Our Founders and Teaching Staff
A college is only as good as its teaching staff and at Millennium we are immensely proud to have the best teachers available. Our staff always goes the extra mile to ensure students are well informed and guided appropriately towards becoming consummate professionals.
We’re in this business to create the best performers. When our students come out of our programmes they have an inner strength. They are used to being treated as adults and have developed a professional mindset. They’re ready to become big players in the industry.
This success is largely due to the professional atmosphere at Millennium. Our teaching staff are also active performers, choreographers, and directors in the industry. Interacting with professionals every day prepares our students very well to confidently take their place in the industry.
In honour of Donald McLennan; co-founder of Millennium Dance 2000
Donald knew from age 9 that he wanted to be a dancer and after his family moved to London, eventually, he was allowed to try to fulfil his dream and he started at the Rambert School under the direction of Angela Ellis. Luck was not with him and he had a serious injury during his 2nd year after which he was told he would never be able to become a professional dancer. Well, we know Donald better than that and he, of course, carried on with the master Andrew Hardie who taught from his garage in South Kensington. Mr Hardie was himself a former student of Nicholas Legat, so he taught in the Bolshoi Ballet style; this of course connected with Ikky Maas, who was taught by Natalie Orlovskaja, a Bolshoi ballerina and teacher.
When Donald had finished training, he was offered a position with Peter Darrell’s Scottish Theatre Ballet, now the Scottish Ballet, which was then just being relocated from Bristol. Donald said he had just managed to ‘escape’ Scotland and he was certainly not going back in a hurry, so instead, he cut his teeth in Performing Arts in Monte Carlo and later with the iconic cabaret company La Grande Eugène in Paris before joining husband and wife-team Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmaire’s world famous ballet company. During his time in this most romantic of cities, he became part of the Inner Circle of the world-renowned artist, Salvador Dali.
He returned to London which allowed for romance to blossom and he married a lovely dancer from Festival Ballet and they raised a family. During an action-packed period of his career in London, he worked for the BBC, as well as on the West End stage, the highlights of which were appearing at the London Palladium in ‘Mame’ with Hollywood legend, Ginger Rogers and in Fiddler on the Roof with Topol.
He then turned to his original passion of Ballet and studied at the Royal Ballet School to become a qualified teacher on the TTC diploma course run by Valerie Adams. Donald had some practical issues to overcome, as he was raising a young family on a grant from the Dancers Redevelopment and couldn’t quite manage it. Valerie introduced him to the Opera Chorus Master at the ROH where Donald then became a dancer/performer in many operas, thereby earning a little whilst he was learning to be a teacher. It was during this time he met Dame Ninette de Valois, who very much encouraged him to keep going with the teacher training.
Donald was for very many years an adjudicator for the Federation of Festivals and judged countless of young people in dance festivals and competitions. Very often they would ask his advice over their professional training options, which allowed Donald to tell them all about Millennium Performing Arts. This has brought many young people into the world of theatre and dance, so we all THANK YOU, Donald for affecting so many people’s lives in such a beautiful and creative way.
If I may finish on a funny note, because with Donald there was always a lot of laughter around; once, when Jacki had decided that Donald and I should sit next to each other in the office, so she would have space around her desk to do things like costumes etc. during show times, Donald and I got into such a stitch of laughter about something that we just couldn’t stop. It got to such a point that Jacki actually physically moved our desks around again, so that she was in between us and we had to stop! This enforced separation never stopped the humour between us though and we have laughed till the end.
With enormous love, Ikky
Ikky Maas PostGrad Dip, PTLLS: Ikky was born in the Netherlands and from the age of 15 knew all he wanted to do was dance.
He attended the conservatoire in Tilburg and was fortunate to have as his ballet teachers Simon Andre, a former principal dancer with The Dutch National Ballet and Natalya Orlovskaya, a former principal from the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.
After qualifying, Ikky started his performing career in Ulm, Germany, which has a very strong tradition of the Performing Arts, after which he became a dancer with Finnish National Ballet, before then successfully applying for and joining Rambert Dance Company in London. During his time as Principal with Rambert, he worked with many major choreographers, as well as being a founding cast member in the World Premiere of Christopher Bruce’s seminal work, ‘Ghost Dances’ in 1982; a piece that is still in Rambert’s repertoire, having had its most recent revival in 2018.
After retiring from Rambert, Ikky gained a Post Grad. Dip. in Arts Administration from City University and is also fully qualified as a teacher.
Ikky still teaches regularly at MILLENNIUM as this adds to his enjoyment at the College and allows close interconnectivity with the students.
Our Teaching Staff
Zak Nemorin – Head of Dance, Main Tutor for Jazz Dance and Artistic Director for ToTheCore
Theatre credits include:
- The Wizard Of Oz (Birmingham Rep)
- Strictly Ballroom (Original UK cast)
- West Yorkshire Playhouse & Toronto Canada
- West Side Story (Salzburg Festival)
- Let’s Dance Again (Royal Festival Hall)
- High Society (Old Vic)
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Original cast Savoy Theatre)
- Viva Forever! (Original cast, Piccadilly Theatre)
- Legally Blonde (Original UK National Tour)
- She Loves Me (Minerva Theatre, Chichester)
- Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory & Theatre Royal Haymarket)
- Carousel (UK Tour & Savoy Theatre)
- Cats (UK, Portuguese & Italian National Tour)0
- Aladdin (Old Vic)
- Mary Poppins (Original cast, Bristol Hippodrome & Prince Edward Theatre
- Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour)
- Chicago (Adelphi Theatre)
- We Will Rock You (Original cast, Dominion Theatre)
- Ben Hur (The Barn Theatre)
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (The Union Theatre)
- Agatha Raisin (Series III, And The Deadly Dance)
- Midsomer Murders (Series XXI, The Point of Balance)
- All Quiet On The Western Front (Incognito
- Theatre Company London, Edinburgh Festival & The SoHo Playhouse Off Broadway, New York
- Speed Dial, Murder On The Dancefloor, Woyzeck & Our Man In Havana (Spies Like Us Theatre Company Edinburgh & London)
- Story Of Our Youth (NYT Gala, Shaftesbury Theatre)
- HERE, London Road and Standing By (Stanwix Theatre)
- POSH (Warwick Arts Centre)
- A Mid Summer Nights Dream and Walk The Line (Edward Alleyn Theatre)
- Doing Time, Chicago, Freshwave Expression, Last Minute Tango, Heat of the Night, Revealed!, TheOtherSide, Tryst At Twilight. (All for MPA)
- Tempting Fate, (Elmhurst Ballet School & MPA, The Net Kill, Tobacco Road & Dorian Gray (Incognito Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival & London)
- Midsomer Murders
- Absolutely Fabulous
- Showtime At The Stadium
- Emma Bunton’s video Maybe
Most recently Zak was Artistic Director for the MPA Virtual Summer Show 2020
An OFFIE Awards 2020 Finalist for Best Choreography
Original Concept, Co-Creator and Choreographer for UPROOTED – The Journey Of Jazz Dance, a feature documentary film about the history, lineage and future progressions of Jazz Dance.
Nigel West – Head of Musical Theatre and Main Tutor for Acting
Nigel joined the Bristol Old Vic company at the Theatre Royal in 1983 where he stayed for three years working on 29 productions ranging from ‘Richard II’ to the musical ‘Judy’ which he also worked on when it transferred to London’s Strand Theatre in 1986.
After a season on the Theatre Of Comedy production of ‘Rookery Nook’ at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre he joined the Olivier award-winning musical ‘Me And My Girl’ at the Adelphi Theatre and became Associate Director in March 1988 establishing a 10-year association with director Mike Ockrent, going on to direct the first sell out British national tour. He has also acted as Artistic Consultant on several foreign productions, and has directed the show in Stockholm, (in Swedish) Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Receiving best director nominations for the Canadian and Australian productions.
Nigel then became Associate Director of the Tony and Olivier award-winning ‘Crazy For You’ at the Prince Edward Theatre, London and directed the UK tour and Australian Production of the show. He also acted as artistic supervisor for the South African production.
He then directed ‘Closer Than Ever’ for Bergen Film, Stage and Television, Holland, going on to direct a new production of ‘ She Loves Me’ for the Drayton Festival Theatre, Canada.
He was UK Associate Director of the Olivier award-winning Disney’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’ at London’s’ Dominion Theatre and resident Director of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical revival of Kander and Ebb’s ‘Chicago’ at the Adelphi Theatre, which he also directed in Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Dusseldorf.
His own productions include a national tour of Stephen King’s ‘Misery’ ‘Just For Joe’ a one-woman show starring Brenda Cochrane at the Edinburgh festival and subsequent Scottish Tour. Dennis Potter’s ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ for the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. He has also directed various pantomimes at Glasgow Kings Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome and Coventry. ‘The Producers’ for Susan Stroman – A US tour (3 years) including a season at Harrah’s Casino, Atlantic City.
His Original production of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ for the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton which subsequently toured the United States (four years) including a season at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
The first German-speaking production of ‘The Producers’ re-opening the newly renovated Ronacher Theatre in Vienna Austria which subsequently played the Admirals Palast Theatre, Berlin. Revisiting ‘Chicago‘ over recent years directing productions in Australia, Singapore, Korea, Madrid, Barcelona, Spanish tour and Cambridge and Garrick Theatre, London.
A new production of Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Ontario, Canada. Best Production nomination. Also directed the highly acclaimed production of Susan Stoman’s ‘Scottboro Boys’ Young Vic Theatre and Garrick Theatre, London.
- ‘The Producers’ US Tour.
- Associate Director to Susan Stroman / Mel Brooks “Young Frankenstein” Garrick Theatre London.
- Produced / Wrote / Hosted ‘A Wee Blether’ With Gregor Fisher. A two-hour chat show.
- “Aladdin” Starring Elaine C Smith. Kings Theatre, Glasgow.
Simona Budd – Main Tutor for Singing and Musicianship.
I have been a Musical Director within the theatre industry and a tutor/repertoire coach at numerous colleges and schools of higher and further education for the last 25 years. I have a vast amount of experience working with professionals and students from all different backgrounds and with varying abilities and I strive to achieve the best from everyone who comes under my guidance and tutelage.
I just completed a 14 month tour of Dreamgirls for Sonia Friedman Productions as the Music Director and some of my previous roles include MD for the original West End run of Heathers at the Other Palace and Theatre Royal, Haymarket in London’s West End. I was Musical Director for the Original London Cast Recording of Heathers the Musical. I am also an audition pianist in London’s West End.
Millie Duniam – Tutor for Jazz Dance
Millie started her professional training here at Millennium Performing Arts. After graduating in 2018 she infiltrated the commercial dance scene and became a member of Empire Dance Crew. She made many appearances on ITV and Hip Hop International.
Millie has appeared in many music videos and worked with artists such as Parra For Cuva and Rude Kid. In 2019 she joined the cast of the Michael Jackson UK and International tour and has been touring ever since.
Millie is passionate about teaching and trains dancers at Pineapple Studios, Studio 68, Brit School, LSE and of course Millennium!
Michael Small – Main Tutor for Contemporary Dance
I have been a Dancer and Dance Teacher within all genres of the theatre industry for over 40 years. I have taught at numerous colleges and schools of higher and further education for the last 30 years. I have a vast amount of experience working with professionals and students from all different backgrounds and always aim to achieve the best from everyone through positive encouragement and inspiration.
I have worked with the great choreographers Gillian Lynne and Anthony Van Laast as well as the incomparable Robert Cohan and some of my previous roles include those for the original West End productions of Hair, Pickwick the Musical, Chicago and Carmen Jones. I now also perform in feature films and my latest credits include Mamma Mia 2 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Jo Morris – Main Tutor for Tap Dance and Core Tutor for Jazz Dance
Theatre credits include:
- Revival Choreographer for White Christmas, UK Tour
- Associate Choreographer for 42nd Street at Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris
- Associate Choreographer for Singin’ In The Rain at the Lyric Opera, Chicago
- Associate Choreographer for 42nd Street at the Lyric Opera, Chicago
- Revival Choreographer for Singin’ In The Rain (Grand Palais, Paris)
Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain for the following shows:
- White Christmas (Dominion Theatre & Curve Theatre, Leicester)
- Guys & Dolls (Royal Albert Hall)
- Chess (English National Opera)
- Top Hat (Kilworth House)
- 42nd Street (Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris)
- Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kilworth House)
- Sunset Boulevard (English National Opera/Coliseum)
- Singin’ In The Rain (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris)
- Mack & Mabel (Chichester Festival Theatre + UK Tour)
- The Pajama Game (Minerva Theatre, Chichester & Shaftesbury Theatre)
- Kiss Me, Kate (The Old Vic & Chichester Festival Theatre)
- Crazy For You (Regents Park Open Air Theatre)
- Me & My Girl (Sheffield Crucible)
- the Olivier Award- winning Hello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
- On The Town (English National Opera/Coliseum, London & Chatelet Theatre, Paris)
- Gigi (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
- Dance Captain/Onstage Swing and Assistant Rehearsal Director in Shoes (Sadlers Wells and Peacock Theatre).
- Assistant Choreographer: Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal Haymarket & Menier Chocolate Factory)
- The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre)
- Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival Theatre Choreographer
- Cinderella (Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
- The Winslow Boy (The Old Vic)
- Wicked (Victoria Apollo)
- Sinatra (London Palladium)
- Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre)
- Grease (Scandanavian Tour)
- Tonight’s The Tonight (Victoria Palace)
- Fame (UK Tour)
- Shoes for Sadlers Wells
- The Little Mermaid for Broadway
- Mary Poppins for Broadway
TV credits include:
- Assistant Choreographer Britannia for Sky Atlantic
- Assistant Choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance – Series 1 (BBC)
- Blessed (BBC)
- Celebrity Big Brother (Endemol)
- Rebourn (BBC)
- Bustamove (MTV music video for Goldfrapp)
- Orange Mobile Phone commercial and Showtime at the Stadium (BBC)
Fuschia Peters – Tutor for Contemporary Dance and Student Counsellor
Fuschia trained at Arts Educational School, London Contemporary Dance School, State University at Purchase, NY, USA and Alvin Ailey (summer program scholarship), then went on to work and tour internationally with a variety of contemporary dance companies, whilst maintaining part-time teaching posts.
In 2000 Fuchia retrained, completing a Psychology degree and then worked for the NHS. For three years she worked in a groundbreaking service providing psychological services for the African and Caribbean communities in Southwark.
Following this she attained her Diploma in Counselling in Australia and now has a private practice and continues to teach/lecture/tutor/counsel at performing arts colleges across London.
Franny Anne Rafferty – Tutor for Acting
Training: Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.
Recipient of the MGCFutures 2017 Assistant Director Award.
Current project/s include:
- Six The Musical as associate director (UK productions and NCL Cruises)
- Director attached to Barlow & Smith’s new musical Vanya’s and writing developing Wreckclamation.
Previous credits as Director:
- Saving Rachel (Fertility Fest 2019, Olympia)
- Vanya’s by Barlow & Smith (MMD workshop)
- The Field by Lydia Thomson for Rapid Write Response (Theatre 503)
- A West End Christmas (Cadogan Hall)
- The Fun Club presents… [Working Title] (Camden People’s Theatre)
- Jonathan Larson’s Tick, tick…Boom!, and The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan (Bridewell Theatre)
As Associate Director:
- Six The Musical (UK Tour, West End and NCL Cruises 2019-2020)
- Turn Of The Screw (UK Tour 2019)
- The Rink (Southwark Playhouse)
- Titanic The Musical (UK /Ireland Tour and Hamburg State Opera)
- Spamalot (UK Tour 2018)
As Assistant Director:
- Pickle Jar (Soho Theatre)
- Turn of the Screw (Mercury Colchester and UK Tour 2018)
- Ever Onward Workshop (The Other Palace)
- Spamalot (UK Tour 2017)
In addition to the work as a practitioner Franny mentors emerging artists, provides dramaturgical support to developing projects and regularly facilitates workshops in audition technique, acting through song, writing-devising for theatre, page-to-stage and script analysis for schools, colleges, and arts venues.
Alongside ad hoc projects she has recently undertaken workshops for the DCF (Director’s Charitable Foundation).
Represented by Gavin Barker Associates.
Nicky Swift – tutor for Singing and Acting
National Youth Music Theatre, Birmingham University and The Royal
Academy of Music where she received The Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award.
- Eileen Stinkleton in Grandma Saves The Day (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich)
- Rosie in Mamma Mia! (UK and International Tour)
- Shirley in Shirley Valentine (30th anniversary UK Tour)
- Ethel/Coach Dunbar/Betty in Footloose (UK Tour)
- Madame and understudied Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre, London)
- Cynthia/Aunt Mimi in Lennon (Royal Court, Liverpool)
- Vera Lynn in Songs for Victory (UK Tour)
- One Night in Istanbul (Echo Arena, Dublin Gaiety and Belfast Grand Opera House)
- Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty and Red Riding Hood (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse)
- Jellylorum in Cats (Arena Tour)
- Vi in The Buddy Holly Story (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London)
- Alice in The Walled Garden (Brockwell Park, London)
- Twelfth Night, Plaza Suite, The Odd Couple and A Slice of Saturday Night (QE Theatre Company on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth)
- Elizabeth in Richard Taylor’s Whistle Down the Wind (Edinburgh Festival, Sadler’s Wells, London and West Yorkshire Playhouse)
- Charlie (Buxton Opera House), Creation and Warchild (National Youth Music Theatre, London)
- Her Benny (Liverpool Empire)
- David Copperfield (UK Tour)
- Sixteen Gobs (King’s Head, London)
- Habeas Corpus and City of Angels (Royal Academy of Music, London)
- Voices Raised
- Blue Peter
- Sport Relief
- The Olivier Awards
- Loose Ends and New Musicals with Stephen Sondheim (BBC Radio 2)
Other credits include:
- Soloist alongside Dame Judi Dench in An Enchanted Evening (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London)
- Performances at charity galas at the Palace Theatre (London), Royal Albert Hall (London), the O2 Arena (London) and for HRH Prince Edward at St James’s Palace (London).
Nicky works as a backing and session singer, supporting names such as Tom Jones, Lesley Garrett, Elaine Paige and Cynthia Erivo.
Nicky made her Off-Broadway debut in A Broadway Diva Christmas (Julia Miles Theatre, New York).