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Our Principal

Ann Atherton

Ann joined Topaz in 1995, becoming the head of the Theatre Branch, before taking over the running of the entire school in 2009. 

Trained in Liverpool Theatre School, Ann undertook a career as a performing cabaret dancer, working across the globe, from South Korea to Milan, Japan to Skegness! She also took on many walk on TV parts, featuring in Brookside, The Name of the Father, The Beat Goes On and D Mob.

After hanging up her performers' hat, she settled back home in Liverpool and established the Topaz Theatre Branch in her native Garston, as well as working with Liverpool Education Authority in Adult Education. Over the years Ann has developed Topaz into one of the best part-time dance schools in Merseyside, and has even received awards such as Best Club/Class for age 4-7 from Family Go Live magazine!

Ann is proud that she has trained a large number of her students from a young dancer through to becoming performers and teachers in their own right. Our very own Miss Kate, Miss Amy and Miss Hayley are just a few of these, and are still with us here at Topaz as well as setting up schools of their own. 

Meet the Team

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