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 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 of England today.

Alongside her teaching as Principal of the South West School of Dance, Sarah has produced and directed 9 whole school dance shows at Strode Theatre and has produced two 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), 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.

Miss Sarah Neale



Sarah has been teaching at The South West School of Dance since 2009 and is 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 Anna Gifford

Anna trained at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts School before dancing professionally for 8 years.


Anna's professional career began performing street dance in three of the UK's largest national hair shows, followed by the next several years dancing on cruise ships. Anna also had the opportunity to perform in Bollywood, dancing in films, music videos and India's version of Strictly Come Dancing.


Anna had 14 years of teaching experience in many different genres of dance before joining The South West School of Dance in 2014.

Mrs Nicky Hann

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 joined our School 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.

All our staff are fully DBS approved.

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