Train with the best
We are one of the very few specialist Performing Arts centres outside of London offering not only expert tuition but also pathways into the industry through our extensive network & career advice. We believe you no longer need to be indebted for a London training.
Our permanent teaching staff is complemented by guest tutors currently working both internationally and in the UK. Together with our creative team they offer a wealth of experience & insight into the world of Performing Arts. We also work closely with consultants and agents who ensure educational, technical & creative development is assured and attained at the highest level.
Fellow & Examiner SDTA, AISTD, MBTDA, Dip Alvin Ailey New York
Sheridan Nicol is known and respected throughout the industry as a Director, Choreograher, Teacher and Producer. She is recognised for her unique style and high technical standards, she is a tour e force in promoting the Arts in the Shires and attracts students to Jazzarts Centre in Motherwell from throughout the country
As a Director/Choreographer has staged hundreds of projects worldwide in all aspects of dance culture.
Company commissions for London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Dance Theatre and Founder/Artistic Director of Jazz Art UK.
Staging credits include; Glasgow Pavilion Theatre for 12 years, European Tours of La Cage Aux Folles, Welcome Home to Scotland Convention for the World Rotary Association.
TV credits include: Taggart, Saturday Show, Pebble Mill at One, BBC Children in Need and TV in South America, Madrid and Seville.
Video credits: Wet, Wet Wet, Stock, Aitken and Waterman and Nineteen Management.
Founding Director of Dancebase, Edinburgh.
Artistic Director of Scottish School of Musical Theatre.
Guest teacher/CHOREOGRAPHER – ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE of SCOTLAND.
Theatre and Television credits:
As a Director and Producer she has staged television specials for networks throughout Europe and the Americas. Her unique style of production has been syndicated by several international networks during the last decade.
Recent credits include HIGHLAND HEARTBEAT for PBS New York, Eurovision Dance Contest BBC , Magic Shoes (Schindler Productions).
2017 saw her work throughout Spain and it’s islands on summertime TV specials and she is off to NYC in October to work on a new Latino reality show .
MSDTA, Arts Educational Dip.
Joanne is a graduate of the Arts Educational Theatre schools in London. She has been dancing since the age of 3, first with the Clark Theatre School and then the Dance School of Scotland.
After touring professionally both as a dancer and an actress, Joanne set her sights on the launch of her own Theatre Company – Arkeen, now in its thirteenth year. Under this banner Joanne has enjoyed directing and performing in a considerably varied repertory;. Arkeen Theatre produces the Annual Panto at the New Lanark World Heritage village and asks guests of the Hotel there “Who Dunnit?” – as part of their regular Murder Mystery events.
Joanne was assistant choreographer for Cinderella at the Glasgow Pavilion 3 years ago and joined the team at the Palace Theatre Kilmarnock as Choreographer 2years ago. Currently Joanne is the Artistic Director of the Artsnet Outreach and Festival Projects (for South Lanarkshire Council Education Dept.) and Associate Director of the Scottish School of Musical Theatre.
Caroline started her training in Edinburgh, where she trained at the Dean Academy as a classical dancer and obtained her ARAD, AISTD. She spent 13 years in the dance industry working as a professional dancer. During her career Caroline danced in many theatres across the world with lots of different dance companies. At the age of 34 she decided to come back to the U.K and study for 2 years with the Royal Academy of Dance to become a teacher and obtained her CBTS.
Caroline is a freelance teacher, teaching throughout Central Scotland. Jazzart is her main base where she teaches part time and full time students.
A former pupil of the Clark Theatre School, Gillian trained at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, graduating with a BA Dramatic Studies and PGCE (Drama). Her varied career has allowed her to work as an actor, director and choreographer, performing and taking shows, with and for young people, to the Edinburgh Festival, London and USA. She has worked extensively in Arts in Education for Scottish Opera and MacRobert Arts Centre, including presenting educational radio for BBC Radio Scotland. She has been actively involved in South Lanarkshire Council’s Artsnet project for a number of years and recently Arts across the Curriculum initiatives. She is currently Cultural Co-ordinator for Glasgow City Council.
Amy began her training at the Dance School of Scotland on the musical theatre course. She was the first recipient of the International Fellowship Award, which involved travelling to Sydney, Australia, to study at the Mcdonald College of Performing Arts. She then gained a place at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, where she completed the BA (hons) Musical Theatre course.
Recent credits include Sharon in “WAG! The Musical” London, Sybil in Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” on board Adonia for P&O Cruises. Other shows on board include; Tuxedo Junction, West End West Side, Reel to Reel, Songs From 88 Notes and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Previously, she appeared in two UK tours of The Blues Brothers Party as a Sensational Sister of Soul; Miss Sherman in “Fame” at the George Square Theatre, Edinburgh Festival; Leela and Omar the Poet in The Genie of Samarkand for Tara Arts and as a soloist in Beyond The Barricade.
Amy has also appeared in several pantomimes throughout the UK. Roles include; Mrs Darling/Magical Mermaid in “Peter Pan” (Churchill Theatre, Bromley) and Fairy Betty in “Mother Goose” (Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock).
Television appearances include; Erica Smith in “Stacey Stone”, directed by Alison Peebles (BBC1) and as “The Bride” in the AA’s “Tales From The Roadside” campaign.
A member of the Antics Dance Crew and two time finalist of Sky 1’s “Got to Dance”, Matthew is our king of Hip Hop and Street Dance. Supporting acts such as James Arthur, Union J, Little Mix, The Vamps and Example, Matthew has extensive commercial experience and is able to impart a wealth of knowledge on current industry trends to our students.
Matthew has also appeared on BBC1’s Friday Download, Street Dance 3, Dance Aid, Can You Dance Liverpool and performed in the Olympic Torch celebrations in Birmingham.
At Jazzartuk, our students’ eyes are opened to a wealth of industry expertise. Guest tutors visit our studios from all over the world allowing our students a real insight into the professional working world of Performing Arts. We also have professional casting directors who come to our studios to deliver workshops – an extremely important addition to our programme – ensuring our graduates as much audition experience as possible before they finish their studies.