There is something for every adult at LDC – from absolute beginner to polished competitor and performer. We cater for adults of all ages, shapes, sizes and gender. Our learners currently range from 18 – 80+ years so you are never too old to join us!
LDC is led by Alison Marlow. With 25 years’ teaching experience Alison is passionate about unlocking the potential in everyone! Alongside a busy teaching schedule, Alison regularly travels in the UK and overseas, examining, adjudicating and lecturing in dance and musical theatre.
Working alongside Alison is Nicola Haworth, a qualified dance and fitness teacher with many years’ experience. Like Alison, Nicola is a passionate teacher, dedicated to helping learners realise their dance and fitness potential. All her classes are fun, friendly and relaxed. Nicola is also LDC’s social events co-ordinator; she loves to organise regular workshops, trips and themed events. Look out for these throughout the LDC year or if you have any suggestions please let her know!
Meet the team
MSc. (Dist) Dance Science & Education
Fellow & Examiner UKA Dance
British Federation of Festivals Dance Adjudicator
M.I.D.T.A, MRT R.A.D, Dip.LCM, A.V.C.M
For many years Alison enjoyed a varied performing career on stage and television with most notable credits including ‘A Night of 100 Stars’ at The London Palladium, Songs of Praise, Get Your Own Back and Come Dancing for the BBC with partner Howard Donald, now of Take That!
Upon moving into teaching Alison settled in Rossendale, Lancashire and for 25 years, alongside her husband, Chris, ran a successful dance and drama school, Rossendale Dance & Drama Centre, one of the first UK schools to gain Recognised School status from the CDET, the Council for Dance Education and Training.
Since September 2015 Alison has worked as a Dance Education Consultant; a role which encompasses teaching, mentoring, lecturing, adjudicating and examining both in the UK and overseas.
Alison is passionate about nurturing and developing confidence in leaners and performers of all ages and abilities, from the absolute beginner to polished performer. Many of Alison’s students have progressed to full time training at establishments such as Central School of Ballet, Northern Ballet School, Ballet West, Elmhurst, Bird and Performers College.
Alison has recently completed an MSc in Dance Science and Education at the University of Edinburgh specilaising in dance teacher training and education. She is also the author of the amateur and professional UKAdance syllabi for Jazz Dance and Musical Theatre and is currently working on the restructuring of Classical Ballet and Tap syllabus and curriculum.
Alison looks forward to welcoming you to classes at Lancaster Dance Centre – there really is something for everyone!
Associate UKA Dance; BSc (Hons); Licenced Matron and First Aider
From an early age Nicola has been dancing! She trained and competed in Ballroom and Latin for many years as a child and young adult before taking a break to complete her BSc in Psychology.
Alongside her continuing dance and fitness teacher training Nicola has also gained valuable experience in retail management; something which she believes brings a sense of practicality and patience to her teaching! Committed to continued professional development, Nicola also keeps herself busy attending workshops and conferences; most recently completing a Level 1 & 2 Argentine Tango course and a licenced matron qualification for Lancashire County Council.
Like Alison, Nicola is a passionate teacher, dedicated to helping people of all ages and abilities realise their dance and fitness potential. All her classes are fun, friendly and relaxed.
Nicola is LDC’s social events co-ordinator. She loves to organise regular workshops, trips and themed events. Look out for these throughout the LDC year or if you have any suggestions please let her know!