Midlands AcAdemy of 
Dance & Drama - Est. 1967

Alan Harding

Alan’s early career began as a dancer performing on the most popular television series and specials of the 70s and 80s including The Marti Caine Show, The Two Ronnies, Summertime Special, Snowtime Special, Cilla Black, Little and Large, Ronnie Corbett, Ken Dodd and many more. He also appeared in the West End production of Bubbling Brown Sugar.

Although much in demand as a dancer he made the decision to concentrate his talents on choreography and later, directing. His experience now covers all aspects of the industry from commercials and videos to trade, fashion, television and theatre. He has in the region of 30 theatre shows and in excess of 40 television series and specials to his credit.   These range from children’s television series like Emu’s World; The Fun House and the Children’s Royal Variety Performances to household favourites, Live at the Palladium; The Dame Edna Experience; Summertime Special; The Laughter Show; 321; Tarby and Friends; six series of Barrymore (producer for two) and no less than 10 royal variety performances and galas.

He has worked with a wide variety of stars such as Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Shane Richie, David Essex, Bruce Forsyth, Marti Caine, Jimmy Tarbuck, Brian Conley and Lulu.   His theatre credits include the UK tours of Boogie Nights – The MusicalBoogie Nights 2, the hugely successful Spirit of the Dance, which toured the UK, the USA and the Far East; Rhythm of the Night at Conrad Jupiter’s in Brisbane, Australia, Hollywood and Broadway; Happy Days – The Musical (UK tour); Spirit of Broadway (Chichester Festival Theatre); a summer season starring Jimmy Osmond and The Billy Pearce Laughter Show both performed in Blackpool.

He has choreographed and directed numerous ice shows and pantomimes, everything from Aladdin to the Wizard of Oz starring Cannon & Ball, Ruth Madoc, Cilla Black, Les Dawson, John Nettles, Michael Barrymore, Jim Davidson, Paul Daniels, Russ Abbot, Lionel Blair, The Krankies and many more.

In 2006/7 Alan directed and choreographed the stage show Dancing Queen for The Monte Carlo Sporting Club and the UK tour; the spectacular Indian dance show Red performed in South Africa; and directed and staged the production of Simply Ballroom for the UK tour, South Africa and Dubai.  Some of his latest work includes: The 10th Anniversary UK tour of Boogie Nights, Dancing Queen, Spirit of Christmas at the Falls Casino, Niagara Falls and Reno, Nevada, All You Need Is Love, UK tour and  Le Grande Cirque at The Sydney Opera House, Australia.  Alan then returned to Sydney to stage and direct their new circus production Aerial Dreams, he directed the production of Twist and Shout in Atlantic City, directed and staged the UK tour of Sounds of Hollywood starring Ruthie Henshall, directed and staged Cheek to Cheek at the London Coliseum and the UK concert tours of Steppin’ Out, Puttin’ on The Ritz and Let’s Do It with Anton du Beke and Erin Boag. Most recently Alan has been choreographing A Night at The London Palladium for ITV. 

Alan has directed and choreographed the main production shows for Celebrity Cruises, and created 10 new shows across the fleet of the Millennium class ships. Alan is proud to have created 12 new shows for the Cunard ‘Queens’ and 4 brand new shows for P&O Cruises flagship Britannia.

He has worked as Creative Director and Choreographer for Qdos Entertainment on all their cruise contracts.

Alan also choreographed the UK tour of Benidorm Live on stage following the successful TV series.


Katie Bagshaw

Ballet Tutor

Katie started dancing aged 3 years old. She went on to gain a place at The Royal Ballet School age 11 and later completed her training at Elmhurst Ballet School where she graduated and gained a Level 6 Trinity Diploma in Dance age 19.

Throughout her time at vocational school she danced at The Royal Opera House in The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, La Sylphide and Swan Lake.

Katie began working at the youth company Midland Theatre Ballet in 2013, and after finding her love for teaching she now works full time at The Lisayne Ballet School where she trains The Royal Academy of Dance syllabi to a variety of different age groups.

She is thrilled to be part of the MADD family over the Spring term!

Ryan Lee Seager

Musical Theatre & Jazz Tutor

Ryan-Lee Seager Actor/Director/Choreographer 

West End/Tour/International musicals include Fame, Blood Brothers, Rent, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Seussical, American Idiot, We Will Rock You, The Wedding Singer, Rock Of Ages, Sweeney Todd, Here Come The Boys ( Strictly Come Dancing) and also  27, Streets, Another Way all brand new british musicals. Rock Of Ages (Uk Tour) Resident Director/Resident Choreographer.  Fame (Uk Tour/West End) Associate Choreographer. 

TV credits include The Xfactor, Strictly Come Dancing, The Royal Variety Performance, Bo Selecta.
Tv Commercials Vision Express and We Buy Any Car.

Music Artists- Justin Bieber, Pixie Lott, Beverly knight, Paulo Nutini, Olivia Somerlyn, Kingsland Road, Anastacia.

Stewart Avon Arnold

Dance Tutor

Stewart was one of the foremost black Jazz and Lyrical artists of his generation and the original pioneer of Lyrical Contemporary Jazz in the UK, developing the genre from as early as 1979 to the present day and co founding the first jazz company in the UK called Jazz Theatre London (1980). Trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, his dancing heritage originates with the Martha Graham technique, with the likes of Bob Cohen, William Luther, Jane Dudley and Anthony Van Laast as his teacher/mentors that have been his springboard from which he has developed his unique style and genre, consequently becoming one of our most acclaimed and sought after International Dancer Teacher and Choreographer. For many years Stewart has been constantly involved in a variety of top West End shows, including Wayne Sleep’s ‘Song and Dance’ as a soloist dancer. He was guest choreographer for Wayne Sleep’s dance company ‘Dash’ and danced/guest choreographed for the award winning BBC tv series “The Hot Shoe Show”, joint- choreographer on ‘The Wiz’ at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre, and featured as a soloist dancer in Johnny Depp’s film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Choreographing Pop promo’s for artists such as David Grant, Elton John, Kid Creole, and working exclusively with Kate Bush over the last 30 years. He also had his own dance series on Channel 4, along with Claude-Paul Henry, called ‘Streets Ahead’, and toured Europe along with Anthony Van Laast and Claude-Paul with their own Dance Company called ‘Souls in Motion’ and took his own concept musical ‘Dancing and Singing the Blues’ on the same European circuit directing as well as choreographing the show.