Jackie Brooks

Director – Troupe, Ballet,
Modern & Tap


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), Miss 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. After five years of professional dancing taking her to the far east and beyond she decided to concentrate on her love of teaching. 


Before starting her own school she taught for many difference schools in Sussex, choreographing many successful Festival groups and helping her pupils gain fantastic results in their ISTD Modern, Tap and Ballet exams. 

Maria Doick

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

Maria Doick started her training with Elizabeth Hodgeshon

(formally an I.S.T.D examiner), followed by Bush Davis School of Theatre Arts. Gaining advanced levels in Ballet (R.A.D & I.S.T.D), Modern I.S.T.D, and her teaching qualifications with the I.S.T.D. 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 I.S.T.D exams, choreographing for festivals and shows. She has been working for Lancing College since 2009 directing the dance department.

Maria has been teaching for BDA for numerous years and loves the friendly down to earth atmosphere. Miss Maria is happy to receive requests for private lessons.

Alice Rhodes

Commercial, Street, Heels & Competitive Street Team

Alongside her Professional contemporary training at Laban, 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.

Lucy Brooks

Assistant Director – Troupe, Contemporary & Jazz

Masters in Drama & Theatre Studies, University of Kent

Lucy Brooks trained to advanced levels in ISTD Ballet,. Tap, Modern and Jazz at Brooks Dance Academy and developed a special passion for choreography from the age of 14. She is an affiliate member of the ISTD and teaches their new Contemporary Syllabus created by ex-Director of Rambert Dr Ross McKim.


She studied a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent where she also taught jazz, tap and contemporary to fellow students and performed in many shows & musicals. At University, she choreographed routines for the Dance Society & Musical Theatre Society with her teams taking part in national competitions.


She teaches & choreographs for

the school alongside her career in the arts, where she has worked with leading contemporary dance companies such as Hofesh Shechter, Akram Khan and Carlos Acosta.

Lucy also runs local company Dance Sparks which invites leading choreographers to Sussex for inspiring summer courses and pre-vocational training for dancers from schools all around the area.
Check out dancesparks.co.uk for more info.

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 full time in an accountancy practice and is in the final stages of becoming a Chartered Certified Accountant. Looking to the future she will be embarking on her DDE dance teacher qualifications in Modern and Tap and is excited to gain further training as a dance teacher. 

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.

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