Jackie Brooks

Director – 


Miss Jackie Brooks (AISTD CDE) founded Brooks Dance Academy - formerly The Shoreham School of Dance - in 1995. After training with the late Miss Elizabeth Hodgshon (a senior examiner with the ISTD), Jackie went on to study dance at Arts Educational dance college in London where she gained her diploma in dance and her teaching qualifications with the ISTD in Ballet, Tap and Modern.


Before starting her own school, Jackie experienced five years of professional dancing taking her to East Asia and beyond, before she decided to concentrate on her love of teaching. Jackie taught for many schools in Sussex choreographing a number of successful festival groups and helping her pupils gain fantastic results in their ISTD exams, before starting her own school in 1995.

Jackie takes part in regular CPD with the ISTD, English National Ballet & The Royal Ballet's Inspire Programme. She is also a qualified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor. 

Maria Doick

Ballet Teacher
A.I.S.T.D (Dip)

Maria Doick started her training with Elizabeth Hodgshon, followed by Bush Davis School of Theatre Arts. Gaining advanced levels in Ballet (RAD & ISTD), Modern ISTD, and her teaching qualifications with the ISTD, Maria went on to dance professionally with Vienna Festival Ballet dancing Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. During her two years with VFB she toured England, Switzerland and Germany.


She also worked for Carnival Cruise Line travelling around the Caribbean followed by a Far East Tour.

Maria then decided to focus on teaching – working for many local schools entering ISTD exams and choreographing for festivals and shows. She has worked at Lancing College since 2009 directing the dance department.

Maria has taught at BDA for many years and loves the friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere.

Alice Rhodes

Commercial, Street, Heels & Competitive Street Team

Alongside her professional contemporary training at Laban Conservatoire, Alice trained and performed with one of London’s most respected HipHop dance companies, Boy Blue Ent.

Alice started her professional dance career at 19 years old when she landed a role in HipHop theatre show ‘Pied Piper’ at the Barbican. From then she went to perform in the West End with ‘Thriller Live.’

Although remaining routed in hiphop Alice then went on to work more commercially dancing in commercials, music videos and live shows for music artists. Credits include; Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, French Montana, Will I Am, Beyoncé & Pharrell.

Alongside her professional work Alice has also built her own creative company CRAFT ENT; which has landed her creative and choreography work. Credits include; Adidas, Universal Music, Melissa Steel, Manhattan Cosmetics and many more.

Jessie James

Guest Choreographer

Jessie James, originally from Utah USA, has worked across all genres of the creative industry. From the Stage to the Big Screen cultivating over 10 yrs of professional experience.

She is a Choreographer and Movement Director self producing short dance films, creating work for the live stage, as well as directing movement for fashion brands such as Tara LaTour. Her recent dance films "Half a Man" and "Lost" have been screened in film festivals across the USA with more video projects in the works. Some of her professional credits as a dancer include: The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy’s, High School Musical 3 Sr Year, The Donny & Marie Residency Show & on Broadway, X Factor Uk, Multiple National Tours, and more.

Her current passion is furthering her portfolio of creative work ranging from short films to choreographing across the USA/Europe. Jessie’s goal is to continue working with directors and producers interested in introducing dance/movement to new corporate and creative fields.

Lucy Brooks

Assistant Director –

Masters in Drama & Theatre Studies, University of Kent


Level 4 & 5 Diplomas in
Dance Teaching

Lucy Brooks trained in ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and Jazz at Brooks Dance Academy and developed a special passion for choreography from the age of 14. She is a member of the British Ballet Organisation where she gained her Level 4 & 5 Diplomas in Dance Teaching. She is an affiliate member of the ISTD trained to teach their Contemporary syllabus, as well as a member of Rambert Grades Contemporary syllabus, and a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor.


She holds a Masters degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of Kent where she was an active performer and choreographer for the dance & musical theatre society. Alongside teaching, she enjoys a career in the arts working for organisations such as Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, where she worked with contemporary dance companies such as Hofesh Shechter, Akram Khan and Carlos Acosta.

Lucy also runs our affiliate contemporary dance company 'Brooks Dance Company' for dancers aged 15+ who work on creative projects. 

Agnes McIlvenny

Dance Teacher - Acrobatic Arts

Agnes started dancing at the age of 4 at her local dance school in Burgess Hill in ISTD Ballet, Modern, and Tap. She completed her Advanced 1 in all three genres and also her Advanced 2 Tap. She then went on to attend Sussex University where she completed a degree in Neuroscience. At University, Agnes took up competitive cheerleading and competed at a regional and national level for 6 years. During this time, she developed a keen interest in the acro and tumbling side of the sport. This led her to find the Acrobatic Arts syllabus that she now teaches at Brooks Dance Academy, which fuses these acrobatic moves artistically with dance. Agnes also helps teach and choreograph solos for the upcoming dance season.


Outside of Brooks Dance Academy, Agnes works as a Chartered Certified Accountant. She is also currently training towards her ISTD DDE dance teacher qualifications in Modern, Ballet and Tap.

Hayley Ovens

Contemporary Guest Teacher

Hayley graduated from University of Chichester with an MA Performance: Dance in 2012 having toured work by Nigel Charnock and Saju Hari nationally.  She has been working with Ceyda Tanc Dance since 2012 and is a dancer and Education Manager for the company. As well as performing nationally with Ceyda Tanc Dance and facilitating community projects, she has taken part in two research and touring trips in Turkey.
She is an experienced dance teacher and arts project manager, having worked in a range of community, education and health settings. She has delivered projects for Rambert, Arts 4 Dementia, The Place, Alzheimer’s Society, Brighton City Partnership for Education, Brighton & Hove City Council, Artis Education and YMCA London South West. She teaches A Level Dance and delivers regular classes and workshops for Ceyda Tanc Dance in the South East.