Miss Debbie

Principal

Debbie Jay Harding is the owner and principal of DJDA. She is a registered teacher of the  PTD (Professional Teachers of Dancing) and holds Associate and Licentiate status aswell as being a Trainee Examiner. Debbie is also a qualified Module one Acrobatic Dance Teacher  and is also qualified in the Progressing Ballet Technique programme. As a youngster Debbie attended Miss Berels classes in Formby before studying for 3 years at the Former Elliott Clarke Theatre College in Liverpool. After graduating Debbie performed as a children’s entertainer on the Stena ferries to France, then travelled further afield to live and work in Japan as a professional dancer and Head Girl and Choreographer on various contracts for numerous months. In 1998 Debbie passed her Teaching Exams with the highest mark of Distinction. Debbie firmly believes that children learn through fun. The correct technique is always taught but in a fun way that the children will remember and understand. Miss Debbie is married with two children, she feels extremely lucky to do a job that she truly adores and is extremely grateful to all the supportive parents that send their children to DJDA.

Abbygail Hughes

Dance Teacher

Abby was trained at the Jean Berel Dance Academy from the age of 3 then taught by Miss Debbie when the Academy was taken over and renamed DJDA. Abby participated in numerous shows and gained fantastic results in all exams genres. Aged 17, Abby passed her Student Teachers exam, then aged 18 she passed her Associate Teachers exam. Abby worked alongside Miss Debbie at DJDA for three years, assisting in numerous classes as well as helping with the admin side. Since leaving DJDA Abby worked on a 6 month contract in Greece for a company called Cornicopia. She travelled around Rhodes dancing in different hotels and venues, and  during the day she worked on the Entertainment team. On returning to the UK Abby successfully auditioned as a showgirl for Ma Kellys Stanley for a Summer season from April 2012 – November 2012. She then performed at “Viva” in Blackpool on various contracts from Nov 12 – Nov 14.  Abby was also head Choreographer in the Summer season 2017 in Blackpool called Ma Kellys Showboat and on occasions  performed herself.  She is also a dancer on the Jersey beats Tour. Abby re-joined DJDA in September 2016. Abby is particularly passionate about dancing and teaching. She recently gained her Tap Associate and Jazz Licentiate qualifications. Abby also teaches  streetdance at an After school club and is the managing Director of her events company On Pointe Productions. Abby is currently settled in Formby with her Fiance, Son and Daughter.