Staff

Jackie Nicholas BPA (NSCD), PGCE (QTLS), IDTA A, BBO R.T

Miss Jackie first began dancing at the age of 13 and studied at the Gieralt School of Dancing in Bramcote, Nottingham. There Miss Jackie was taught Classical Ballet and by the time Jackie was 15 she was shadowing her teacher and helping out at the school all day on a Saturday. After successfully studying her GCSE’s at School Miss Jackie attended college and achieved a level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts enabling her to study a degree at the prestigious Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. It was during Miss Jackie’s second year where she began teaching modern and contemporary dance classes as part of the Saturday school ran by the University that Miss Jackie first became interested in pursuing a teaching career. After graduating in 2000 Miss Jackie began working as a freelance artist and dance teacher in and around the East Midlands performing and working for Dance4 of Nottingham and Derby Dance Centre (now known as DeDa). Jackie also took up more teaching work and qualified as a fitness instructor at the same time as gaining her PGCE. Miss Jackie has worked with a range of children and adults from running Dance Breakfast clubs at Primary Schools to teaching and coordinating GCSE and A Level Dance and BTEC Performing Art courses at various FE Colleges and Secondary Schools around the county. In 2017 Miss Jackie joined The Primary Steps programme, which is part of the Training and Access department at The Royal Ballet School, one day a week teaching on the Primary Steps Programme in Mansfield. Opening Dynamicmotif Dance and Performing Arts Academy fulfils a life long ambition that Miss Jackie has had since first discovering the arts.

rachael-1Rachel Anne Rayham MA (Musical Theatre)

Rachel Anne Rayham has been passionate about theatre and performing from a young age. She regularly took part in local dance shows and school productions before attending University and The Guildford School of Acting to study a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre. Rachel has performed in shows such as The Sound of Music and Grey Gardens the Musical along side Jenna Russell and Shelia Hancock. Most recently she was in a musical adaptation of Moby Dick playing Ishmael. We therefore feel incredibly lucky to have Rachel provide musical theatre singing lessons to all of our pupils as well as the Musical Theatre class. Lessons take place at our Borrowash branch where private singing lessons are available to book upon request.

Giselle Rose JamesGiselle Rose James

Giselle is a fully trained Equity registered dancer, singer, actor and choreographer from Derbyshire. She has performed in a range of productions from operas to catwalks, showgirl revues to short films, and has a flair for fusion & commercial styles. Giselle got her first taste of the entertainments industry when she competed in a gameshow on Nickelodean as a child, and she’s had the performing “bug” ever since. Some of her previous credits include; Leeds Fashion Week, I-D Magazine, Stilwell Education, Aspect Opera, Annapurna Dance Company, & Hype Dance Company. She is currently touring the UK as part of “In The Mix – Ultimate Little Mix Tribute” and Beeyonce – Ultimate BeyoncĂ© Tribute’, and running her own dance & entertainment company. Miss Giselle looks forward to running some master classes and holiday Dance and Performing Arts Workshops with Dynamicmotif.