Teachers & Staff


Gail Marsden (Principal)

B.Phil. (Hons), LRAD, ARAD, AISTD Modern Dip, AISTD Tap, AISTD National

I grew up in Halifax and went on to train at The Royal Academy of Dance specialising in Classical Ballet. Over the next ten years I danced professionally both in the UK and abroad. I have danced on many high profile TV shows including 321 and Children in Need, and have had walk on parts in plays and films such as Emmerdale, Edge of Darkness, On the Shelf and The Glory Boys with Anthony Perkins and Rod Steiger. I have also appeared in local and national TV advertising. I danced professionally for Ray Cornell on prestigious cruise lines as 'Dance Captain'. Further accomplishments include forming and performing with my own dance group Dance Arena throughout the United Kingdom and Scandanavia and Mediterranean Cruises.

More recently, I have choreographed and danced in the popular Great Ledgends of Rock which included artistes from TV's Stars in Their Eyes such as Elton John, Shirley Bassey, Cher, Rod Stewart, Sedaka, Elvis, Neil Diamond and Cliff!

Although I still maintain my connections with the professional dance world, I have since concentrated totally on the teaching side. I have worked and still work in a freelance capacity although I run my own school.

Over the past 12 months I have been invited to adjudicate several regional dance Competitions.

I pride myself in knowing that I have consistently maintained a 100% pass rate in all students and student teacher examinations.

I would be delighted to be contacted by parents about their children's dance needs (and adults) about their interest in dance and the performing arts.

Rebecca Malinson (Ballet Teacher)

Rebecca Malinson (Ballet Teacher)


Rebecca started ballet at the age of 12. She came to Dance Arena with a friend to join in the Modern dance class, but soon showed a keen interest in ballet. After 6 months of ballet training Rebecca was accepted on to the Royal Winnepeg Ballet School Aspirant Program. When she returned from Canada Rebecca continued her lessons at Dance Arena. She has also spent time in Australia furthering her dance training, where once again on returning to the UK she came back to Dance Arena to pursue a career in dance.

She is now at Advanced standard in R.A.D. ballet, and I.S.T.D. Modern. In 2014 Rebecca completed her R.A.D. teacher training programme. She is now a qualified RAD Ballet teacher.


Imogen Hoyle (Musical Theatre / Vocal Coach)

BMUS (Hons)

Imogen began her musical career at the age of 8 when she joined Oldham Music Centre Junior Girls Choir under the direction of Jackie Hamlet. Throughout the ten years that Imogen was a member of Oldham Music Centre she received vocal tuition from Wendy Andrews and Debbie Oliver, as well as Violin and Viola tuition from Rachel Merrick and Peter Martin, eventually taking the position of lead Viola in the Oldham Youth Orchestra.

At the age of 11 Imogen became the youngest member to be accepted to Oldham Youth Choir, directed by Dr. Eileen Bentley, and over the next 7 years was given the opportunity to compete in the National Festival for Music for Youth and Llangollen International Music Festival, performing at the Royal Albert Hall and completing a tour of Germany. During this time also Imogen studied Piano under the direction of Paul Wilson.

While studying for her A levels in Drama, Music, English Language and Literature, Imogen took part in Oldham Sixth Form College’s productions of Lysistrata by Aristophanes and The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weil and Bertolt Brecht.

At the age of 18 Imogen embarked on a 3 year Music degree at the University of Huddersfield, graduating in June 2008, majoring in Vocal studies. During her time at Huddersfield University Imogen was given the opportunity to perform with the University Choir and Chamber Choir, a student formed group Deice Voce, and played the parts of Mercedes in extracts of the opera Carmen by Bizet, and the title role of Gretel in extracts from Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel, under the instruction on Yvonne Seymour and Rebecca Saunders.

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