SEC Centre of Excellence

Children's Dance and Drama Classes in the heart of Liverpool and Merseyside since 1925


It's true that Shelagh Elliott-Clarke Performing Arts School has a reputation for great technique and artistry, but there's no need to feel intimidated. Yes, we achieve it through drill, hard work and practice but also with guidance, development and enjoyment!


"Our priority is to encourage great technique and personal development in a family environment, moving forward together and giving students skills for life. A place to feel confident, lose inhibitions and creatively collaborate. Producing qualities not only as a great performer, but as a great individual."


Principal Suzanne Sharkey



From 2 years of age First Ballet is a great place to start, but whatever your level we offer:

  • Conscientious, qualified teachers

  • First class choreography

  • ISTD, RAD & LAMDA Examinations

  • Regular Master Classes with industry professionals

  • Performance experience

  • One to one coaching

  • Extensive time-table


Chlidren's dance and drama classes take place on Saturday 9.30am- 5.30pm and weekday evenings, attracting children from 2-16 years of age.

Our highly energised Liverpool city centre studios accommodate a comprehensive performing arts curriculum such as ballet, modern, contemporary, tap, theatre jazz, commercial, acro, drama, musical theatre and singing. We have regular external examinations from RAD, ISTD and LAMDA with school shows and demonstrations for that all important performance experience.




Throughout the years we have earned an excellent reputation and have built close links with all national vocation schools such as Doreen Bird, London Studio Centre, Urdang, Performers London, LIPA, and Hammond. Students can also progress onto Shelagh Elliott-Clarke Performing Arts College delivering BTEC & HND performing arts courses.








First Ballet

Join us from 2 years of age.

First Ballet from 2 years of age.


Gifted & Talented Scheme

Extra elite training once a month.

Gifted and Talented Scheme



New for September 2017

Stephen Aspinall


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