Studio Teachers

Joss La Porta he/him 

Joss A. La Porta, owner and creative director of the House Of La Porta, is a Liverpool based choreographer, teacher and dance/performance artist specialising in Contemporary, Heels, Vogue and Commercial.  

Joss teaches Commercial for MDI on Wednesday evenings from 8.15 pm – 9.15 pm 


 Manisha Aggarwal she/her 

Manisha has trained in hip hop and street dance for the last 6 years. She started her training at Signature Dance Academy, where she competed and assisted kids street dance. Since then, she has trained in open classes across Manchester and Liverpool. Now, she competes with the LJMU Dance Team and teaches non-competitive hip hop classes. 

Manisha teaches Beginners Hip-Hop for MDI on Tuesday Evenings from 6 pm – 7 pm. 

 Gillian Orrett She/ Her 

Gillian has over 18 years of dance experience teaching Samba,  Breaking, Locking, Commercial, Vogue, Salsa, Bachata and Contemporary. 

Gillian has danced professionally in over 20 different countries at competitions, congresses, festivals and top-class events. She has recently performed alongside Nile Rogers and most recently appeared in the Music video for Los Van Van – Vanvaneo filmed in Cuba.

Gillian teaches Intro to Breaking for MDI on Wednesday evenings from 8 pm – 9pm. 

Helen McCarron  She/ Her

Helen is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. She has been teaching a variety of dance styles over the last ten years and performed for numerous dance companies. 

Helen has performed with Tangled Dance Company, China Pearl, Movema and 12 Degrees North and she is currently performing with the touring show ‘Totally Tina’. Her TV credits include CBBC’s The Dengineers and 8 out of 10 cats does Countdown. 

Helen teaches Beginners Ballet and Intermediate Ballet for MDI on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7 pm – 8 pm & 7.15 pm – 8.15 pm. 


Jen Rees she/her  I Jennie Hale she/her 

Taciturn has been creating honest, open and entertaining performances since 2008. 

Jen & Jen, each with their own technical influences and creative style, lead with connection, flow, strength and efficiency (and a little bit of fun!), touching on their repertory of work with Taciturn.

Jen & Jen each lead 3 weeks in turn of Advanced Contemporary on Tuesday Evenings from 6 pm – 7 pm.