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Starlight Academy

Where Every Child Gets The Chance To Shine


Ballet - Tap - Modern - Acro - Cheer -

Musical Theatre - Singing - Commercial - Lyrical -

Funky Monkeys - Ballet Tots -

 Competitions - Performances

Starlight Academy, Royd House, Ghyll Royd, Guiseley, LS20 9LU

07973 845 208

About Us

Starlight Academy is a dance and performance school based at Royd House, a newly renovated dance and fitness centre in Guiseley, Leeds, founded in 2008 by Melanie Hadfield-Walker and Christine Cade.

We offer a full range of classes, helping to build confidence, strong dance technique and training for the stage.  We have classes suitable for all age groups, from pre school to young adult.

Exams can be taken in tap and modern though the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus.  Classical ballet through the Associated Board of Dance (ABD) syllabus. Acro exams are offered through Acrobatic Arts, and Musical Theatre and Contemporary exams with ABD. Cheer classes following BGU.

We are an accredited Acrobatic Arts school, offering Acro classes from age 5 with Miss Mel, who is one of only 5 UK Acrobatic Arts examiners and course conductors, or Miss Christine who holds her module 2 Acrobatic Arts qualification, or Miss Alison who holds her module 1 AA qualification.  In September 2022, Miss Mel and Miss Christine won the ABD Teachers Shield for graded work, a testament to the high level of training and technique at Starlight Academy.


Other classes include Commercial Jazz, Musical Theatre, Singing, Contemporary, Lyrical, Showstars, Ballet Tots and Funky Monkeys, our specially designed Pre-school program.

We have a successful festival team, competing regularly up and down the UK.  Including students who have qualified to represent Team England in the Dance World Cup in 2021, 2022 and 2023, and to compete at the Miss Dance Grand Final, as well as TDCI World Performer Grand Final.

Starlight Academy has 3 fully equipped studios, reception, coffee lounge, 3 changing rooms, large car park, a lovely friendly atmosphere and professional enthusiastic staff.


january 2023


BroadWay STUDIO         Hollywood STUDIO          WEST END STUDIO              


3.45-4.45   Inter Ballet                4.00-4.45  Jun Acro 

4.45-5.45   Sen Contemporary    4.45-5.30  Jun Cheer

5.45-6.30   Conditioning              5.30-6.15  Jun Acro

6.30-7.30   Advanced Acro          6.30-7.15  Jun/Int Associates



4.00-4.30   Grade 2 Mod     4.00-4.30  Grade 3 Mod 

4.30-5.00   Grade 2 Tap      4.30-5.15   Inter Acro

5.00-5.45   Jun Acro            5.15-5.45  Grade 2 Ballet

5.45-6.25   Inter Cheer         5.45-6.30  PL          

6.25-7.15   Inter Acro           6.30-7.15  Grade 5 Ballet

7.15-8.15   Sen Acro            7.15-8.00   Grade 3 Ballet

8.15-9.00  Sen Lyrical          8.00-8.45  PL



4.00-5.00   Inter Acro            4.15-5.00  Jun Comm

5.00-5.45   Jun Acro              5.00-5.45  Int Commercial

5.45-6.45   Sen commercial   5.45-6.00   PL

6.45-7.45   Sen Stars             6.00-6.45 Grade 4 Ballet     

7.45-8.15   Sen Stretch          7.45-8.15   PL

8.15-9.00   Sen Musical Theatre   8.15-9.00    DWC                           



3.45-4.30    Grade 5/6 Tap     3.45-4.30  Inter Tap

4.30-5.15    Grade 4 Tap       4.30-5.15 Grade 3 Tap

5.15-6.00    Grade 5 Mod       5.15-6.00 Grade 4 Mod

6.00-6.45    Inter Ballet          6.00-6.45  Grade 6 Ballet

6.45-7.15    Pointe                 6.45-7.15  Pre Pointe

7.15-8.15    Inter/Adv1 Mod       7.15-8.15   Grade 6 Modern

8.15-9.00    Senior Associates 



10.00 - 10.30   Ballet Tots age 2+        

10.45 - 11.30   Funky Monkey age 2/3 yrs                      

4.00-4.45  Junior Commercial          

4.45-5.30  Jun Musical Theatre   4.45-5.30  Int Commercial 

5.35-6.30  Int Musical Theatre



9.00-9.30   Grade 1 Mod      9.00-9.30     Funky Monkey 3 yr

9.30-10.00  Grade 1 Tap       9.30-10.00   

10.00-10.30 Primary Ballet   10.00-11.00  Primary Tap/Mod

10.30-10.45                          11.00-11.30  Prep Ballet

10.45-12.00  Jun Stars         11.30-12.25  Funky Monkey 4

12.00-12.45  Grade 2 Ballet   12.30-1.00    Grade 1 Ballet

12.45-2.00    Inter Stars        1.00-1.45    Junior Cheer

2.00-3.30 DWC

07973 845 208

Junior/Inter Associates
Starlight Academy ABD Senior ballet exam students
Starlight Academy Showstars summer performance
Competition team

Meet our team

At Starlight Academy we pride ourselves with staff who are qualified, experienced, friendly, enthusiastic and outstanding in their genre. 

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