Teaching Staff








Sarah Lidbetter LRAD, ARAD, AISTD.

Sarah graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance ( LRAD ) in 1986 when she freelanced in the South East region before taking up a contract in Brazil in 1987. Whilst working at the Academia de Ballet da Bahia in Salvador, she taught Classical Ballet at all levels and was also involved in the choreography of and participation in productions. On returning to the UK Sarah took up a post at The Hammond School, Chester where she became Dance Coordinator with special responsibility for the Associate Department and training of the Teaching Certificate of the RAD. In 1996 she qualified as a Grades Examiner and, after further training, as a Tutor for the RAD.

On becoming married Sarah returned to the South of England where she now freelances and has taught at the Nicola Miles Theatre Studios for 20 years.










Penny Woodman RAD RTS, (AISTD) Dip., CDE

Penny began her dance training at the age of 3 at her local school in Horsham, and completed her professional and teaching qualifications with Elizabeth Hodgson (a senior examiner with the ISTD).

She also studied modern languages and began her career as a bilingual P.A., working both in this country and France, but returned to her first love of dance some 20 years ago, when she began teaching at the Art of Dance Studios in Middleton.  She has taught at several other schools in Sussex since then, including the Drusilla Duffill Theatre School in Burgess Hill.  Penny has been teaching at Nicola Miles Theatre Studios for fourteen years.

Penny has also worked extensively in musical theatre, both as a dancer and choreographer.  Her choreography has taken her into areas as diverse as pantomime and opera and everything in between.  Particular favourites have been West Side Story (Pavilion Theatre, Worthing; Theatre Royal, Brighton), La Cage aux Folles (Theatre Royal, Brighton), Carousel (Hawth Theatre, Crawley), Oliver (Theatre Royal, Brighton).








Nicola Miles FISTD  : Member and Registered Teacher of RAD : DDE              

Principal Nicola Miles FISTD Member and Registered Teacher of the RAD: DDE is a fully qualified and experienced teacher of Ballet Modern Tap and National. Having trained at Bush Davis an locally, Nicola went on to take her Associates at Drusilla Duffill school in Burgess Hill and took her Licentiate and Fellowship exams also with Drusilla and Paddy Hurlings in Portsmouth.

Nicola has appeared on stage and on TV including many Pantomimes in Worthing, Reading, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Aylesbury, and Warwick. TV appearances include Noel Edmonds, Tenko, Mr Bean and Ever Decreasing Circles.

She has also choreographed shows all over England,an animation sequence for the El Nombre TV series and appeared in several TV commercials including one in Portugual and a documentary for German TV.

For the past 6 years she has choreographed Christmas Productions in Gloucestershire and  in Tenbury Wells for the last 3 years.








Hannah Jeffery DDE  :BA (Hons)

Hannah attended Nicola Miles Theatre Studios where she trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap and Contemporary until the age of 18, when she left to attend the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. On completing her BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre she returned back to West Sussex where she now teaches. She recently completed her ISTD DDE Modern  Tap and Ballet.