About Starlight Dance & Stage School

Starlight Stage School was established in the early 2000’s and is now owned by principle Charley Marsh.  They have been based at the Deco Theatre Northampton for over two years. This offers Starlight numerous performance opportunities, from the Christmas Pantomime to corporate and charity events held in the Theatre.

We pride ourselves as a performance school and like to give our students as many performance opportunities as possible. We compete in various competitions around the country and have numerous dance students who have gone to train professionally at top London stage schools.

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Charley Marsh, Principal

Charley has been dancing since the age of 4 and professionally trained at Stella Mann College with a level 6 in musical theatre. She has appeared in numerous professional performances around the country, her first professional job was just age six in pantomime with Qdos productions along-side Zoe Ball. When graduating from college, Charley signed with a well-known acting agency and has appeared on BBC 1 and 2 in The Life of Riley, Channel 4 in The Drama Dive and two feature films.

With stage and screen performances under her belt, Charley guides students in all aspects of theatre to a professional level, whilst at the same time understanding the importance of letting children be children and to make sure they have fun whilst learning their craft.


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Sarah Clarke, Teacher

Sarah attended the prestigious Italia Conti Theatre School from the age of 11, completing her GCSE’s in academics as well as in dance and drama. Sarah’s professional work started early, appearing in her first Qdos Pantomime at the age of 5. Sarah went on to appear as Annie in the musical hit Annie alongside Lesley Joseph.

With many professional jobs on her cv, Sarah then trained professionally at Stella Mann College receiving a level 6 in musical theatre.

Sarah is a massive asset to Starlight Stage School teaching all genres of dance and choreographing for the competition team.

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Lottie Franks, Teacher

Lotti teaches part time for Starlight in addition to her full time job as Northamptonshire’s Head of Education for Children in Care. She has been teaching at Starlight for over 15 years and continues because of her passion for dance and supporting children. 

In her spare time, Lotti is also a member of the Northampton Musical Theatre Company and performs regularly with the group at the Derngate Theatre.

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Molly Shipley, Student Teacher

Molly first attended Starlight Stage School at the age of 5, initially in disco classes and competing in many competitions in solos, pairs and group pieces. Molly enjoys all genres of dance and has become an integral part of the Starlight family, making many friends over the years.

Molly trained at Northampton College studying on the BTEC Higher National Diploma. Prior to this, she studied choreography which clearly shows in her teaching style.  We look forward to her teaching more classes at Starlight.

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Ellie-Rose Green, Student Teacher

Ellie-Rose has been a part of the Starlight family since she was 5 years old, growing up learning all styles of dance and musical theatre. When she was 16, she was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Italia Conti Musical Theatre College in London. She trained for three years gaining a BTEC Diploma.

Following her graduation, she has had many auditions and was recently asked to play the leading role of the Fairy in The Deco Theatre’s pantomime in Northampton in 2019. She is now one of our teachers, assisting many of our classes.


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The Deco Theatre
Abington Square