About Us


A message from our Director

Jazzartuk is a Centre of Excellence in Performing Arts, providing professional training, support & promotion for young performers from throughout the UK & Europe.
Founded in 1947 Jazzartuk has consistently produced and encouraged young professional performers to fulfil their ambitions and dreams.

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.

Jazzartuk is Scotland’s independent alternative.

Through our rigorous and individual approach to teaching we guarantee extremely high standards of training, with opportunities to gain professional experience and recognised qualifications in Performing Arts. With smaller groups and an industry professional permanent staff you are no longer just a number but an integral part of the Jazzart family.

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.

‘No gimmicks, no false promises – just satisfying hard work and achievement’

Dr. Sheridan Nicol M.A.

Fellow & Examiner SDTA, AISTD, MBTDA, Dip. Alvin Ailey, New York

Director of Jazzartuk

We look forward to welcoming you very soon!


Jazzartuk has a fantastic success rate and many of our students have secured professional contracts before their Graduation Ceremony!

Our class of 2017 have all secured professional contracts from Manchester to Miami or gone on to develop their skills on Broadway in New York City.

For the past 10 years, we have had a 100% pass rate in all Vocational Qualifications and high end passes with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Other student credits include:

P  & O Cruises – NCL -Cunard Cruises – Princess Cruises – Royal Caribbean – Disney Cruises – EuroDisney

Delfont Mackintosh Theatres – R.U.G – QDOS Pantomimes – Spillers Pantomimes. – Imagine Productions – RC Kelly Productions

Warners Leisure

Billy Elliott, Old Vic Theatre, London.

Waybuloo, BBC for CBeebies. – BBC’s Glee Club for Comic Relief.

Eurodance. – Eurovision Dance Contest.

An Evening of Dirty Dancing, The Tribute.

The Scot Rail Awards Ceremony.


SQA Approved Centre

Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance Registered Centre

Royal Academy of Dance Registered

British Theatre Dance Association Registered Centre

Imperial Society of Dance Certified

Council for Dance Education and Training Registered

Student Awards Agency for Scotland Funding Contribution

Student Loan Company Registered Centre


Sheridan Nicol



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.


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 .

Joanne Tulips


Head of Musical Theatre

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 Graham


Head of Ballet

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.

Gillian Annetts



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 Taylor


Musical Theatre

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.

Matthew Grieh

Nadine Judge

Jazz / Tap

Kirsty Mawhinnie

Tap + Tricks

Stuart Fleming

Vocal Coach

John Birlington


Andrew Panton

Musical Theatre

Gayle Telfer Stevens

Musical Theatre

Chris Judge

Vocal Tec

Guest Teachers:

Thomas Spratt
Elliot Dixon
Ian Macloud
Phil Town
John Aitken


Agency facilities are available to all students.

Jazzartuk works alongside students and parents to prepare them for castings in television, fim and theatre on a regular basis.

Students must provide the team with up-to-date professional head shots and statistics in order to be put forward for any casting opportunities.

There is no additional cost for Jazzartuk students.

Please contact the office on contact@jazzartuk.com or 07774 133 972 for more information.

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