Miss Sarah Jones




Sarah trained at the Royal Academy of Dance for 3 years, having secured one of the few places on their world class teacher training course. She graduated in 1995 with the College Teaching Diploma and was also awarded a Licentiateship of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Sarah took over The South West School of Dance in 1998 and the school has grown and thrived under her leadership to become one of the foremost dance schools in the South West.

Alongside her teaching as Principal of the South West School of Dance, Sarah has produced and directed 10 whole school dance shows at Strode Theatre and has produced 3 full scale award-winning musicals.

Sarah is a fully registered and qualified teacher of the RAD, ISTD and iD Dance Company and is a qualified aerobics teacher. In 2017 she became a certified teacher in Progressing Ballet Technique.

Miss Harriet Durston


Harriet has been teaching at The South West School of Dance since 2012. She is a registered teacher with the ISTD (Ballet, Tap and Modern) and the IDTA (Musical Theatre) as well as being a certified Acrobatics Arts teacher. 


Harriet studied at the Bristol College of Dancing with top ISTD examiners and teachers who trained at the Royal Ballet School. 


She has a wide background of performing, having taken part in many productions in the South West. She has a great deal of experience in choreographing musicals both for The South West School of Dance and other local societies and has been a key member of the creative teams for our award winning productions of Cats and Barnum.

Mrs Nicky Hann

Miss Sarah Neale

BA (Hons)



Sarah has been teaching at The South West School of Dance since 2009 and is a fully registered and qualified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and iD Dance Company.


After gaining a first class honours degree in Dance at Bath Spa University, Sarah was commissioned to write the dance curriculum for Bristol Lower Grammar School which is still being implemented today. She also lectured and taught at several settings within the South West.


Sarah has worked professionally with Precarious Physical Theatre and Multimedia Company and Vex Dance Theatre on their national tours as well as with New Pantomime Productions.


Sarah has choreographed and directed many local musicals and pantomimes, including Cats (Best Director, 2015), Barnum and Seussical the Musical (Best Youth Production, 2009).  She has also choreographed for the BBC for a televised Children in Need Project.

Miss Lisa Winter

Lisa studied Performing Arts at City of Bath College falling in love with Street Dance at this time. 

She went into the fitness industry for five years, qualifying as a personal trainer and children's fitness instructor. At the same time she became a street dance teacher through the STTC and began teaching at The South West School of Dance. 

After three and a half years Lisa stepped away from teaching dance to focus on starting a family and completing her degree.

Six years later we are delighted to welcome Lisa back to teach our Commercial classes.

Miss Teresa Barlow

Nicky has a degree in Drama & Theatre Studies and worked in the television industry in London for five years.


She has been teaching Speech & Drama at Wells Cathedral School since 2008 and started teaching at The South West School of Dance in 2015.


Nicky works with students individually to prepare them for Trinity exams in Speech & Drama and any auditions they may have in the pipeline.

Teresa is a professional musician and teacher who also co-founded and runs a professional theatre production company.


Since 2015 she has produced 25 shows all over the UK for which she has created the sound design and music composition.


Teresa has worked as a musician on the West End such as The King & I and Fame. Her Musical Director credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest on national tours and professional pantomimes for New Pantomime Productions.


Teresa has worked extensively in TV for the BBC and Sky Drama and she works regularly with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, as an arranger and pianist for their 'Voices' choir.

All our staff are fully DBS approved.

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