We are based at Haslingden High School, Broadway, Haslingden, Rossendale BB4 4EY on Saturdays 9.45am -1pm, your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, please email to register your child or make an enquiry. Your child can experience the highest standard of classes in acting, singing and dance for FREE whilst you relax and have a coffee with us or leave your child with us and come back at 12.55pm to see their progression and talk to us.

Call Aaron on 07493 622494 or email

Footlights Rossendale is owned and ran by Aaron Doherty and Jack Tubb, this exciting couple come with a wealth of experience. Local Aaron born and bred in Rochdale has been with Footlights for 2 years, his younger siblings having attended one of our schools for five years, so Aaron is no stranger to the magic created each Saturday morning! His partner Jack comes from a family of franchisees, so when the opportunity arose, this dynamic pair couldn’t wait to bring Footlights to Rossendale. They both know what positive effect performing arts can have on a child or young person and are keen to help shape Rossendale’s young actors, performers and stars of the future, and what better place to do it.

See what they say here –

Aaron ‘After being a member of the Corporate Staff Team for Footlights for the last couple of years and seeing what opportunities it has brought to other local towns and communities near us, it only felt like the right decision to bring the Footlights experience to Rossendale where we live. I am extremely looking forward to be working with the children and adults of the community and I am definitely on the lookout for some local talent to put Rossendale on the map!’

 Jack ‘I am extremely excited to be part of the Footlights franchise team after seeing the company grow from strength to strength and witnessing the sheer passion of every member of staff at each franchise for the children they work with.

Does your child dream of being on the West End stage, on TV or even in a film? Maybe they just love performing, they want to share their passion with like-minded children and young people whilst making new friends, perhaps they want to increase their skills base, learn how to act, sing and dance… then Footlights Rossendale is certainly the right place for them.

During your child’s time at Footlights, 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. We know you will want to find the right balance between ensuring your child gets a good performing arts education, has fun and keeps up with their academic studies. This is why your child’s skills of Acting, Singing and Dancing will complement their academic studies plus, at Footlights Rossendale, your child will benefit from the opportunity to take internationally recognised examinations through  LAMDA.  (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).

Footlights delivers quality performing arts training and aims to ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building upon essential life skills and instilling confidence, whilst having lots of fun and meeting new friends. There is also the option for students to audition for professional work in film, theatre and modelling via our agency, Footlights Personal Management (recent successes include Game of Thrones and CBBC series ‘KATY’

Book a free trial today and come down and see for yourself.

Multi award winning Footlights welcomes you and your child to our Rossendale. We have been established since 2005 and our founder, trained actor and teacher  Jo Fisher., maintains a ‘hands on’ role and leads the team at our Head Office in Media City ‘Footlights House’

We have superb progression rates from our schools, with the majority going to performing arts colleges and drama schools.

You will find us friendly, energetic and an encouraging company for your child to thrive in acting, singing and dance. We have robust processes to keep your child safe, our staff have DBS status and we always have a first aider at each of our venues. Please feel free to read our safeguarding policy.

We have high retention rates with over 85% of children at each of our schools staying with us for over 5 years, we also have superb progression rates form our schools with the majority going to performing arts colleges and drama schools.

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

We welcome you to Footlights and hope your child has a long lasting relationship with us – Aaron,Jack & team


Each summer all our children take part in their summer show; It’s a full scale show where parents/carers, family and friends can come and watch their progress.

The Autumn/Winter and Spring term schedules focus much more on skills and technique with a shorter informal presentation at Christmas.  The teaching teams also give written feedback each Easter so you can track your child’s progress. Of course there is an open door policy so anytime you wish to discuss your child’s progress, please feel free to talk to us or use this  form

Class Times

 9.30am  -11am  3 years – 4 years
11.30am – 1pm   5 years – 6 years
 9.45am –  1pm   6 years – 18 years

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

Staff Profiles

Anthony George

Anthony George

Tiny's Tutor

Our Tiny’s Teacher, Tony, has extensive in experience both in the performing arts sector and education. Footlights Tiny’s teacher by the weekend, he is also a full time Primary school teacher to a Reception class in Manchester throughout the week. Tony has toured with children’s theatre companies across the UK, has presented in a line of nationally acclaimed children’s nursery rhyme DVDs and appeared in off-west end musicals. He has written and directed shows for both adults and children, and delivered youth workshops and drama classes to children of a range of ages.

Tony is also a dad to his beautiful 2 year old girl and spends much of his spare time with his family adventuring outdoors, dancing in the living room and reading stories.

During the class your child will learn acting, singing and dance in bitesize chunks of 20 minutes to unlock their imaginations, release their voices and learn rhythm, timing and how to use their bodies to explore dance. In a very safe, fun environment we encourage them to talk expressively in a structured, yet exciting forum, They will be encouraged to be have confidence when socialising and in nursery or school, they will be inspired when taking part in discussions, they will be listened to when building skills in decision making, they will 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 headstart on their peers.

Julian White

Julian White

Acting Tutor

Julian is our drama teacher at Footlights Rossendale. He currently works as a university lecturer, but trained as a drama teacher at the University of London and has spent over twenty years teaching drama in schools and youth theatre groups. Julian loves this line of work and feels it is so much fun and so much of value that can be learnt. Julian has a sheer passion for helping young people to build their confidence and self-awareness. His experience has taught him that drama is one of the best activities for a childs’ confidence and development. He is a big fan of a number of playwrights, especially Harold Pinter and Jim Cartwright, but he also enjoy the energy and excitement of musicals such as ‘Bugsy Malone’and ‘Grease’. Julian is geared up and ready to go and can’t wait to get started!

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. Our aim is to provide the best actor training for your child and they are never too young to start. 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.

Lauren Ward

Lauren Ward

Dance Tutor

Lauren started dancing at the age of 4 at her local dance school until the age of 16. She trained professionally at the prestigious Phil Winston’s Theatreworks in Blackpool She trained in various styles of dance including ballet, tap, modern jazz, street dance and contemporary as well as gaining 2 IDTA Associate teaching qualifications in ballet and modern and the IDTA Anatomy and Physiology diploma. As an international dancer Lauren brings with her a wealth of experience. She has also taught in dance schools teaching classes for ballet, tap and street dance/jazz children aged 3 years plus taking them through their exam grades, choreographing competition numbers and annual shows.  Lauren is now looking to make teaching more permanent and is excited to join Footlights. She loves to dance be it performing or teaching and the achievement she gets is knowing that hopefully she has passed on the passion she has for dance enabling children to express themselves and feel confident in what they do.

Sarah Dover

Sarah Dover

Singing Tutor

Sarah began singing at the age of 8 being one of the first ever girl choristers to be accepted into Durham Cathedral. After 5 years she studied music at the weekend school at the Sage Gateshead and studied singing and piano. Within this time she was awarded distinction in her grade 8 singing and piano. Sarah studied her A levels at Chethams School Of Music and received the prize for most progressed singer in her final year. She then auditioned for Royal Northern College Of Music who now is at the end of her second year studying with the wonderful soprano Jane Erwin. Sarah has two more years to complete her degree in classical singing and then hopes to do a post grad course of music teaching as she loves sharing the past 10 years of her experience with people that want to learn more about singing. She hopes to one day to be on the stage singing classical music such as opera and oratorio works.

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