specialising in acro, gymnastics and flexibility.  Returning to Yorkshire, Jade set up her own business teaching private lessons to children and adults and went on to teach in dance schools across the North of England.  Jade now travels across the UK delivering workshops to schools and colleges and has choreographed acro dances for dancing schools and competitions. 



James McCullagh MA (oxon)

Director of Music 

Mr McCullagh read music at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. He was Musical Supervisor of the recent UK tour of Legally Blonde and was Musical Director on many acclaimed productions including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS for Royal Caribbean International, Rufus Norris’s Cabaret starring Will Young, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, John Bucchino’s It’s Only Life, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Rockin’ Horses headlined by Michael Ball, Fing’s Ain’t Wot They Used t’Be and Treasure Island.  James has worked on cruise ships around the world and been Musical Director for an extensive number of pantomimes across the country. James also spent two seasons as Musical Director of Scandinavia’s largest circus, Cirkus Arena which included royal command performances in front of the Danish Royal Family, television broadcasts and a top ten album.

Glyn Kerslake

Musical Theatre Specialist & Teacher of Singing

Mr Kerslake has had an extensive career playing leading roles in the West End and regional theatres nationwide, and has been a soloist in many orchestral concerts and radio broadcasts. Glyn also has a vast range of Musical Director/Arranger and Composer credits to his name.  His West End Credits include: Phantom of the Opera (The Phantom), Scrooge (Bob Cratchit), Merrily We Roll Along (Joe Josephson), Martin Guerre(Arnaud du Tilh), Sunset Boulevard (Joe Gillis), Miss Saigon - Original Cast - (Chris),  Les Miserables (Enjolras).  Other London, Tour and Repertory  credits include:  Roadshow (Papa), Merrily We Roll Along (Joe), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), Closer Than Ever (Man2), Kern Goes to Hollywood (Soloist), Sentimental Journey (Frank/Jerry), The Metropolitan Mikado (company). The Three Phantoms, Evita, Into The Woods (Wolf/Prince), The World Goes ‘round, Side By Side By Sondheim, The Hired Man (John), Two Cities (Dr Manislav), Treasure Island (Long John Silver), Snow White (Prince).

John Atkin BA (Hons) Music, PGCE Music

Repertoire and Ensemble Coach

An extremely experienced teacher, Mr Atkin managed and directed the Performing Arts Department at a large college in Leeds for 14 years. He is currently a Senior Examiner for an international exam board and a passionate musician with a wide and varied knowledge ranging from composing to conducting. As an MD, Pianist and Conductor he has played in and directed professional and amateur productions including among others:  BBC Radio, Amadeus Orchestra, York Theatre Royal, The National Trust, The John Miller Orchestra.  


Damien O’ Keeffe MA

Acting Course Leader

Mr O’Keeffe trained as an actor at Middlesex University. After graduation he worked as a freelance actor, director and workshop leader at a number of theatres including The Crucible, Sheffield and Leicester Haymarket. He has taught acting and performing arts for over 20 years and was Head of Performing Arts at Bradford College. Mr O’Keeffe has a Masters in Education and writes and presents on the role of the arts in education.

Louisa Scott 

Teacher of Acting 

Louisa Scott trained for three years at East 15 Acting School and made her professional debut for the BBC in Agatha Christies At Bertram’s Hotel.  Further productions for the BBC followed, including The Charge of the Boys Brigade with Joan Littlewood.  Other acting credits include: The Swan Princess (Corbett Theatre), No Need To Ask (Film), Measure for Measure, Winters Tale (York) Scarborough Fair, A Mad World My Masters and As You Like It (Folger Theatre, USA).

Tim English

Guest Director 

Tim English trained at Arts Ed and graduated with honours. He was recently Resident Director for Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre London and The Lion King UK/International Tour. Theatre Credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, Harry in Mamma Mia!, Monsieur Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities and Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore. 


David Plumpton

Classical and Singing Accompanist, Jazz and Tap Pianist and Musical Arranger. Versatile pianist, percussionist and composer with extensive musical experience.

Alena Panasenka, MA

Miss Panasenka is a graduate of the Belarusian State University and also the Mogilev Music College in Belarus as a qualified piano teacher and piano accompanist.



Damien O’Keeffe 


Blair Murray BSc (Hons)

Teacher of Fitness, Personal Trainer, Teacher of Anatomy and Physiology

Mr Murray has been with SLP from the beginning.  He is a Biology honours degree graduate from Strathclyde University and a former professional dancer in the West End and on tours. Since retraining in fitness, he has been an exercise conditioning coach, working with both personal clients and college students.  Mr Murray also provides ‘return to fitness’ training for SLP students where required. 

Kirsty Sparks BA, PGCE, ISTD

Qualified Teacher of Pilates and Personal Fitness trainer.

Student Welfare:

Lucie Kemp AISTD (CB) (NB) (TB) (MB), AISTD (TB) Dip
Vice Principal, Student and Staff Advisor and Safeguarding Officer.

Hannah Rooke CTLLS, AISTD Dip (TB) (MB) (NB), AIDTA (Ballet).


John Rutherford BA (Hons) Physiotherapy

A Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Member of the Health Professional Council. Mr Rutherford is based in Leeds and holds weekly treatment clinics at the College

SLP College hosts guest teachers from the Musical Theatre, TV and Dance industries to work with our students each term.  This has included principal players, resident directors, choreographers and creatives from shows such as Wicked, The Lion King, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Annie, The Last Tango, Hollyoaks, Beautiful, Loserville, KYLIE (International Tour), War Horse and many more.



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