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Our Academy Teachers


Ashleigh Balmer

Founder/ Principle 

Hi I'm Ashleigh! 

At the age of three I put on my first dance shoes and no one has been able to get me out of them since! From festivals, competitions, shows, pantomimes, and exams I couldn't get enough. I knew from a young age I wanted to share my passion with the world and therefore was determined to educate myself on how to teach performing arts. 

Throughout my childhood and 20's i have successfully completed exams in various styles of dance and drama as well as performed in numerous shows and performance throughout the UK and Europe. 

After successfully completing a PGDE Teaching Qualification in Dance at Liverpool John Moores University as well as a Degree in Dance, Drama and Performing Arts at Edgehill University. I decided to open my own Dance Academy focusing on inclusivity, learning new skills, a love of music and fitness.

As well as my expansion of my Dance Academy my work also includes working in primary and secondary schools not only within Dance and Performance but includes writing programmes of work, delivery and co-delivery of social and communication groups as well as parent groups.  (Sefton and Liverpool Schools)

Kirstie Rhianne


Hello everyone, my name is Kirstie.
Just like all of you I went to a dance school similar to Ashleigh’s Dance Academy when I was younger and I fell in love with dance. I did every class I possibly could, and took every opportunity to attend competitions, shows, and performances. My training included many dance styles from Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary to Commercial and Street Dance. As I got older, I decided to study Dance and did GCSE Performing Arts and A Level Dance. I’m now currently working towards a BA (Hons) Dance degree at Edge Hill University. I love to teach and have taught at other community dance schools across Merseyside. I can’t wait to meet and dance with all of you!


Jessica Johnson


Jessica Johnson is a highly skilled dancer currently working and training with Jelli Studio's Liverpool. 

Miss Jessica has previously performed in various shows and pantomimes including the dance world cup and completely exams in various dance styles.

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