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Terri Bowen


Terri Started dancing at the age of 4 in Kent. After a Childhood of Dance Festivals, Exams and Pantomimes, I then attended the Andrew Hardie Dance School in South Kensington, London for 3 Professional dance training. After passing my I.D.T.A Teaching Exams I auditioned for Professional Dancing Contracts which lead to work in Tenerife, South Africa, South Korea, Portugal, Summer Seasons, Pantomimes, UK Tour of ‘No No Nanette’, Cruises in America & Alaska, TV Work and a member of Dougie Squires 2nd Generation. Quodos Productions asked me to become their choreographer but I turned it down to work as Head Dancer aboard P&O ‘SS Canberra’ where I worked for 5 years and a member of the original Stadium Theatre Company. After a vast experience of the Performing Arts I opened my Dancing School in 1991 and now love passing on my knowledge to many inspiring dancers.

Nicola Bowen

Principal & Company Co-Ordinator

Nicola graduated from Italia Conti Arts Centre in July 2013, having previously been a pupil at the school since the age of 2 and a half. During her Professional career Nicola has worked for Merlin Entertainment, BBC Children in Need, Jonathan Heaven Productions, 5 Star Live and Warner Leisure Hotels as Dance Captain. While dancing for Warners she gained her Shallow Water Aerobics qualification and Gold Certificate in Fitsteps. Nicola now teaches all dance genres and ages at the school and is a fully qualified member of the IDTA holding 4 Diploma's with Distinction, 5 Licentiates with Distinction and 4 Fellowships with Distinction. She is also an Acrobatic and Aerial Arts Certified Teacher.

As well as teaching all genres and ages Nicola is also our Company co-ordinator where she is responsible for coordinating choreography, competition entries, rehearsals and schedules and liaising with parents on all aspects regarding the competitive team.

In October 2023 Nicola became Principal of the school alongside Terri.

Melissa Angove

Company Choreographer & Teacher of Ballet & Modern Jazz

Melissa graduated from ‘Performers College’ in Essex as a qualified teacher with the I.S.T.D. Melissa has worked professionally on UK tours, pantomime, corporate events and on several exclusive cruise ships as a dancer/aerialist. Whilst onboard, Melissa also held the roles of company manager and dance captain for several years. Furthermore, Melissa has also choreographed for several shows overseas. Melissa teaches all ages within the school and has won awards for her choreography.

Danielle Waldron

Stage School & Audition Preparation

Danielle graduated from The Urdang Academy with a National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre and an ISTD teaching qualification in Modern. Her first job upon graduating was in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' where she played a Beauxbaton Girl. She went on to perform in many West End Shows and UK Tours including Grease, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, White Christmas, Aladdin and Singin' In The Rain. Danielle now enjoys teaching students the performance skills and technique they need to achieve their dreams.

Nicky Bacon

Festival Choreographer

Nicky is an ISTD “ Fellowship” qualified teacher in tap and modern and also teaches ballet, jazz, conditioning and stretch classes

She ran her own academy for 16 years from 1990-2006 before starting her own family.
Nicky danced professionally back in the 80’s appearing on many TV shows, West End musicals and cabarets..
She has taught at several leading dance schools and colleges inc GSA, Italia Conti, Mountview, Sylvia Young, Jayne Coleman Academy, Arnould School, Red Shoes, Susan Robinson School of Ballet and many more over the years
She is excited to share her wealth of knowledge and experience with the TJ students and looks forward to creating some wonderful pieces for future festivals, shows and competitions

Hannah Keast

Voice & Singing Teacher

Hannah trained at The Musical Theatre Academy in 2011. Having trained with the Head of Voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company her approach too singing is about ensuring the fundamentals are safely in place to allow young performers to grow in confidence and ability. 

Having recorded multiple albums, sung with Katherine Jenkins and the Macmillian Centurion Gala at the Palladium, along with various other shows like “Tommy, Leah’s guide to winning the lottery” and more. She is excited to be joining the team!

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Terri Jayne Theatre Arts
The Dance House, 38 Guildford Road,
Lightwater, Surrey GU18 5SN