About ALADD...

The Alyson Livesey Academy was founded in January 1989, with just a handful of children. The school grew from strength to strength frequently appearing at major venues across the country, including the Palace Theatre, Manchester and even the London Palladium! In 1997, Alyson opened an additional branch in Whitefield (where we are today) and a further branch in Bolton. In February 2000 the whole school amalgamated and settled at the Whitefield premises.

We offer a variety of classes for all ages and abilities and our students get the opportunity to take part in professional productions alongside regular examinations with RAD, ISTD and Acrobatic Arts. Read all about our different classes here.

Alyson Jayne Livesey



Alyson began dancing at the age of 3 and at 16 won a place at the highly renowned Northern Ballet School. After a very demanding and successful three years she graduated with all her dancing and teaching qualifications.

Whilst the Academy grew, Alyson was also lecturing at a number of full-time colleges around the North, teaching students at a professional level, preparing them for teaching exams and professional contracts. It was only a few years later when the Academy expanded that Alyson gave up these posts to concentrate on her own school, which is now celebrating 28 years in business.

As principal and teacher of a busy school, Alyson will always try to keep up to date to offer the best to the students of the Academy. After qualifying as a certified teacher of the Acrobatics Arts syllabus Alyson was very excited to introduce Acro to the school in 2016!

Our Staff...

Charlene Williams

Dance Teacher

Charlene started dancing at the age of four, at the Alyson Livesey Academy of Dance. At sixteen she went to Preston Dance College where she studied a full time dance and teachers of dance course. In 2002 she graduated as a fully qualified dance teacher. She then went on to dance at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

In 2003 she successfully auditioned as a show team cast member at Centre Parcs Oasis Whinfell Forest. After 2 consecutive contracts she successfully auditioned for a touring production of Riverdance in Majorca, Spain. 

In 2006 Alyson Livesey formed a show team to travel to Pakistan to perform a number of routines for the Basant Festival. Whilst there, Charlene performed to thousands of people including the President.

From 2006 she settled in England and started teaching for Alyson on a permanent basis. She also works as a professional dancer at The Birdcage nightclub in Manchester.

Dave Lloyd

Drama Teacher

Dave began his training at the age of 3 at the North Cheshire Theatre School, where 30 years ago he first met and was taught by Alyson. He then spent 15 years studying both drama and dance. During his time training he had numerous theatre and television appearances.


In his late teens Dave worked as a dancer for the Manchester Giants basketball team where he regularly performed to audiences in their thousands. Dave formed a production company and they enjoyed success throughout the UK with touring shows and residencies.

Dave has now worked at the Academy for 15 years teaching Drama and loves every minute of it.

The last few years have seen Dave back on stage performing again, this time as a stand up comedian. He is now a regular comic on the circuit and has worked alongside many of the UK’s most saught after and well known comedy names.

Tilly Hayes

Dance Teacher

Tilly commenced her training at the Alyson Livesey Academy of Dance & Drama at the tender age of 18 months old, coming to dance classes with her mum. She took part in her very first show at the age of 2. Upon realising that her passion was dance and performance, she began to take part in as many classes as she could and in 2015 moved away from home to commence her training at full-time professional level.

Tilly trained at Preston College Dance Academy for two years and during this time she completed her vocational dance exams to an advanced level and also completed her ISTD dance teaching exams. During  this time, Tilly was selected to perform on the main stage at 'Move It' in London 2017.

In 2017, Tilly successfully auditioned for a place at Tiffany Theatre College, Essex and has recently completed her last year of  full - time intensive training. She has achieved some exciting things this year so far such as dancing for the artist Dua Lipa at the 2018 Brit Awards in London.

Tilly is excited to see where her career as a professional dancer will take her and still enjoys coming back to teach at ALADD between contracts. 

Laura Feenan
Visiting Teacher

Laura has always loved dance and drama and was a student at the Academy from the age of 10. At 18 she won a place at the The Arden School of Theatre where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Musical Theatre.

Laura was a teaching assistant at the ALADD since the age of 13 and has been a teacher for the Academy since 2013 alongside pursuing her acting career.

In the summer Laura successfully auditioned for The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is currently studying on the MA Music Theatre course. Although Laura's base is now in London she still loves returning to the Academy to teach workshops when she is back in Manchester.