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About Us

Welcome to Bootle Dance Academy​

Founded in Merseyside in 1992, Bootle Dance Academy was originally known as "Dance Steps" and then "JLC Dance" with branches in Southport, Preston, Blackpool.​

Qualifying in 1989, I (Janet) have been fortunate enough to have an amazing career first being coached by Margaret Redmond and Iris Mayers and later working with and being coached by Eric Lashbrooke (Ex work, European and British Champion).

My aim has always been to have a school that is fully inclusive whether your a beginner, wanting to compete or through our Elite Academy train for the profession.

I hope you will find my classes both fun, friendly and informative but most of all fully inclusive.

Principal - Janet Bosson Examiner and Fellow UKA, Fellow IDTA

Aiming for a school that is the best it can be in terms of ability and qualities, means I got to aim high myself.


Since qualifying as an Associate in Ballroom in 1989, I have been homing my craft as a teacher, and performer working has included performances at the Tate Northern, Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Blackpool Tower Circus, as well as appearances on Channel 5, BBC, Channel 4, BBC Ireland, and Japanese TV. Though I started my performance carrier as a ballet dancer in the dance school play age 3 years, some 52 years ago.

But it not all about what you can perform it about understanding how to look after yourself and get the best out of your body so below I have listed my continued development with in the world of dance and fitness.


CELEBRATING  1989- 2019

Commencing her teaching career in November 1989 with the ADA, Janet joined the UKA in 1996 and became a Fellow in Ballroom with them in 2004 and Latin American 2005 and in 2009 she became a Fellow with the IDTA in both Ballroom and Latin American.

Graduates Holding Diplomas

I qualified as an

EXAMINER of the UKA (2005)   

 a Fellow of the UKA in

  • Ballroom in 2004

  • Latin American in 2005

and a Fellow of the IDTA in

  • Ballroom in 2009

  • Latin American 2009

other Dance Qualifications

Licentiate Level

  • Club Dance (Salsa), UKA (2019)

  • Classical Sequence, UKA (2018)

  • Freestyle (Disco), IDTA, (2009)- UKA (2003)

Associate Level​

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll, IDTA (2009)

  • Street Dance, IDTA (2009)

  • Cheer leading IDTA (2009)

Registered Teacher Level.

  • Argentine Tango, UKA (2010 updated 2017)

  • Swing Dance, UKA (2018)

  • American Smooth n Rhythm, UKA (2005)

  • Oriental Dance UKA (2006)

  • Belly Dance Instructor - BDC (2018)

CPD in Dance

  • Dance Skills - Open University (2017)

  • What is  Biomechanics - dance knowledge​ (2017)

Speech and Drama

  • City & Guilds- English Speaking board Level 1 and 2 (1984/5)

Fitness Qualifications

Level 3

  • Personal Trainer 

  • Pilates Instructor,


Level 4

  • Diet and Nutritional Adviser,

  • Weight Loss Coach.

Yoga & Mediation

CTAA Accredited

  • Yoga Instructor

Mediation Alliance International Certified

  • Pranayame Course (2021)

  • CMT 100 Meditation Teacher (2021)

CPD in Sport

  • Three Principal of Coaching - Open University

  • Working with Young People in Sport - Open University

  • Inspiring Positive Behaviour in sport - UK Coaching

  • On-line Fitness Coach Certification -  Online Trainers Federation

Jumping Rope

and a former jump rope (skipping) choreographer and trainer  

Academic Teaching Qualifications

Level 4

  • English as a Foreign Language Teacher

Level 3

  • Early Years FS Teaching - CPD Certified

  • Teaching Assistant - CPD Certified




Member of the Guild of Professional Teachers of Dance

DBS Checked 


Through Due Diligence via the IDTA (updated in April 2021)

First Aid Kit

Safeguarding, Health and Safety


  • HSGF - Food Hygiene (Updated April 2021)

  • CSTF - Fire Safety (Valid till 16/4/22)

  • CSTF - Safeguarding Children level 1and 2 (Valid till 15/4/24)

  • CSTF - Safeguarding Adults level 1and 2 (Valid till 15/4/22)

  • CSTF - Health, Safety and Welfare Training Course (Valid till 27/4/24)

  • BDC - Equality and Unconscious Bias 

  • Lancashire Safeguarding - Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness

  • Sports For All - UK Disability Inclusion Training

  • UKAD - Clean Coach

  • UKAD - Accredited Advisor 

  • Blackpool Council - Dementia Awareness

  • First Aid

Covid 19


the courses I took during lockdown​

  • ePROTECT Respiratory Infections (EN) - World Heath Organisation-Heath Emergency Program 

  • Covid -19 Tackling the Novel Coronavirus - The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

  • Emerging Respiration viruses, including Covid 19: Methods of detection, prevention response and control. - World Heath Organisation-Heath Emergency Program

Dancing Times

Dance Today Teacher of the year 2017

I was runner up wow!


I am a former Zumba instructor and was licensed to teach these classes from 2010-2020.


  • Zumba Basic Instructor,

  • Zumba Circuit,

  • Zumba Core, Gluts,

  • Zumba Burst,

  • Zumba Indian, Caribbean, and Brazilian.

  • Zumba Plate



  • BBC’s “Holiday of a Lifetime” with Len Goodmen and Anton Du Beck,

  • BBC Radio Lancashire “Gilly lights up the coast”,

  • BBC Ireland- “Beyond a Joke”, with Roy Walker

  • BBC Points of View,

  • BBC News Round,

  • Channel 5 “Tim Marlows Art Show”,

  • Channels 4 “Four in a Bed”,

  • Japanese TV – “Holidays with Tram Journeys “ 


My work with Disabilities and Dementia (through JLC Dance ) in particular has been recognised and written about in the book “The Unlikely Dancer” by Hazel Rae Minnick, as well as having articles in the IDTA Magazine and local newspaper.

This is me pictured here second left with a number of my dancers and Alzheimer’s Ambassador Anne Nolan. (of the Nolan sisters)

Working closely with Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Our school have helped run a number of events to promote dementia awareness, and I have run “Silver Tea Dances” and “Seated Dance Sessions” for people with disabilities, especially those suffering from Dementia for over 20 years, working with Sefton, Lancashire and Blackpool Councils.

I was head judge on the Our Blue Light “Strictly Come Dancing” promoting mental health awareness within the emergency services in 2017. pictured here with Phil Winston and Liz Murphy


And I was also part of the team working on the Blackpool museum project with Blackpool Council.

I am pictured here with Greame Hiles and Laurence Llewelyn- Bowen at the launch Show in the Blackpool Tower Circus 2019


Having lost my hearing as a young adult 28 years, I wears BAHA hearing aids. Find out more
Without hearing aids I have about an 98% loss of hearing, with them I can hear as well as most people.
This means I am in a great place to teach you if your deaf or have any other disability as I am sensitive to your needs.

Email me on prodanceservices@gmail.com to discuss learning to dance,
(I have basic, "very basic" BSL as I did not grow up in the deaf community)

About My Deafness