About Us

Mclaren Dance Company has been established since 1978, offering Elite training in graded dance classes for exams, open group dance classes and private lessons at the studio in Rawtenstall and teaching a high standard of R.A.D Ballet exams and N.A.T.D Tap Exams with ninety percent of pupils gaining distinction.

We teach all aspects and styles of dance for all age groups, and many of our pupils who have trained with us have gone on to dance professionally. We are sure that we will have a class to suit you.


Doing shows is a very important part of our school. We like to give the children lots of opportunities to perform on stage, with most of our shows being performed at Burnley Mechanics.

We are constantly teaching the children new numbers to keep it fun and exciting.

All the children love doing the show work, and the age ranges between two years and nineteen years.


Our wide range of classes are designed to offer something for everybody, no matter what dance style, or what age!

If you're a beginner or an advanced dancer, there's something for everybody.

For those looking for private lessons - we cater for you too - our private lessons can cover any dance style you choose.

  • Tiny Tots Ballet and Tap
  • Rad Ballet and Tap Grade for all ages
  • Street Dance
  • Limbering / Tone
  • Show / Musical Theatre
  • Intermediate RAD
  • Pointe Work
  • Body Conditioning
  • Jumps And Turns
  • Contemporary
  • American Jazz Technique
  • Musical Theatre
  • Cardio Stamina
  • Adult Bikini Body Workout
  • Masterclasses With Guest Teachers
  • Wedding Dances

What Our Pupils Say:

I love dancing at the McLaren Dance Company because I get to see my friends and I learn lots of different styles of dance my favourite class is Hip-Hop. Miss Danielle is always really kind and helps me a lot she is the best teacher in the world.

Destiny Andrew

I have been going to Debra's for 6 and a half years, I really enjoy Hip-Hop and I also enjoy ballet. I have learnt a lot of tricks since I've been there, like splits, cartwheels , walkovers and am currently learning to do a handspring.

I have met many friends there ,and I love Miss Danielle - she is so kind to me. Thank you Miss Danielle and Miss Debra.

Evie Dootson

I come to Debra's because I like talking to my friends and learning new dances. Tap is my favourite and I go to dancing 4 days a week.

I also like doing competitions.

Emily Winnard

I came to Debra McLaren's when I was 4 and I always enjoyed coming. When I was 7, I started competitions and I won my first ever competition with a Lyrical Dance!!

My favourite lesson is Ballet and I love going to see all my friends.

Lilly Holden

I love dancing at McLaren Dance Company and have been dancing there since I was two. I'm now fifteen and in the past year, I have started competing in modern, ballet, character, Greek, lyrical and am now beginning to learn a national dance.

Thanks to Miss Debra and Miss Danielle, I am happiest when I'm dancing! They have helped me to improve and boosted my confidence massively! I hope to be able to spend my life dancing and it's thanks to Miss Debra and Miss Danielle!

Thank you!

Eleanor Broderick