Dance and Cheer

Rachael Cleverley


Rachael (Anita’s Daughter) trained at the school until she was sixteen when she was accepted at the Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre where she studied for three years and gained her teaching qualifications. 

Rachael has her ISTD Modern, Tap, National and RAD Teaching certificate, having also worked with top choreographers in her career such as Wayne Sleep & David Needham.  Rachael is also qualified in Acrobatic Arts.

She danced professionally for eight years doing Cruise ship work, Commercial Theatre and ‘Spirit of the Dance’ before joining the teaching staff in 2000.

Kelly Bennett


Kelly has an A level and Btec Dance up to and including DDE in ISTD Ballet modern and tap taking licentiate modern in November.

Kelly worked her way through the grades in RAD and ISTD  and has attended workshops with Wayne Sleep at The English National Youth Ballet and was trained at The New English Contemporary Ballet School in Nottingham with top choreographers from the RAD for a year.

Kelly then attended NLDA (North Liverpool Dance Academy) to get her teaching qualificactions

Elizabeth Walker


Elizabeth learnt to Dance with The Anita Murray School of Dance from 3 years old.  

It was at the school where she now teaches that she took and passed her Modern, Tap and Ballet exams with us before attending Preston Dance College.  We're always very proud when a former pupil returns to us as a Teacher.  At The Anita Murray School, loyalty like this is very important to us.

Elizabeth has also got her Foundation degree in Dance Teaching In The Private Sector and is working towards her full BA Honours. 

Alicia-Pariss Fairclough


'Building from the ground up' Its the only recognised cheerleading qualification in the UK and Alicia has passed all levels 1-5; the highest qualification in 'Cheer'.  

Previously, and since 2010, Alicia was the 'Hunters Cheerleading Head Coach and Programme Director'; choreographing and leading athletes from 5 upwards, mentoring and supporting new coaches, managing contracted coaches and liaising with event providers  

Ashleigh Turner

Ashleigh trained at the Anita Murray School of Dance, taking all her ballet, tap and modern exams wi

Ashleigh trained at the Anita Murray School of Dance, taking all her ballet, tap and modern exams with us. 

She then went on and studied professional dance and teachers of dance at Preston Dance College, where she gained her DDI modern and is currently working toward completing her teaching qualifications in modern and tap. 

Ashleigh is passionate about dance and loves inspiring young dancers. 

Janine Konczak


Janine has acquired her ISTD, RAD and qualifications in addition to a Ba Honours degree in Ballet.

Having learnt her trade on an international level, travelling, studying and working in Norway, Canada and Dubai in the last 5 years, Janines qualifications are numerous and she has taken a decision to return to her roots by coming back to the North West, having studied at The North Liverpool Dance Academy 

Voice and Drama


Susan Mackay

Susan taught at The Fylde Stage School  for ten years; teaching all levels of RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern dance before graduating from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she was awarded the James Bridie Gold Medal for excellence in performance. 

After many seasons in Repertory Theatre, touring in musicals and TV and radio work she decided it was time to realise other dreams.  She now directs Upstage Drama teaching voice and performance skills, GCSE Drama and Bare Boards Theatre company. 

Susan is also an international adjudicator who has worked at Drama festivals all over the world. She is a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals and has served as a deputy on the Adjudicators Council. 

Susan sees her role as a teacher and mentor as a combination of bringing new ideas and approaches to text and performance as well as giving fresh encouragement to every student she has the privilege to teach. 

She is very proud of all her students who have achieved 100% passes in Lamda examinations over many years. Many students are now making a name for themselves in West End shows, theatre companies all over the world, films and TV productions or teaching in schools and performing arts colleges. 


Lou Molloy

Lou has worked in the theatre and music industry for over 20 years. After graduating university with a Music Degree and studying Musical Theatre, Lou went on to write, direct and perform in the fringe theatre scene in London, working with some of the top directors in the business. 

This led on several tours including Evita, Rocky Horror, Vincent, We will Rock You, Les Miserables and being Creative Musical and Vocal Director for a successful, professional touring musical theatre company.

As well as Musical Theatre, Lou has worked in the rock music industry as a performer and voice coach, working both in the studio and on tour. Lou holds the skills, professional training and passion to coach, train and develop voices in all aspects of the musical spectrum. This has lead to Lou being one of the most experienced and sought after voice coaches in the North West. A large number of Lou's clients have gone on to some of the top drama schools, securing work in the West End, film and television. 

She has also worked as a voice over artist and session musician for film scores and is also currently working with DMC Media as a resident actor. 

Lou is also a singer/songwriter and is looking forward to recording her first album in the studio. 

She is also soon to be in a web series of 25 episodes as the lead as well as the lead in an independent film whilst also writing the soundtrack. 

Lou has a keen interest in engaging young people within the community to facilitate and inspire young people to explore and create projects of their own, ultimately giving young people skills and confidence to share and explore their experiences in today's world through the medium of theatre, dance and music. 

Lou is very excited to help create an artistic hub where young people are free to create and express in a supportive and professional environment. 

As well as her Music and Theatre Degree, Lou is a qualified youth worker and mentor which is a qualification accredited through Liverpool John Moores University.

Lou has worked extensively with young people from difficult social and economic backgrounds and worked in communities where young people have never had access to these kinds of learning objectives and opportunities. Lou is very passionate about sharing and working with an organisation where she could use her knowledge and experience to really enrich and impact young people and others alike to create a real community buzz and a hub of exciting new ideas.