Teacher & Principal

Laura Hayley Emily Deighton

ISTD · UTD · BTEC · RAD Affiliate Member

A warm welcome to our exciting Dance and Creative Arts Company. I started dancing at the age of three and a half with Miss Shirlee Gaston and I'm still dancing, teaching, learning, with as much love, passion and motivation as when I first stepped into the dance studio. I'm proud to say apart from some breaks, it has all been at the same school. From there I quickly added singing and music to my regime.
LCM grade 6 Piano, LCM grade 6 Singing, LCM grade 6 Musical Theatre which allowed me to perform at many eisteddfod's and competitions with great success.
My dancing created the opportunity for me to be a Royal Ballet student and I proudly performed at the Royal Opera House, work shops with the great Wayne Sleep. I toured with the English Youth Ballet in their production of the Nut Cracker. I auditioned & was successfully invited to dance in the Greatest Tap Show On Earth with Derek Hartley at the Bloomsbury Theater London. In between this I also became a GMTV model which then led to some television work in Doctors and two series with Craig Cash from the Royal Family starring Caroline Aherne, filmed at the Granada Studios in Manchester. Manchester must be lucky for me as I also filmed with Jude Law there, a great experience.
Ten years of Professional Pantomime and two children later have brought us to here. What a great journey and I feel the best is yet to come. RAD Ballet Advanced, ISTD Advanced 2 Tap, Modern, ISTD teaching in Tap, Modern and Musical Theatre, BTEC Performing Arts and National Diploma. We have a great team in a great environment and would love you to journey with us, see you soon.


Rhiannon Hughes


I started dancing at the age of two and a half under the guidance of Miss Shirlee Gaston. I started gradually with ballet before progressing onto Tap and Modern. It wasn't long before I realised that this would be my career in some way or another.
I began doing competitive festivals at the age of four and it wasn't long before I had solos in all seven disciplines - Ballet, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Song and Dance, National and Character. At the age of seven, I had gained qualifying marks for the All England Dance Finals, which are held bi-annually in London. It was here I gained a British Champion title which I maintained every other year until the age of sixteen.
At sixteen, I gained a place at the Doreen Bird College, Sidcup, to study a National Diploma in Musical Theatre, where I was trained by some of the most prestigious teachers from across the globe.
Upon returning to Telford, I went onto study for a Higher National Diploma in Musical Theatre, through Staffordshire University, where I gained Distinction across the board. I then went to further my educational path by completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education specialising in Dance and Performing Arts.
After having two children, I decided to change my career path slightly and I now teach dance full time in a nursery and pre school setting.

I'm super excited to be working at the Laura Deighton Dance Company.


Melissa Lauriello


Melissa is a Contemporary Dance artist living in Telford. Having completed R.A.D Classical Ballet Intermediate, Tap and Modern I.S.T.D Advanced 1 certificates during her teenage years, she finished off her training in Telford with a Distinction, BTEC National Award (Dance) alongside 3 academic A levels. Melissa then completed her degree at TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance obtaining a 2:1 BA Hon’s in Contemporary Dance.

Having moved back to Shropshire in 2017, she has dedicated herself to being ML Dance, providing dance classes to as many people as possible, including Mini Ballet, Women’s only Jazz, Adult Tap, Contemporary Technique and Dance for Parkinson’s to name a few. Melissa’s aim is to keep expanding her teaching repertoire and provide classes for as many people as possible.

Melissa is currently teaching the Senior Contemporary Technique and the Adult Classes here at LDDC.


Rebecca Clow

· Classical Ballet ·

Becky trained for 9 years at the prestigious Elmhurst Ballet School in assocation with Birmingham Royal Ballet. She has danced with Birmingham Royal Ballet in their productions of La Fille Mal Gardee at the Birmingham Hippodrome and Theatre Royal Nottingham.
Becky then joined Moscow State ballet and toured theatres and stadiums across Europe and Mexico, dancing in productions such as Swan lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.
She then joined The National Theatre Belgrade in Serbia, (as one of four foreign ladies accepted to the company) performing in the company's full repertoire and dancing roles such as Swanhilda's friends in Coppelia and Lead Cardas in Swan Lake.
Becky is very excited to start working with Laura Deighton Dance Company and share her love of dance with all students.


Joe Porton

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Orignally taught by Miss Laura & Miss Rhiannon, Joe, at the age of 18 was offered a scholarship to study Musical Theatre at The Urdang Academy, in London, were he gained an Honorary Degree.
Since his graduation, Joe has made his professional debut in Mark Smiths Deaf Man Dancing Tripple Bill Contemporary Show, performed on Celebrity X Factor and can be seen in Fast & Furious 9 (2020).
Most recently joe was traveling around the world with Britania and P&O cruise ships as a Singer & Dancer.
Joe is excited to be joining the faculty and working with the students at Laura Deighton Dance Company.