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I have been involved in Dance my entire professional career. Having the opportunity to create Nova Arts has been a dream for many years. Seeing a gap in high standard college training in South Yorkshire i created the college with the goal of providing excellent training for young dancers, that best prepares them for higher education or professional placements.

It is a privilege to be able to welcome you to Nova Arts.

Lisa Beebe
College Director

Main Faculty

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Matt Schofield



My dance journey started at the age of 16. I have been teaching in the industry across multiple platforms for the past 12 years, teaching several styles of dance - my most prominent styles being Breaking, Popping, House and HipHop.

I recently graduated with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Physical Education and School Sports and currently choreograph performances for many teams that compete throughout the UK.

I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge with the students at Nova Arts College and facilitating their learning by offering complex and intricate choreography, I cannot wait to get started. See you soon Nova!

Performance Credits:

Juste Debout (France)

Red Bull BC One

London Palladium

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Dope & Mean

Disneyland Paris

Breakin Convention

Special Olympics


Stephanie Hirst



I trained at the University of Central Lancashire and gained a BA Hons in Dance Performance and Teaching. Alongside my degree, I taught after-school clubs and was part of a performance group that performed at charity events, hair shows, and various clubs.


I have taught across multiple platforms over the past 9 years and had dancers gain 1st place in regional and national Freestyle competitions. I have also gained my PGCSE in lifelong learning specialising in dance and have gained experience teaching BTEC L3 Dance and Musical Theatre. I am extremely pleased to join the Nova Arts team and can’t wait to get started.

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Sinade Darnell



I have graduated with a BA Honours degree in professional and commercial dance with Shockout Arts. I have also trained at the nation's best dance crew… Skyline Studios, based in Hull. I have been in the teaching industry for just over 7 years, and have been dancing for just over 20 years.


I have performed in many places such as the Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty's Theatre, 02 Arena, MoveIt main stage, and Street Dance The Movie. I have taught in places such as Base Studios in London, The Jazz Associates, Studio 25, Rare Studios, MMU, and 0161 Dance. I'm excited to work with Nova Arts College and see all the students grow as I thrive on teaching passionate students who are willing to learn and become the best version of themselves.


Sonia Morris



Sonya left home to train professionally full-time from a young age at The Hammond School of Dance in Chester where she gained her training and qualifications in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. This gave her the opportunity to start a career as a Professional Dancer, Singer, and Actress. At the age of 18 Sonya took on her first professional role as “Nadine” in Andrew Lippa’s Musical “The Wild Party” in Vienna, Austria.

Credits include: 


The Wild Party (Nadine), Company, 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Cats, Hairspray (Penny), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Muriel), Priscilla (Cynthia), Inspector Calls (Sheila) Joseph, Made in Dagenham (Barbara Castle), Legally Blonde (Brooke), Evita (Eva Peron), Performed live on Children in Need, Thomson Cruise Ships, Tavadivin Dance Company, Amorous Prawn, Dracula, Canadian Vocal Records, Night Junkies, Children’s Entertainment (Character work), Peel Entertainment, Showboaters SKY Series, ITV This Morning, Hollyoakes, Emmerdale and BBC Greatest Dancer. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmeralda) Bonnie and Clyde (Trish) The Christmas Carol Play, Kinky Boots (Lauren) Sketch Show  Grease (Marty)

Sonya loves the opportunity to Choreograph and teach Dance/Musical Theatre for children and professional students within Europe. Sonya has also had the opportunity to choreograph Musicals for Kirklees Youth Theatre - Phantom of the Opera- Oliver- The Sound of Music- Chicago.

Each year I am blown away by the talent of up-and-coming performers, I really enjoy working with a focus group and giving them a taste of the industry. I love creating bespoke work for the cast and guiding them to achieve the best performance they can.


Sonya still works in the industry but also currently runs her own Dance Academy in Halifax “Halifax Dance Academy” providing all types of classes in Dance and Musical Theatre.

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