About us

Z Studios formally known as Dolphin Dance Studios was established in 1997 in Liverpool’s City Centre and specialises in Jazz and Musical Theatre.

Our idea was to break the dance training mould and bring new and inspiring blends of commercial and street jazz to our students. Dolphin soon became rapidly influential in the North West changing the perception of dance, and still leads the way for students to gain the knowledge and experience to pursue a career in the profession. Studios supplies dancers for TV, Music Videos, Film, Cabaret, Promotional tours and many other professional events.  We feel that all students should gather these real experiences during their time with us to bring them closer to the professional world.

Our studios continue to grow from strength to strength, creating waves in the industry and remaining the ultimate performance training environment in the North West.

Listed below are a selection of graduates and work they have pursued showing the versatility of the training offered.

Richard Leeson :- Dirty Dancing, High School Musical (West End and National Tour) Across the universe (Film - Julie Taymer, director of The Lion King)

Daniel Keen :- Justin Lee Collins Show (Channel Five), Cheryl Cole backing Dancer, Across the Universe (film)

Josh Wharmby :-  X-Factor featured dancer, backing dancer to Nicole Scherizinger, Little Mix, Rita Ora.  Featured Dancer for the 2012 Opening & Closing Ceremony.

Lucy Clavis :- Royal Caribbean - Line Captain

Nicola Hart - The Light Princess (National Theatre, London), Katie Swift- Chicago (National Tour, New Zealand), X Factor (New Zealand), One way or another Music Video (One Direction).

We are very proud that their graduates have continued to work in their chosen profession in West End musicals, Commercial, Cruises, Corporate and Cabaret shows.

Many students are currently working for Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruise Lines, NCL, Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises and Disneyland Paris.

Ian Oswald :- Featured role in Pirates of the Carribean 3, Starlight Express (Germany), Chicago (National Tour), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (West End)

Donna Raschke :- Lido de Paris (Bluebell Dancer),Van Cleef & Arpels Diamonds tour (New York, Beijing & Moscow). Model for M&S and John Lewis, Casinos (China, Greece, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia)

Our Patrons

Sally Lindsay 


Will Brenton  Writer/Producer/Director

Willy Russell 

Composer, Playwright, Novelist, Songwriter.  

Ken Dodd O.B.E 


Ricky Tomlinson



Liz Kendrick


Jane Joseph

 Theatre Producer

Zak Phillips-Yates


Zak trained at Dolphin Dance Studio and took over as manager in 2016 after 15 years performing and choreographing all over the world.
When Beverley Edmunds decided it was time to hand over the studios she asked Zak first, who jumped at the chance to continue her dream.

Now as the new owner of Z Studios, Zak aims to continue the great work Bev started and take the studios to the next level.