Meet the Team
CO-PRINCIPALS - Jazmine Peterson and Jordana Traviss
Jazmine trained at Italia Conti Guildford Associates School from the age of 3 and joined the Italia Conti Professional Course until the age of 16, performing regularly at local theatres and achieving numerous qualifications in dance, drama and singing.
She also gained her A Levels in Performing Arts and Dance as well as completing BA/BSc (Hons) degrees in both Business and Psychology.
She has been in the recruitment industry since 2011 and worked her way up to a managerial and specialist position.
She was a professionally trained dancer for ZooNation UK Dance Company based in London who were the first Hip Hop dance company to perform on the West End and has worked professionally in both TV and film.
With over 9 years of teaching in all disciplines, her energetic approach to teaching will help the children gain confidence and grow as young performers and will be a huge advantage to Italia Conti Associates Petersfield.
Jordana trained at the Italia Conti Guildford Associates School from the age of 5 and joined the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts at the age of 11, graduating in 2011 at the age of 18 with a Diploma in Theatre Arts. Upon graduating Jordana became a professional dancer / singer performing on cruise ships for Celebrity and Cunard as well as performing in Pantomime and at various professional and charity events.
She has gone on to gain further qualifications in dancing and theatre arts teaching to broaden her skills as well as gaining a BA (Hons) Degree in Theatre from GSA (Guildford School of Acting), associated with University of Surrey.
Jordana has also worked in an office environment, covering various roles, learning many skills in management, bookkeeping, diary management and organisation.
All of the skills Jordana has acquired over the years will be put to good use at Italia Conti Associates Petersfield. With the knowledge of and experience in the performing industry, she will readily understand and empathise with the students individual objectives, desires and aspirations.
The contacts Jordana has made during her varied performing career will also be of enormous benefit to the school.
Sophie Hamilton - Musical Theatre, Jazz & Tap
Sophie started her training at Petersfield Academy of Dance at the age of four.
She then joined the Professional Course at Italia Conti Arts Centre in 2014 whilst completing her Performing Arts qualifications at The Petersfield School.
After this, she went onto further training at Italia Conti Arts Centre and completed a Three Year Professional Musical Theatre Diploma and graduated in July 2018.
Sophie feels very fortunate to have been trained by so many amazing people in the industry and is really excited to pass on the knowledge and skills she has been given along with her three years of teaching experience.
Sophie is really thrilled to get started at Italia Conti Associates Petersfield!
Sophie teaches Musical Theatre, Jazz & Tap on Fridays & Saturdays.
Owen Dennis - Acting & LAMDA
Owen trained at the Italia Conti Arts Centre on their BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course. Before attending Conti, he completed a Cambridge Technical Diploma in Musical Theatre as well as a Drama & Theatre Studies A Level. He has also been awarded his Grade 8 Level 3 certificate in Music Theatre by the London College of Music Examinations.
Owen has taught a wide variety of ages and abilities and loves helping people to improve and reach their full potential. He has also written and directed his own original scripts for youth theatre productions, as well as leant his hand in 1:2:1 singing tuition and choreography.
Owen has worked in professional productions such as: An Inspector Calls (UK Tour) and Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal Winchester Pantomime).
Owen is very excited to be a part of the team at Italia Conti Petersfield and is looking forward to working on lots of exciting new projects!
Owen teaches Acting & LAMDA on Saturdays.
Beverley Norton - Ballet, Contemporary & Tap
Beverley has been dancing since the age of 5 and has always had a passion for performing. She studied at D&B Academy of Performing Arts with many qualifications under her belt.
She has worked professionally including Disneyland Paris as a Disney character!
Beverley loves to teach and explore a wide range of dance styles and will put everything into her classes to ensure her students get the most out of class.
She is super excited to be apart of the Conti team and to share her love and knowledge to the stars of the future!
Beverley teaches Ballet, Contemporary & Tap on Saturdays.
James Sutton - Singing
James has been singing for over 10 years now and is in the process of creating his first solo album. During his time as a professional singer he has performed many genres such as Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classical and Choral.
James gained a BMus First Class Hons in Jazz Performance at The University of Chichester. Later going on to further study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. During this time at Trinity Laban he was graciously awarded The Archers Scholarship for Outstanding Performance.
James studied under many great musicians and teachers such as the likes of Nick Reynolds (Jazz Musician of the year nominee and Head of Jazz at Chichester University), renowned International Jazz Vocalist Trudy Kerr, the multi award winning Jazz singer Anita Wardell, award winning educator and pianist Simon Percell and Pete Churchill just to name a few. Studying under them all has given him huge knowledge and many different skills in all types of music.
Over the years he has performed at many great venues including the Internationally acclaimed Pizza Express Jazz Club, The Swanage Jazz Festival, Winchester Jazz Festival, Chichester Jazz Club, La Havana Jazz Club, Oliver’s Jazz Club and outside the United Kingdom.
James is currently the male lead vocalist with The Seven Steps Big Band. Past performances have been with and along side Trinity Jazz Choir, The Spitfire Sisters and including being a supporting act for Trudy Kerr.
His love for music has inspired him to tutor any ability of singing and to bring group music workshops into the surrounding Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey area.
James teaches Singing on Saturdays.
Chloe Peacock - Street Dance & Musical Theatre
Chloe from Surrey has studied performing arts from a young age, later on gaining a diploma in Musical Theatre and her DDI qualifications in Ballet, Jazz and Tap.
She has built up a large portfolio of dance contracts in the UK and internationally. Her summers have been spent on various idyllic Greek islands performing dance and circus themed shows. As well as a passionate dancer she has also dazzled audiences as an accomplished circus performer including fire/stilt walking/LED skills. Chloe has recently returned home after dancing on P&O cruises which was an incredible experience performing in amazing production shows around the world.
Chloe is super excited to be apart of the Conti team and to share her love and knowledge to the stars of the future!
Chloe teaches Street Dance on Fridays and Musical Theatre on Saturdays.
Freya Hillman - Pocket Performers (3-5 yrs)
Freya started dancing from the age of 5 at West Meon Dance School doing ballet. She then joined Petersfield Youth Theatre performing in their workshops and shows and continues to do so now.
Freya joined Petersfield Academy of Dance gaining qualifications in modern, tap, ballet and contemporary as well as competing at All England Dance competitions.
She also trains and assisted classes at Italia Conti Petersfield.
With a passion for the industry, full of energy and enthusiasm, she is looking forward to start teaching our future superstars!
Freya teaches the Pocket Performers class on Saturdays.
"The teachers are absolutely amazing, so patient and encouraging. We really appreciate it.
Such a friendly, welcoming and fun environment for all!"
PARENT OF STUDENT - 2020