Call Lindsey on 07824 469137

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 Wardle Academy Birch Road Wardle Rochdale OL12 9RD (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 07824 469 137

Class Times


3yrs – 6yrs   @ 9.30am – 11am

7yrs – 18yrs @ 9.45am – 1pm

Our 3 to 6 years are taught acting, singing and dance in bite size manageable chunks with the same teacher.  All main school classes are taught in age groups, with three different tutors specialising in acting, singing and dance.


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 sixth year.

Lindsey’s journey began in 2006 when she brought her now grown up daughter Ferne to the very first Footlights.  Lindsey loves what she does and has a real passion not only for Performing Arts but also for the transferable skills that children can gain from the Arts. Lindsey also runs Footlights Ashton & Failsworth 

Her daughter Ferne has certainly followed in her mothers footsteps, she runs the Competition teams at Failsworth and two of her own Footlights Franchises in Grimsby & Moston.

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

Staff Profiles

Acting Tutor

Acting Tutor

Julie Power

During Acting your child will learn improvisation, script reading, character analysis, explore new plays, learn about tv and film acting, all within a safe, fun environment. Acting class creates a place where your child can express themselves freely and we will ensure encourage them to be their best self, drawing on their existing skills and teaching them new ones so they can reach their full potential.

You will see their transformation when they perform twice a year, we also offer LAMDA qualifications in acting so you can track their progress.

Read about Julie here

Leah Fisher

Leah Fisher

Singing Tutor

Leah was a student at Footlights Rochdale for just short of 7 years and became a Student Teacher in May 2019. Leah has always had a passion for performing since she was young and has shown great potential throughout her years as a student at Footlights. As well as having a passion for performing, she has always dreamed of being a teacher and having the opportunity to share her talent and knowledge with younger generations. She completed her first year of college on a ‘Performing Arts Level 3 Diploma’ course with a Distinction overall and has taken part in many musical theatre exams such as LAMDA (Grade 5) and University of West London (Grade 6) achieving Distinctions throughout. Leah is beyond excited to begin the role of the Singing Teacher at Footlights and hopes to continue developing her skills and knowledge whilst also helping her students flourish.

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!

Melissa Ryan

Melissa Ryan

Dance Tutor

Melissa began dancing at the age of 4 and has grown up performing on stages all over the UK. She trained in a variety of different genres of dance and has taken exams with Royal Academy of Dance,Trinity Guild Hall. Whilst in full time training, She had a professional dance contract touring Italy for 6 months, where she performed in two shows per night. With over 4 years in assisting and teaching, she is very confident in her ability to provide a fun yet also challenging class for all ages and abilities.

Our dance tutor aims to teach your child brand new skills in dance, commercial, ballet, street and of course musical theatre. Their passion and drive will keep your child engaged and develop their excitement even further in the art of dance. Your child will work on timing, precision and technique as well as choreography, we will tailor her lesson to the groups skill set, so if your child is a little more advanced we will challenge them and if your child is brand new they will be set short term achievable goals to inspire them.


Neill Baglin

Neill Baglin

Tiny's Tutor

Neill 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. Neill 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. Neill’s passion to teach will bring your child’s confidence to life.

What are you waiting for?

Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please email 

Call Lindsey on 07824 469137