Principal Teacher and Studio Manager
Layla has worked internationally as a professional dancer for the past 10 years. Dedicating her life to her love of performing at an early age, she received a full scholarship to continue her training at the prestigious Performers College in London. Graduating in 2012 with a Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre, Layla embarked on a career performing worldwide.
Starting her career on cruise ships where she trained in Los Angeles, Layla was immediately promoted to Dance Captain and went on to work as an Assistant Choreographer and Production Cast Dancer for various companies (MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Crystal Cruises)
Layla has performed as an Ensemble Dancer and Showgirl in theatres in the USA (‘Dance Inferno’ Nevada), Monaco (‘Hooray for Hollywood’ Monte Carlo), China (‘Viva La Broadway’ Macau) and Thailand (‘Alice in Wonderland’ Phuket) under the direction of some of the top choreographers in the industry. When returning to the UK, Layla has worked as Dancer and Dance Captain for multiple pantomime productions and has featured on TV shows for both the BBC & ITV.
Layla has always had a passion for teaching and sharing her love of the performing arts to others and has studied for her ISTD Diploma in Dance Education after completing her practical Diploma in Dance Instruction in Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance. Alongside guest teaching and choreographing for various dance schools around the UK, she recently established ‘Layla Dawn Dance’ providing her very own performing arts classes for all ages as well as an online programme to support this.
Layla is excited to help nurture and inspire the students at DATD to fulfil their potential and explore their love of dance. She has an abundance of experience to share and prides herself for teaching with the same professional standards she has set for herself throughout her career. Layla believes it is always important for her students to have a big smile on their face, not just on stage but in the studio too!