A new performing arts centre that merges Liverpool Theatre School and dance college Studio 76 is set to open in the city.
The training hub, called Liverpool Central Studios, will open in September at the former Alima Centre, which was also a performing arts facility.
It is run by Maxine Ellis, who is principle of Liverpool Theatre School and Studio 76 College and Academy, which she took over in 2018.
Covering 18,000 square foot, the facility includes five dance studios, two acting studios and three singing studios, two of which will be dedicated to one-to-one voice coaching.
Courses will include Liverpool Central School’s existing level-six musical theatre and acting three-year course, and Studio 76’s BTec in dance.
There will also be a new BTec offering in musical theatre, as well as weekend classes for young people aged four to 16. There is capacity for around 100 senior and 100 junior students.
Ellis said: “Liverpool Theatre School is predominantly musical theatre and acting, and Studio 76 was more dance training, so I thought that merging them would mean we’d have the best of everything.
“The facilities we have in the new premises outweigh what we had in both the other premises. The studios are larger and they have lovely dance floors, so I think the opportunities are going to be greater for both the juniors and the college students, because they’ll have a better experience in their training.”