Dance and Principal- Lisa Campbell
Lisa is a dance teacher and has been teaching dance and sharing her passion for the subject for 18 years. Starting teaching at 17 Lisa went on to do performing arts at college and then completed a BA Hons in dance. Lisa specialises in contemporary dance, street dance and musical theatre.
After spending many years performing and creating opportunities for young people through her teaching she then completed her teaching degree becoming a qualified teacher. Lisa has spent many years within education teaching dance to students of all ages from Primary School to GCSE and A Level Dance. Winning awards for her teaching Lisa went on to become a Head of Performing Arts within a secondary school.
Drama- Sydney Keough
Sydney studied at Lancaster University where she gained a 2:1 in Drama and Theatre Studies. Sydney went on to train to be a Secondary Drama teacher at MMU and has been Head of Drama at her current school for 4 years. Sydney is an exciting Drama teacher who is completely passionate about Drama and Theatre and wants to instil this passion within Echo pupils. Sydney is very excited to begin her Echo journey with all of you!
Music- Erika Clark
Erika kicked off her musical journey when she was just 7 by playing the piano, dancing and playing the saxophone. Shortly after, realising that she had a passion for singing, she gained a place in the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and spent her youth on the stage singing, dancing and acting. She achieved many ABRSM, Trinity Guild Hall and ISTD exams in all disciplines.
After studying Music, Singing and Dancing throughout her childhood and into her young adult life, Erika went on to complete a B.A Hons in Music at Salford University and then furthering her career by completing a PGCE in Secondary Education.
She went on to persue her lifelong ambition of playing Saxophone for a popular cruise line and after years of gaining professional performance experience, she realised her passions lie within teaching, where she taught Music, GCSE Performing Arts and singing within secondary schools for ten years.
Erika is currently teaching a variety of musical disciplines within both Primary and Secondary schools for Stockport Music Service and thoroughly enjoying the musical process of getting GCSE students prepared for their Music and Singing exams.
Music- Helen Bytheway
Helen Bytheway is a Manchester based vocalist and lead singer of The Horse Puppets and The Retrosettes. Helen graduated from The University of Huddersfield in 2005 and has gone on to write and perform songs world wide.
Her band The Retrosettes were featured in the 2015 film ‘Youth’ with Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. The band went on to tour Europe with Simply Red in 2016 and again with Lindsey Stirling in 2017.
Helen’s song writing continues with The Horse Puppets who have just released their debut album and were set to play at major festivals this year.
While Helen has been doing all of this, she has become a very successful vocal coach for 18 years.
Emelia has had a passion for dance since the age of 10. A late starter, she has subsequently gone on to achieve in the art during her time at secondary school, GCSE, productions, competitions, shows etc…
A performing arts leader, Emelia plans lessons and creates dances for Stockport Academy and various primary school students.
At the age of fourteen she became the first student of Stockport Academy to successfully audition for the Lowry Centre for Advanced Training where she is currently in her 2nd year of pre-vocational dance training.
Alongside Emelia’s technical and physical attributes she has a strong foundation in contemporary and ballet technique, as well as a broad understanding of performance and creative tools.
Her professional attitude, positive work ethic, joyous energy and ability to work within a team has been gathered through her experience of working with various tutors, artists and peers both at school and during her time on the CAT scheme.
Carys has been involved in performing arts since she was around 4. She has been in numerous shows such as Annie, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz and Singing in the Rain. Carys has even done some shows multiple times such as The Jungle Book and Hairspray. At GCSE Carys studied both music and drama. She currently attends Ohana Theatre where she participates in musical theatre.
Laura has studied GCSE dance and drama. She has taken part in numerous shows such as High School Musical, Annie, Hairspray and National Connections in all of these had leading roles. Laura has continued her love for drama and is now studying this in further education.