All of our teachers are fully qualified, insured, first aid trained and hold a current DBS
Jo Paris Principal & Musical Director (AISTD)
Jo was awarded a scholarship and trained as a professional dancer at the Stella Mann College of Performing Arts where she graduated with a Three Year Dance Diploma and ISTD Associate in teaching (with Honors). She has performed on the West End Stage and appeared in various Television Shows dancing along side Ant & Dec and with the former lead singer of INXS, Michael Hutchins. Joanna has been teaching students aged 2-18 years for the last fifteen years and has managed to gain parts for her pupils in many West End Productions, local Theatre Shows and TV Programmes. As Principal Jo has a very active role in the school, Directing and Producing Shows, running the Summer Workshops and teaching Ballet & Musical Theatre She loves the whole ethos of her school and believes she runs an extremely friendly and professional group.
Melitsa Mace Musical Theatre Teacher
Millie trained at Mountview Theatre School where she won three consecutive singing scholarships and graduated with honours. Theatre credits include; Little Shop of Horrors at the Chocolate Factory, Saucy Jack and The Space vixens at The Venue Leicester Sq, The musical Cabaret directed by Matthew White at The English Theatre Frankfurt, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at The English Theatre Frankfurt & Madeleine in Brenda Bly at The Bridewell Theatre London to mention a few. Millie has performed in numerous cabarets and used to be the lead singer in the band Zóe, she has also danced professionally from a very young age competing in ballroom & Latin American. Millie combined her love of cooking and presenting when she recorded alongside celebrity chef James Martin Deck Dates for BBC Worldwide and Uk Food channel. She is very excited to be teaching at PPA and choreographing for forthcoming events.
Jordan Veloso Drama & Singing Teacher
Originally from the small island of Guernsey, Jordan trained at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Acting. Jordan has a wide range of teaching experience across the country and loves bringing stories to life through drama, singing and dance! His theatre credits include: Aladdin in ‘Aladdin’ (The Maltings, Ely) Timmy in ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ (UK Tour), Scarecrow in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (KD Productions Tour), Peter Pan in ‘Peter Pan’ (Hazlitt Theatre), Price Scynthius in ‘Princess Ida’ (Finborough Theatre), Jojo in ‘Seussical the Musical’ (Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Dubai & Singapore), Matthew in ‘Grim: A New Musical’ (Charing Cross Theatre), Michael in ‘Peter Pan the Rock Musical’ (International Italian Tour), Jojo in ‘Seussical the Musical’ (The Arts Theatre, West End).
Kate Weller Dance & Singing Teacher (AISTD)
‘Kate has been happily teaching for the last 12 years. After training at Italia Conti Academy in Barbican she discovered a true love for teaching and hopes her passion for the performing arts comes across in her work. She went on to gain her FDI and certificate in dance education, and continues to train with ISTD. She is a CDET accredited dance teacher and has her safeguarding certificate in child protection with NSPCC. Kate's choreography has appeared onstage at The Palladium, Sadlers Wells, the 02 arena, Royal Albert Hall as well as Disneyland Paris, and many local theatres. Kate is thrilled to teach such talented individuals at Paris Performing Arts and would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication!’
Jessica Pease Contemporary & Troupe Teacher
Jessica trained at Stella Mann College where she was awarded a scholarship and graduated with a diploma in Musical Theatre. She has performed in numerous shows and events both in the UK and abroad including work in the West end, on cruise ships, and numerous tours in the UK as well as Europe. She has also performed for the British Army over in Germany as part of an all singing and dancing trio, having previously toured the show in Spain. She has worked as a Dance Captain, Choreographer and Company Manager for various shows and alongside performing has always loved teaching! She is also a DJ and entertainer at kid’s parties throughout Kent. Jessica still performs but also loves being part of PPA and watching the students grow from strength to strength.
Katie Mitchell Ballet Teacher (AISTD, DDI)
Since the age of 4 Katie has always had a passion for dancing, she completed her training at Doreen Bird College where she received a degree in professional musical theatre as well as an ISTD diploma in dance instruction. After graduating in July 2016 katie has dedicated her career to auditioning for musical theatre and dance based shows as well as teaching at various different dance schools. Katie has been teaching for the past 7 years and loves watching her students improve week by week. As the newest member of the PPA Team she is very excited to be on board and discover what talent our children have.