About Us

Balancing amalgamated techniques and artistry with educational needs, ACT2's instructors provide a positive learning environment for dance and gymnastics training.

ACT2 delivers training for all ages and abilities in disciplines including Ballet, Jazz Dance, Contemporary Dance, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Acrobatic Tumbling.

ACT2 also places great emphasis in offering community-outreach initiatives and programmes. This helps to ensure broad accessibility to the benefits of dance and gymnastics training.

Leadership Team

Elaine Bailie

Elaine Bailie ACT2

Elaine is a Great Britain Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach and International Brevet Judge who has been involved in Rhythmic Gymnastics for over 20 years. Previously Elaine managed and directed the Phoenix Rhythmic Gymnastics Club for 10 years, which had proudly produced GB Squad members for over 20 years.

She also has experience in Disability Gymnastics and was involved with the GB National Disability Squad for 5 years.She was the personal coach of GB National Disability British Champions from 2009-2013.

Elaine is a member of the Gymnastics Northern Ireland Management Committee.

She is keen to promote rhythmic gymnastics in NI where it is a minority sport, compared to the UK mainland and other parts of the world.

Sarah Durrant

Sarah Durrant ACT2

Sarah has been involved and employed in the professional performing arts educational training industry for over 35 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. Sarah was also 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.

Sarah is happy to discuss and explore future pathways for individual young aspiring dancers.

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.