Do you live in or around Rochdale and does your child…

  • Love performing & dream of being on the West End stage, on TV or in film?
  • Want to learn how to act, sing and dance?
  • Want to meet & make friends with children who share their interests?

Does this sound like your child? Then Footlights Rochdale is the right place for them.

Where we are: We’re based at Fallinge Park High School, in the Shawclough area of Rochdale (Map here) on Saturdays (see ‘Class Times’ below for specific times)

Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please email or call us on 0161 670 4205


Our successful franchisee Lindsey Berry owns Footlights Rochdale and building on the success of her first franchise at Failsworth, her school is Rochdale is now in its fifth year.

Lindsey trained in Performing Arts at The Manchester College with Footlights Founder, Jo Fisher as her tutor. At the time, Lindsey was also working full-time the homeless (a job that she had done for 20 years!) and was also a single mum, bringing up her daughter Ferne.

From juggling her career and family, to working hard to achieve her college training, it was clear that Lindsey would succeed to transforming her love of Performing Arts into business. At the start of her Footlights journey, she learned on the job alongside Jo and within a couple of years owned her own Footlights franchise. She has since opened three franchisees and her daughter who is now 24, has two of her own.

A true Footlights family business!

The Footlights Head Office is based at Media City in Manchester, just around the corner from the main hub of the BBC & ITV studios.  We we were established in 2005 by our founder Jo Fisher, a trained actor and teacher, and who continues to have a hands-on role across our stage schools. Read more about Footlights and our history here.

We have robust processes to keep your child safe; all of our staff have DBS status and a trained first aider is always on site at each of our venues. You can read and download our safeguarding policy here.

What to expect


During your child’s time at Footlights Rochdale, our tutors will mentor them to help them realise their dreams of becoming a performer, by sharing their professional experiences, as well as facilitating and teaching performance techniques.

Footlights delivers quality performing arts training and our aim is to ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building their essential life skills and instilling confidence, whilst having lots of fun and meeting new friends. In addition to core performing arts skills, they will,

    • Have confidence when socialising and in nursery or school
    • Be encouraged to talk expressively in a structured, yet exciting forum
    • Be inspired when taking part in discussions
    • Be listened to when building skills in decision making
    • Always be working as part of a team

Their learning will give them the basics and arguably the most important components of the performing arts.

The younger the child is when they take up an activity or interest the better, as in the right environment and with the right teacher they underpin the foundation to their learning and will already have a head-start on their peers.

You will find the Footlights approach friendly and energetic. We pride ourselves on inclusivity and being an encouraging company for your child to thrive in acting, singing and dance. We have superb progression rates from our schools, with the majority of our young students going onto performing arts colleges and drama schools.

We know you want to find the right balance between ensuring your child gets a good performing arts education, has fun and at the same time keeps up with their important mainstream education. We understand this, so this is why our method to developing your child’s Acting, Singing and Dancing will complement their academic studies. Plus, at Footlights, your child will benefit from the opportunity to take internationally recognised examinations through LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).

There is also the option for students to audition for professional work in film, theatre and modelling via our agency, Footlights Personal Management (our recent successes include Game of Thrones and the CBBC series ‘KATY’).

Book a free trial today at Footlights Rochdale and see for yourself.

Want to know more? Why not take a look at our FAQ’s

Class Times

9.30am – 11.00am
Tiny’s (3 years – 6 years)
9.45am – 1.00pm
Main School
1.15pm – 2.15pm
Extra Dance Class (Ages 7 plus) Ballet & Tap / Street Dance

Staff Profiles

Aaron Doherty

Aaron Doherty

Front of House

Aaron, who’s been with us since 2016, is the face of Footlights Rochdale and has been involved with Footlights since our very first open day back in 2013, when his younger siblings enrolled at the school. 

His background is in Silver Service Hospitality and as a PA for the CEO of a large home furnishings company. So it was only natural that flexed his skill and experience to become our Front of House face, he also works at Footlights HQ. Aaron’s professional and friendly attitude to work makes him the perfect addition to the Footlights team. 

Rebecca White

Rebecca White

Acting Tutor

Rebecca, a part of the Footlights team since 2014, has been involved with improvisation, theatre and TV since 1998 and is now a well-known stand up comic. As versatile character actor, Rebecca has a flair for playing old ladies! Rebecca is also an experienced theatre director, writer and drama teacher. Her qualifications range from a BTEC in Performing Arts, Theatre Directing and Performance, Television Acting to a BA (Hons) in Media and Performance.  

Josie Lewis

Josie Lewis

Dance Tutor

Josie, whose been a part of the Footlights Team since 2015, began dancing at the age of eight years old. She spent the majority of her childhood travelling the UK, competing in competitions, and gaining championship status in a variety of styles. She started teaching dance when she was just 15 and qualified two years later. She then went on to become a judge at dance competitions across the UK.

Her qualifications include two National Diploma’s, one for Performing Arts and the other for Stage Craft; an Associate-Level teacher in Freestyle, Disco, Street & Cheer-leading; a Gym Instructor Level 2, Level 3 Nutritionist, and on top of all that she is currently working towards her Licentiate dance teacher’s qualification, which will take her one step closer to becoming a qualified dance examiner around the UK. 

Enola Dyer

Singing Tutor

In Singing classes your child will learn how to warm up their vocal chords, how to use their bodies to create the best sound, they will learn breath control, how to support and sustain their voice and how to sustain it.  We’ll train them to sing in harmonies, a group as well, or in a duet. They will learn about composers from Musical Theatre, as well as sing pop songs. In class, we also encourage them to sight read and recognise terminology. All this is done in a safe environment where they will learn to relax so the voice can sing – we can’ wait to hear them!

Stephanie Byatt

Tiny's Tutor

Stephanie teaches your child acting, singing and dance in bite-size chunks, so that they can grasp the techniques easier, have fun and helps them to develop a love for the arts from a young age. Stephanie will introduce your child to the classic musicals, as well as the latest West End hits! 

The Tiny’s concept is prepare your child for main school. By the time that they leave the Tiny’s group, your child will ahead of most 7 year old’s who are new to performing arts. Stephanie’s passion to teach will bring your child’s confidence to life.