About Us

Balancing amalgamated techniques and artistry with educational needs, APPA-NI's instructors, working within purpose built training facilities, provide a positive and unique learning environment for combined physical arts training.

APPA-NI delivers training for all ages and abilities in disciplines including Ballet, Jazz Dance, Contemporary Dance, Aerial Arts, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Acrobatic Tumbling.

APPA-NI also places great emphasis in offering a number of community-outreach initiatives and programmes. This helps to ensure broad accessibility to the benefits of our physical arts training.

"I fully support the concept of the Academy of Professional and Physical Arts. This unique academy will offer opportunities to many aspiring for excellence and inspired specialised instruction in rhythmic and sports acrobatic gymnastics, aerial performance and dance. I wish APPA-NI every success."

— Ray Phillips - formerly Interim President of British Gymnastics & Non-Executive Director for Northern Ireland on the British Gymnastics Board of Directors

Leadership Team

Elaine Bailie

Elaine Bailie APPA-NI

Elaine has been a Great Britain National Rhythmic Gymnastics Judge since 2009. She is a British Gymnastics Coach for Rhythmic Gymnastics and was on the pilot course for the UK Coaching Certificate level 3 qualification. More locally, Elaine managed and directed the Phoenix Rhythmic Gymnastics Club for 10 years, which has proudly produced GB Squad members over the last 20 years.

As the personal coach of the 2009/2010 Junior Rhythmic Disability champion and the 2011/2013 Senior Level 2 Rhythmic Disability Champion, Elaine has had great success in her coaching involvement with the Great Britain National Disability Squad.

Elaine also sits on the British Gymnastics National Coach Education Panel and is on the Gymnastics Northern Ireland Management Committee with responsibility for Finance.

Sarah Durrant

Sarah Durrant APPA-NI

Sarah has been in involved and employed in the professional performing arts educational training industry for over 30 years and during much of this time worked as an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance. Sarah has not only run her own business in dance tuition, but has also held the positions of ballet teacher, Head of Dance and Deputy Principal in a leading government funded recognised Centre of Excellence. Recently Sarah was delighted to accept the position of Patron to The London Ballet Company.

A highly motivated, dynamic and resourceful senior manager, Sarah has a proven record of developing quality assured training programmes within the field of professional performing arts, specifically dance and musical theatre. Sarah is also recognised for her pastoral care skills, ensuring the welfare and safety of learners, supporting staff and other professionals, providing advice and guidance in relation to vocational arts education and supporting the good order and wider needs of the learning community.

Sarah holds a Master's degree in Performing Arts Professional Education (Distinction) and a Certificate in Education together with Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance qualifications.

Our Patron

Charlotte Broom

Charlotte Broom Patron of APPA-NI

Charlotte trained at the Hammond School, The Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School. She then joined Northern Ballet Theatre, where she became a Principal Artist dancing roles such as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Kitri in Don Quixote, Lucy in Dracula, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake the title roles in Cinderella and Giselle and in Didy Veldman's Carmen.

She then spent five years with The Cullberg Ballet, Sweden, where she danced the principal role of Aurora in Mats Ek's Sleeping Beauty, and worked with choreographers, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Johan Inger, Stijn Celis and Didy Veldman. She also danced in Mats Ek's Swan Lake, She Was Black, Fluke and A Sort Of.

Since returning to the UK, she has danced the role of Mrs Alving in Cathy Marston's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts as well as roles in Marston's Traces, Arcana and Dust. She has also begun collaborating with Director and Choreographer Will Tuckett, creating roles of the Fox in his production of Pinocchio, the Mole in Wind in the Willows, Edie in Faeries and Princess Bee in The Thief Of Baghdad.

She then performed in Cabaret playing Texas, directed by Rufus Norris and choreographed by Javier de Frutos (The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue) and went onto work with Luca Silvestrini on The Ride for the Wapping Project.

Charlotte has performed the role of The Queen on the international tour of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake and in The Most Incredible Thing at Sadler's Wells ( Javier De Frutos). She went on to perform in The Bacchae at The Royal Exchange (Manchester) directed by Braham Murray. She has played the Bad Angel in Dr.Faustus at The Shakespeare's Globe and the role of Lucetta in Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona(Theatre Royal, Northampton) both directed by Matthew Dunster. Charlotte's choreography include; A Midsummer Night's Dream at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre directed by Matthew Dunster, The Misanthrope at Liverpool Playhouse and Macbeth at The Shakespeare's Globe.

Charlotte is currently Co-Artistic Director of HeadSpace Dance.