About Us

The Company -
A Recognised School

The Company Performing Arts is a Recognised School with the Council for Dance Education and Training and has been awarded the council's certificate of good professional practice. CDET's Recognised School Award demonstrates to students, parents and guardians that they adhere to the standards demanded by the industry; standards designed to protect and safeguard young people whether dancing for leisure or with an eye to a career in the profession.

Throughout the year our students are presented with opportunities to participate in examinations (ISTD, RAD, LAMDA) competitions and performances. All of our students are invited to participate in our annual production shows, held during our academic year, in a professional theatre.

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Our Principal


Aaron Lissimore trained locally in Essex. Whilst training he was a multiple winner of the Janet Cram, Marjorie Davies Star Tap and Imperial Ballet Awards. He was also the recipient of the ISTD Dancer of the Year award.

Professional credits include ‘42nd Street’ UK Tour, Lead Irish Soloist for both ‘Spirit of the Dance’ and ‘Essence of Ireland’ international tours, Tap soloist in worldwide tours of ‘Fire of Dance’, Celebrity Cruises, ‘Blitz’ at the Royal Festival Hall London, ‘Lily Live’ for ITV plus ‘The Biz’, ‘Blue Peter’ and ‘The Generation Game’ for BBC Television.

Aaron spent 3 years as Resident Dance Director for ‘Spirit Productions’ before being invited to direct and choreograph the worldwide tours of ‘Fire of Dance’ a show that ran for five highly successful consecutive years. Since then he has been appointed as Dance Director for ‘Essence of Ireland’, choreographer of the West End Experience, London, Tap/Irish dance consultant/choreographer for the Thursford Spectacular and has twice created the finale for Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on behalf of the ISTD, RAD and IDTA.

Alongside running The Company Performing Arts, Aaron teaches at Evolution Foundation College, lectures for the ISTD Level 6 DDP course and is director of AJL Theatrical Ltd producing shows throughout Essex.

Aaron’s passion for teaching young people is now the driving force behind The Company Performing Arts. His past and present students continue to win national competitions, appear in theatre, television and film productions and be successful in their auditions for full time dance colleges. Aaron holds his ISTD Fellowship and Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy with a specialism in Tap Dance.

Our Tutors

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Aaron Lissimore

FISTD, Dip Dance Pedagogy

ISTD Tap, Freework Tap, Irish, Boys Tech, DDI/DDE Tutor

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Leanda Shelton


ISTD Modern, Tots, Pre Syllabus, Contemporary, Commercial, Jazz, Freework Ballet

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Stacey Pepper


ISTD Modern

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Sophie Vinter


ISTD Modern, ISTD Tap, Jazz

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Lindsey Smith

BA Hons (Ballet) RAD RTS

RAD Ballet, Pointe

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Jessica Morgan-Beale


ISTD Modern, ISTD Tap, Jazz, DDI/DDE Tutor

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Lou Turner

BA Hons

Acting, Musical Theatre, LAMDA Coaching

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Karen Jacobs

BA Hons

ISTD Lower School Modern and Tap

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Deborah Gilduff


RAD Ballet, Pointe