Meet the teachers


DTAA was established in 2001 by Lisa Cohen and Sarah Haynes, who met when training at London College of Dance. After running and developing DTAA for 9 years together Sarah left for a career change. Since 2010 Lisa has been running the school with her committed and enthusiastic teachers Jessica Jones and Sophie Gouveia. Previously students of the school – both demonstrate the potential success that DTAA can achieve, and the loyalty that students feel to the school.

Lisa Cohen

Principle of DTAA

Lisa started dancing at the age of 6 at Alexander Academy of Dance and Drama. She continued her training at London College of Dance, where she spent 3 years, graduating with BA(Hons) Dance and ISTD teaching qualifications. Lisa spent several years as a freelance dance teacher and choreographer, and in 2001 opened Dynamic Theatre Arts Academy with Sarah Haynes. In 2010 Sarah left for a change of career, and Lisa continues to run the school. She endeavors to continue to offer a school that offers a high standard of training both for students who attend purely for pleasure and also those who may wish to pursue a career in performing arts. In 2017 Lisa became an Acrobatic Arts certified teacher, and introduced the acro programme at DTAA.  At Dynamic Theatre Arts Academy the aim is to offer an environment where students can grow in confidence, and develop as performers.

Jessica Jones

Street Dance and Musical Theatre Teacher

Jessica started dancing at a young age, and became a student at Dynamic Theatre Arts Academy when the school opened in 2001. At the age of 16 she left to continue her training at The Centre Performing Arts College, where she trained for 3 years gaining her ISTD teaching qualifications and Diploma in Professional Dance. She returned to Dynamic Theatre Arts Academy in 2006 as a teacher. As well as teaching, Jess has also been acting for the last 4 years in various film and TV roles. However, she continues to teach dance at Dynamic Theatre Arts Academy, where her true passion lies.

Sophie Gouveia

Tap Teacher

Sophie joined Dynamic Theatre Arts Academy as a student in 2001, when the school first opened. She later attended Chichester College for 2 years, where she gained her ISTD tap teaching qualification. In 2010 she took on the role of tap teacher at Dynamic Theatre Arts Academy. Sophie loves teaching dance, and works hard to help maintain the schools high standards, and wishes to inspire students in the same way she was inspired by Lisa and Sarah as a student here.

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