About Us

The Stage Factory was established in February 2005 is a run by Helen Pender AISTD, a former professional dancer and singer. We offer classes in ballet, tap, modern, street dance, musical theatre and acro dance for children aged 5 upwards plus our very popular “Stage Babies” class for children aged 3 to 5. We also have an Adult Tap class.

The school provides professional dance and theatre training in a fun, friendly but disciplined environment. All abilities and needs are catered for from the “once a week” child, who just wants to enjoy dance as a hobby, to those who wish to pursue a career in dance. Former pupils have gone on to study dance and musical theatre at some of the top vocational colleges in the country, including Bird College, Performers College and SLP College, and have also gone on to study dance at university to degree level.

Attending classes at The Stage Factory helps to build a child’s confidence and performance skills, as well as improving musicality, co-ordination, flexibility and general fitness. Although we encourage all pupils to shine individually, we also instill strong teamwork values and sportsmanship.

Every year, pupils have the opportunity to be part of our very successful competition team who have won several major titles including “Senior Tap” and “Junior Classical” champions at the British Troupe Championships in Wrexham and “Mini Kidz Overall Winners” at That’s Showbiz Group Dance of the Year Final at the Blackpool Opera House. In 2015, one of our tap groups successfully gained a place in “Dance Proms 2015” at the Royal Albert Hall which is a prestigious event in the world of dance and attended by many dance celebrities.

Once a year we perform our school show at the Theatre Royal, St Helens and are proud to have gained a strong reputation for producing “slick”, “entertaining” and “professional” shows. We also offer examinations in ballet, tap and modern with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) who are accredited by Ofqual and have a 100% pass rate.

The Stage Factory has grown from a small school of 4 classes per week to a large, successful, title-winning school offering 40 classes per week in the space of 13 years.  Through a lot of hard work and commitment, we have established ourselves as one of the top dance schools in the area.

Contact us now to arrange a trial class for your child and be part of the ever growing “Stage Factory family”!