All of our teachers are fully qualified, insured, first aid trained and hold a current DBS
Jo Paris Principal & Musical Director (AISTD, ABD)
Jo was awarded a full time scholarship, training 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 Honours). 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, Contemporary & Musical Theatre She loves the whole ethos of her school and believes she runs an extremely friendly and professional group.
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.
Molly Drop Dance & Musical Theatre Teacher
Molly has recently graduated as a professional dancer from prestigious London Studio Centre, where she received a degree in Theatre Dance. Molly has had a passion for the performing arts from a young age and alongside this has had a growing devotion for teaching. Molly is really excited to enter the performing world professionally and is also extremely thrilled to be joining the PPA team as a Dance & Musical Theatre Teacher.
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. Most recently she landed a professional contract performing in 'The Wizard of Oz' Pantomime as a pro Dancer. Katie has been teaching for the past 7 years and loves watching her students improve week by week. Most recently Katie successfully coached our students through their ISTD Ballet examinations with 100% pass rate and all students gaining a Merit or Distinction.
Rosanna Blackman Musical Theatre Teacher
Rosanna graduated from Middlesex University with a BA in Theatre Arts, training in theatre, film, stand up comedy, directing and writing. She then went on to study Musical Theatre at the Advanced Performers Studio. She first began teaching at Frenchwoods Festival of Performing Arts, New York, running acting workshops and directing musicals. Rosanna is also a professional singer and often gigs around London and the South East in function bands playing at corporate events, weddings and parties. TV, Film & Commercial Credits include; To Trend on Twitter, Bensons for Beds, Almased. Rosanna’s Director and AD Credits include: Bells are Ringing, The Pajama Game, 101 Dalmatians, BIG: The Musical, Pinocchio and The Wonderful World of Dissocia. Theatre Credits include; My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Above the Stag) Pierced (Landor Theatre) A Body to Die(t) for (The Etcetera) Smile (Churchill) Talent 2011( Criterion Theatre) Meet the Clique (Leicester Square) Stand-up Showcase (Kings Head) The Wizard of Oz (E.M Forster)”
Abi Chapman ISTD Ballet Teacher
Miss Abi trained at The Centre Performing Arts College on a three year performance and teaching studies course and graduated with full DDEs in Modern and Tap and DDI Ballet. She went straight in to a full time teaching role where her knowledge and passion lies. She prepares students for ISTD examinations as well as creating and teaching non syllabus classes and choreographing dance pieces for annual shows. Abi works with students from 3-18 years old and fully understands the needs of young children. As the newest member to PPA, she has thoroughly enjoyed her first term with all of the students and is looking forward to coaching them through their ISTD examinations in June.
Tanya Foy Troupe Choreographer
Tanya trained at The Urdang Academy, London where she graduated with a first class BA (Hons) degree in professional dance and musical theatre in 2017. Throughout her training she became a versatile performer, working with many top UK choreographers and now has many styles now under her belt, including ballroom and Latin which she used to compete in all over the country. Most recently Tanya fulfilled her West End debut in 'Rip It Up The 60's' where she starred as a featured dancer for the full run of the show at the Garrick Theatre. Tanya is now travelling and performing all over the world and offering classes and private lessons to our students at Paris Performing Arts when she returns to the UK.