Principal and Teachers

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Sarah Bayliss
Principal – Singing, Drama/LAMDA and Musical Theatre Teacher

Sarah trained professionally at Arts Educational Schools London. Her West End credits include; the original company of Mary Poppins, South Pacific, Witches of Eastwick, Of Thee I Sing, Singing in the Rain, Oklahoma, and Copacabana. Other West End shows include Oliver, Sunset Boulevard, and Barnum. Sarah has worked for Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber over the years. She was fortunate enough to work alongside Sir Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear under the direction of Sir Trevor Nunn and Sir Richard Ayr.

Other theatre credits include; Sir Cameron Macintosh Time of our Lives at Bristol Old Vic, the national tour of Evita, national tour of Cats, Tippers at the King’s Head (London), 70 girls 70 with the amazing talent of the late Dora Bryan and the first original national tour of Mark Brambles 42nd Street. Sarah is grateful to have worked in shows alongside Barry Manilow in Copacabana with Gary Wilmot, Marti Webb in Evita, Petula Clark in Sunset Boulevard, Barry Humphries in Oliver and Hugh Jackman in Oklahoma at The National Theatre. Sarah has also appeared in many corporate shows. TV Credits include; Children in Need and Blue Peter.

Sarah has taught extensively at schools in and around London and directed shows such as The Wiz, Oliver, Barnum, and Copacabana. She has also taught at Guildhall School of Acting, Millennium Performing Arts, and Italia Conti. Sarah has been a private singing teacher since 2007. She can enter students in for singing examinations following the board London College of Music. Sarah has had many students take LCM exams from Grades 1 to diploma level.

Sarah is thrilled to have co-founded SJ Performing Arts Plymouth. Sarah is looking forward to passing on her technique and passion for singing, acting, and musical theatre to all her students. She is thrilled to be able to give her expertise to each and every student who hopefully one day will follow in her footsteps.

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Jodie Nicholls
Principal – Modern, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Acro Teacher

Jodie began her training at the age of 4 at a local dance school in Plymouth. Jodie instantly had a passion for performing arts and was very committed to her training. She was awarded a full scholarship at London Studio Centre to study professionally at 18. Jodie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Dance and Theatre.

Jodie has performed professionally her whole life. Credits include; pantomime Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Opera South West as a classical dancer, Grease Cabaret as an ensemble dancer. Jodie has performed at many corporate events. Jodie has danced throughout the UK and in the West End in productions Dance Overture, West End Live, and in the touring company of The Jazz Company. She has worked with many prestigious choreographers including Matt Flint, Emma Rodgers, and Mandy Montanez.

After performing, Jodie wanted to progress with her real passion for dance teaching. As a youngster, this is what Jodie had always wanted to do. Jodie is a fully qualified teacher and holds a DDE (Diploma in Dance Education) with the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance). Jodie is fully qualified to enter students in for examinations in genres Tap, Modern, and Jazz. Jodie is also a fully qualified Acrobatics teacher. She holds the AAC (Acrobatic Arts Certification) teaching certificate. Jodie is qualified to enter students in for Acrobatic examinations. Jodie is always continuing to develop her professional practice to allow her to deliver the best training to her students. She has a 100% pass rate on all student’s examination results. Jodie loves to choreograph and has a real flair in this area.

Jodie is humbled to have co-founded SJ Performing Arts Plymouth. She is delighted to be able to offer her students the best training, opportunities, and support they can receive. Jodie is so passionate about teaching and is looking forward to passing on all her knowledge and expertise to help her students flourish into the best performers they can be. Jodie is looking forward to welcoming you all to our school.

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Amy Colley
Head of Ballet

Amy has danced from the age of 4 and began her training in her home town of Saltash, learning Ballet, Tap, and Modern. Amy continued to train professionally at Stella Mann College in Bedford from the age of 16 and graduated in 2009 with The Stella Mann Performers Diploma.

She progressed to dance in a variety of performances both in the UK and abroad and spent 6 months in Mumbai dancing in Bollywood films and videos. Amy suffered from a recurring ankle injury which meant her performing career was cut short. She then focused her attention on becoming a dance teacher. Ballet has always been Amy’s passion and in 2017 she attained her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance and has Registered Teachers Status allowing her to teach and enter students for RAD ballet examinations.

Dance has always been one of the biggest joys in my life and I love helping students to feel that same joy. I am excited to expand my teaching experience and look forward to nurturing and developing dance skills in all my new students.

Amy is a qualified Level 3 Early Years Practitioner and has trained in Pediatric First Aid, Prevent training, Behaviour training, Anti Bullying training, Safeguarding, and has enhanced DBS clearance.

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Victoria Whiting
Teacher – Commercial, Jazz & Tap Teacher

Vicky graduated from Performers College in 2007 with a Diploma in Performing Arts. She was awarded ‘Graduate of the Year.’ Vicky was lucky enough to perform in numerous theatre productions, corporate events, and for artists such as Beverly knight, The Black Eyed Peas, and Meryl Osmond.

Upon returning to her hometown of Plymouth to get married and to start a family, she began teaching dance in all genres, to all ages, and has done so for the past 12 years. Her students have achieved excellent ISTD exam results in modern and tap, and she has choreographed many festival groups and solos and numbers for various local shows. What she is most proud of, is seeing students excel and gain so much more from dance than just “learning to dance.” Also, seeing many students follow their dreams by continuing a career in the performing arts.

Vicky is very excited to be a part of the SJ Performing Arts Plymouth team and is fully devoted to helping improve and inspire the next generation of dancers with her love and passion for dance.