Nikki Johnson ADPA, Managing Director
Nikki Johnson has over 20 years’ experience in performing arts and has the associate (teaching) diploma in Performing Arts. She currently performs as a singer and has previously worked as a dancer and musician.
As a mum, she felt that the opportunities for this age group to become involved in performing arts outside the traditional part-time stage school environment was limited and so was inspired to develop this South Yorkshire based company.
Jessica McVeigh, Dance Director
As Noodle’s dance director, Jessica teaches many of Noodle’s dance classes and is responsible for the choreography in our annual show and other performances.
Jessica started her dance training at the age of seven and began teaching when she was just 16. She is an Associate teacher of the IDTA, specialising in ballet. She teaches all areas of dance including ballet, tap, modern jazz, musical theatre, disco and gymnastic dance but enjoys ballet the most!
Jess completed three years of professional musical theatre training at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks and graduated in 2010. Professional credits include dancing in Duo Entertainment’s pantomime ‘Cinderella’, where she shared the stage with Bernie Nolan and Basil Brush, P&O’s Aurora, Thursford Christmas Spectacular and Broadway in Blackburn for SoShow.biz.
Clare Jones, Performing Art teacher, Dance teacher & Party Host
Dancing from the age of six, Clare always wanted to be a performer. At the age of 18, Clare moved to London to study at the prestigious Italia Conti Theatre Academy where she trained in all aspects of performing arts.
Since then, Clare has toured, worked on TV, in theatre and in holiday parks. Credits include TV appearances on Celebrity Big Brother 2007, Friday Night Project and Ripon Wedding Fayre for Look North. Her theatre and touring credits include The Royal Masonic Variety Show (Her Majesty’s Theatre), US Tour of Dancing Queen (Spirit Productions), Plunder the Pyramids (Underwraps), Weapons of Mass Destruction (Courtyard Theatre) & Irish Tour of Ed Masters Variety Show (Illusion Works).
Clare is also an accomplished choreographer and she has lots of experience teaching children of all ages.
Olivia Cutts, Class Assistant & Party Host
Olivia started dancing at the age of 3 and has taken part in many shows and performances. She has completed her IDTA intermediate ballet and modern examinations & pre-associate modern jazz. At the age of 8, Olivia joined a youth theatre, where she completed LAMDA examinations and participated in many charity pantomines. In 2015, Olivia won the lead role of Jack, in St Mary’s Youth Theatre’s Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime. Olivia has been a class assistant with Noodle since the age of 15 and she enjoys seeing children improve with their performing abilities and confidence.
Jourdan Storey, Performing Arts Teacher & Party Host
Originally from Sheffield, Jourdan started her acting career in various short films, voice
overs and Educational DVD’s. After training locally and on completion of her A levels, she attended Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford Surrey. There Jourdan focused on her preliminary craft of Musical Theatre, training in jazz, ballet, tap, stage combat, singing, Estill Technique and Meisner.
Jourdan then made her professional debut as Valerie in Europe’s first preview of Times Square Angel (Union Theatre, London) followed by SlimeBall in Jack and the Beanstalk (Bedworth Civic Hall). Jourdan is now venturing into the TV/Film industry where she can be seen in feature films playing Queen Acha ‘Whiteblade’, Jess in ‘Ask the Cheat’ and Receptionist in ‘Destination Dewsbury’ all set for release in 2017.
Lois Pearson, Class Assistant
Lois is currently studying drama at college and has loved the performing arts since she was a toddler. She is involved with various acting groups, shows and plays; developing her skills and getting as much experience as possible in the hope of going to drama school and becoming an actor. She is thoroughly enjoying being an assistant at Noodle and sharing her own passion with younger people!