West London Dance Academy

This is where it all begins .....
classes based in Chiswick & Ealing
with our brand new fully equipped Covid Safe Dance Studio

About


About About
At West London Dance Academy, we focus on nurturing little ones to grow into confident dancers.
We have been established for 14 years. Our main objective is to conduct small classes with unmatched expertise and affordable tuition. We want to inspire good technique and progression in a safe, lively and fun environment. In every class, we make sure all students understand the enjoyment, passion and fitness that all forms of dance can bring.
Our Babies and Pre School classes are designed to introduce little ones to the magic of dance with the basics of ballet , standing in positions, skipping, jumping, pointing toes, walking on tip toes, balancing including lots of fun and musical mime.
Prep & Primary Ballet & Tap classes for ages 4 to 8 years are for the beginners that may want to take dance a little more seriously but still with the fun and imagination element . Pupils are given the opportunity to take their first ever ballet & tap examinations under the IDTA like our big boys and girls .
With our Junior and senior school classes We offer a Full Timetable of Ballet, Tap & Contemporary Modern Jazz , Hip Hop and Theatre Craft and will be introducing Acro Dance in January 2021 along with some new Adults classes. We are an IDTA & ISTD Accredited Dance School.
What makes us different from other little dance classes?  all of our WLDA pupils begin as babies and go right through our academy growing and developing in technique confidence.  
Many of our pupils have gone on to dance professionally or train at full-time professional dance schools such as The Royal Ballet School, Arts Education and Tring Park . Others are fully qualified dance teachers having trained on our WLDA Intensive Dance Teachers Programme (please see our Dance Teacher Training Programme pageand are now running dance schools of their own. We have a History of 100 % pass rates in IDTA Examinations always achieving Distinctions and Merits many of our pupils have been nominated by examiners for the International Awards in Manchester. Only 500 pupils are nominated each year out of 7500 in the UK and Abroad .
The Academy has put on two successfully acclaimed large scale performances (please see our show page ) The Nutcracker and Alice in The Greatest Wonderland , each received a standing ovation from the audience and outstanding comments from professional dancing and acting critics. Our Principal Miss Natalie has been dancing professionally, running dance schools and training dance teachers all over England and abroad for 30 years and still teaches at all of our branches. Miss Natalie took over the academy form Miss Judith in 2016 after teaching at WLDA for 3 years She focuses on nuturing all of our baby ballerinas into teenage dancers and says “as a Principal I have seen wonderful friendships grow amongst my dancers and from babies to adulthood I have been lucky enough to be part of their amazing journey in life” . (see meet the team page)




What Parents, Pupils and Teachers are saying about our Academy:

“I cannot thank Miss Natalie enough for all of the hard work and belief she put into me throughout my training, I have had the most wonderful experience when training for my first dance teaching qualifications and as a result of my training with Miss Natalie, I was able to achieve 95% Distinction for the IDTA Level 4 Diploma in Professional Dance Teaching Qualification. I now feel I have the Confidence and all of the tools I need to continue my career as a Dance Teacher ."
Natalie Dungan - ( Former Student Teacher)


This is what parents are saying about us:

“Really impressed and pleased with the baby ballet class - Lana spent most of the afternoon dancing a real pleasure to see her so happy. I think this will be invaluable for a toddler that is very introverted “ Taj - Lana’s mum. (Babies Ballet)

“This class is worth every penny Edith loves her ballet “ Claire - Edith’s mum (Babies Ballet)

After Leila’s first show experience at 4 years old - Thank you for such an amazing show ! ..we are immensely proud that Leila is part of such a brilliant dance school.  Amanda - Leila‘s proud mum (Preparatory Ballet)

so impressed with the dedication and high quality of the dancers. We had to keep reminding ourselves this wasn‘t professionals dancing ! Simply outstanding ! “ Helen Hayley’s mum - (Grade 1 ballet).

Congrats on a FAB show, it was amazing from start to finish and I loved every dance and all of the costumes . They were so colourful and imaginative and the storyline was brilliant . Flora loved being part of it as did we all love watching it ! “ Imelda Flora’s mum -( Tiny Tapper )  

“I’d like to feedback to you that we think the class is lovely - well structured with a lot of useful content to develop strength, balance and coordination. In just 4 weeks Babies Ballet has helped Margot learn to jump with both feet lifted from the floor (something we’ve been working on for a long time) and tiptoe. She has also picked up some of the sequences, initiating practicing them at home“. Ruth Margot’s Mum - (Babies Ballet ) 



Our classes are unique and taught by fully qualified and DBS checked teachers.
News from the Academy 
We Are Coming Back!
West London Dance Academy will be moving to their very own premises in Chiswick in September 2020. We are taking over the Annex at Chiswick Methodist Church Hall W44LN and refurbishing it into a Fully Equipped Dance Studio which we can also make completely COVID -SAFE. Our Hired Ealing Hall All Saints Church Hall has undergone changes putting all Government Guidelines and Safety Measures in place.
Our teachers have undergone the new Covid -19 Health and Safety , First Aid, and Prevention of Virus Spreading Courses.  We will have new Risk Assessments in place and have updated our safe guarding policies . All of our classes are small with quality teaching so it will be easier for us to operate with the new Government Guidelines and Safety Measures in place and to follow social distancing . We have already been planning and preparing the logistics of operating our classes safely at our new premises in Chiswick and our current Ealing venue and have thought of lots of fun, active, but secure ways of doing this without causing any stress to the students or parents
We are so excited to be able to get back to physical classes in our very own brand new premises and can‘t wait to see you all soon!
 
Some of our  On-line Memories                               
                                                                    
                                                                            Imagination 

                                                             Story time with the Principa
                                                                       Ballet Technique 

                                                           Senior Zoom Classes 


We have had such fun in our On-line Zoom classes with our Ballet, Tap , Modern jazz , Boogie Imagination Skills , Story Time , Colouring, Competitions and Fun free Friday Stretch & Street Classes. The positive feed back from parents has been completely overwhelming .

"On this occassion I just wanted to cordially thank you once more for all the fantastic dedication and work you are doing during these hard times. Zoom classes and Friday Fun Free dance classes are something Katherine is very much looking forward, they are giving her joy and purpose that is so needed now!
I am a bit lost for words to express my gratefulness fully (and words are my work tools usually...), but just wanted to say - we are very very lucky to have you as a Teacher (with a capital T)." Kristina (Katherines Mum )

“Thank you so much for enabling your pupils to keep dancing“  Alison
(Helens mum )

“You have been amazing as always and doing a brilliant job of keeping everything going and the girls and boys occupied!”
All the best. Hema (Iyla's Mum)


“Pleased to hear about the classes continuing on zoom.Thanks for all your hard work, and flexibility to make things happen. Can’t imagine how much work it takes to re-arrange everything We appreciate you! “ Alex (Stella's Mum)

“Thank you for being so supportive! I don’t know where you take all the strength and positivity from ... Sylvia“  (Tola's mum)
 
”Thank you for your continued dedication and the Zoom  classes Anna loves them and loves seeing Miss Natalie and her friends every week . This is so good for all of the children physically and psychologically and we applaud you for creating a way for this to continue in these difficult times” ! Rachel (Anna’s  Mum)

We're so grateful that you are continuing to do classes. Miya looks forward to them and can't wait to show off her 2 teeth that she lost to her friends ..(Sarah Miya's Mum)

A new on-line display 
We are hoping to put together one big piece of on-line Zoom choreography involving all of our pupils dancing at the same time for an end of term viewing for parents and to keep as a memory of how we continued to dance and come together as an academy during these unprecedented times.

Family Zoom Competition 
We asked pupils to Choreograph a Dance to perform with their Families during lock down and these are the 8 finalist . All families expressed they had so much fun getting involved it was a fun distraction they said from the difficult times everyone finds themselves in at the moment. Our competition received praise from the IDTA as an imaginative way to keep family’s actively dancing and was then put on to their social media page.



EXAMS 
We are extremely proud of our latest IDTA Exams results taken in December 2019 . Pupils form 4 years old took exams in Ballet Tap and Contemporary Modern jazz and achieved 83-93% Merit & Distinctions along with one of our students being nominated for IDTA International Dance awards at out 7000 other students in and around the UK. Unfortunately our spring exams were cancelled due to Covid-19 and have been provisionally booked for 18th October 2020.

Show & 15th Birthday Celebrations 
2021 will be our 15th year of being an established and successful West London Dance Academy and we aim to celebrate with a large scale performance and a big party something everyone can look forward to !
see our Gallery page here or visit our show pages 'Alice in The Greatest Wonderland and The Nutcracker on our sister site : www.westlondondanceacademy.com

TALLULAH 
Our Tallulah the Star of the New NATWEST advert on TV . Tallulah is one of our budding tap students and has been for 6 years . She has become the Face of the Money Sense campaign for children and we are so proud of her !.



our studios


Chiswick - Our Brand New Dance Annex is being refurbed Ealing - Our All Saints Church Hall is ready for re-opening

In September 2020 we will be moving into our very own, brand new fully equipped dance studio . We are taking over the Chiswick Methodist Church separate Annex on Sutton Court Road W44NL . This large premises is undergoing a total refurbishment in order to house all of our dance classes with a brand new dance floor, mirrors and barres and eventually a comfortable reception, waiting, changing area and garden for all of our pupils and parents. At the moment whilst refurbishing we are also putting all COVID-SAFE measurements in place to adhere with all government, dance organisations, and health and safety guidelines. Ealing Studio Hall We have been using All Saints Church Hall in Ealing , Elm Grove road, W53JH . For 4 years. We take over the whole of Saturdays with our Ballet and Tap classes. The hall is bright and airy with a lovely sprung floor and with our our free standing ballet barres converts nicely into a dance studio hall. The hall is very big which means we can fit in all of our busy Saturday classes but can maintain social distancing and make sure its COVID-SAFE to adhere with all government, dance organisations, and health and safety guidelines.

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Time Table & fees



  Our New WLDA September Term Time Table 2020

Commencing Monday 7th September 2020

Now we have moved into our own studio we are able to offer more classes on our time table However we still need to limit our spaces, with smaller classes and shorter duration times , due To Covid-19 Social Distancing, Cleaning in between classes and following Government Guidelines For Safe Dance Practice so please book or enquire early so you are not disappointed.

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CHISWICK CLASSES 

MONDAY 

14.00 – 14.30 NEW CLASS BABIES BALLET AGE 2-4YRS 

15.45 – 16.15 NEW PREPARATORY BALLET CLASS AGE 4- 6YRS 

16.15 – 16.40 CLEAN

16.40 – 17.10 PREP/PRI TAP 4 – 9YRS 

17.10 – 17.20 CLEAN

17.20 – 18.00 GRADE 3 TAP  

18.00 – 18.10 CLEAN

18.10 – 18.50 JUNIOR CONTEMPORARY MODERN GRADE JAZZ GRADE 2/3 AGE 7 – 13 YRS  

18.50 – 19.00 CLEAN

19.00 – 19.50 GRADE 4 BALLET 

 

TUESDAY 

10.00 – 10.30 NEW CLASS BABIES BALLET AGE 2-4YRS 

16.35 – 17.05 NEW LITTLE ONES HIP HOP POP AGE 4 – 8YRS

17.05 – 17.15 CLEAN

17.15 – 17.45 NEW JUNIOR STREET HIP HOP AGE 8 – 11YRS 

17.45 – 17.55 CLEAN

17.55 – 18.40 NEW SENIOR STREET HIP HOP AGE 11 – 18YRS  

18.40 – 18.50 CLEAN

18.50 – 20.05 ADVANCED 1 BALLET AND POINTE  

20.55 – 20.00 CLEAN

20.00 – 20.45 ADVANCED SENIOR THEATRE CRAFT BY INVITATION ONLY   the term

(mostly same pupils as advanced 1 so 5 mins cleaning gap)

 

WEDNESDAY

16.00 – 16.30 PREPARATORY BALLET AGE 4-6YRS 

16.30 – 16.45 CLEAN

16.45 – 17.15 PRIMARY BALLET AGE 6 – 9YRS 

17.15 – 17.25 CLEAN

17.25 – 18.05 GRADE 3 BALLET 

18.05 – 18.15 CLEAN

18.15 – 19.05 GRADE 5 BALLET 

19.05– 19.15 CLEAN

19.15 – 20.30 INTERMEDIATE BALLET 1 AND POINTE  


THURSDAY

9.45 – 10.45 NEW CLASS ADULT BALLET & STRETCH (COMING IN JANUARY 2021 ENQUIRE FOR A SPACE)

10.45 – 11.00 CLEAN

11.00 – 11.30 BABIES BALLET AGE 2-4YRS 

11.30 – 11.40 CLEAN

14.00 – 16.20 TEACHER TRAINING by arrangement only

16.20 – 16.30 CLEAN

16.30 – 17.00 PRIVATE LESSON by arrangement only

17.00 – 17.10 CLEAN

17.10 – 17.40 PRIVATE LESSON by arrangement only

17.40 – 17.50 CLEAN

17.50 – 19.05 INTERMEDIATE BALLET 2 AND POINTE 

19.05 – 19.15 CLEAN

19.15 – 20.15 SENIOR INTERMEDIATE CONTEMPORARY MODERN JAZZ 

 

FRIDAY - NO CLASSES - PRIVATE CLASSES, TEACHER TRAINING AND THOROUGH CLEAN DOWNS ONLY 

SATURDAY – CLASSES IN CHISWICK WILL RE-OPEN IN JANUARY 2020 AFTER EVERYONE HAS SETTLED INTO THE NEW VENUE AND ALL PUPILS ARE USED TO THE NEW GUIDELINES 

SATURDAY CLASSES AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH HALL , ELM GROVE ROAD EALING ,W53JH. 

 SATURDAY 

9.15 – 10.30 INTERMEDIATE BALLET AND POINTE 

9.30 – 10.30 BOYS ONLY INTERMEDIATE BALLET 

10.30 – 11.00 PRIMARY BALLET AGE 7- 8YRS 

11.00 – 11.30 PREPARATORY BALLET AGE 4-6YRS 

11.30 – 12.00 BABIES BALLET AGE 2-4YRS 

12.00 – 12.50 GRADE 4 TAP 

12.50 – 13.40 GRADE 4 BALLET 

13.40 – 13.45 CLEAN BARRES

13.45 – 14.35 GRADE 5 BALLET & POINTE PRACTICE 14.35 – 14.40 CLEAN BARRES

14.40 – 15.20 GRADE 1/2 BALLET 

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WLDA FEES

Our  fees are calculated and paid on a  termly basis and are paid in advance  . If it is your child’s first time at the Academy you may book a 4 week trial and only pay for the first 4 weeks, as it can take some younger pupils a little time to settle in . If your child settles into the class and you wish to sign up for the rest of the term we will then invoice you for the remaining  weeks of the term .  Payment can be made via Bank Transfer only . 


The term will be a 13 week term commencing Monday 7th September 2020 and ending Saturday 12thDecember 2020 closed - half term Sunday 25th October to Sunday 1st November 2020

Term fees as follows:

Babies, Preparatory, Primary Ballet & Tap Classes 30 minutes in duration = £97.50 in total for the term

Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 Ballet & Tap  Classes 40 minutes in duration = £130.00 in total for the term

Junior Contemporary Modern Jazz  Grade 2, Grade 3  Classes 40 minutes in duration = £130.00 in total for the term

Grade 4, grade 5 Ballet & Tap Classes 50 minutes in duration = £162.50 in total for the term

Intermediate Ballet & Pointe Classes 1 hour and 15 mins in duration = £240.50 in total for the term

Advanced Ballet & Pointe Class 1 hour and 15 mins in duration = £240.50 in total for the term

Intermediate Ballet for Boys Class 1 hour in duration = £195.00 in total for the term

Senior Contemporary Modern Jazz  Intermediate Class 1 hour in duration = £195.00 in total for the term

Little ones Hip Hop 30 mins in duration = £97.50 in total for the term

Junior Hip Hop 40 mins in duration = £130.00 in total for the term

Senior Hip Hop class 45 mins in duration = £146.25 in total for the term

Advanced Senior Theatre Craft 45 mins in duration = £146.25 in total for the term

If you would like to reserve a place or book a 4 week trial in our physical classes as from September 2020 . as we tend to get incredibly busy with enquires and  Due to the social distancing all of our classes will be kept small with limited spaces available. Please contact us ASAP! We want to make sure all children will have the opportunity to return to dancing safely and physically  , to encourage and maintain their wellbeing. You can book a Trial now for either of our Chiswick or Ealing venues

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Team


Miss Natalie

Principal & Teacher

Natalie Parnell is an FIDTA, FISTD and MBATD recognised Dance Principal and Teacher. Natalie gained her teaching qualifications with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) in Ballet, Tap and Contemporary Modern Jazz after graduating from Dance College. Natalie then went on to perform with various dance companies and choreographers, including Wayne Sleep and The late Roy Castle, while teaching part-time at Pineapple Studios. Natalie ran her own dance school in Kent for 15 years where she trained many students in England and Europe to teacher status all achieving 95% distinctions in ballet, tap and modern jazz. As a British and International Federation adjudicator Natalie was lucky enough to adjudicate alongside Len Goodman she also spent 2010 teaching for a Hungarian Ballet company training performers and Teachers and became a Fellow of the IDTA and ISTD qualifying with distinctions, she is currently training to be an IDTA examiner. In 2011, Natalie joined the West London Dance Academy as a teacher in both Chiswick and Ealing locations. By 2016, she had been given the exciting opportunity of taking over the role of Principal from Judith Townsend. The Academy will celebrate its 15th year in 2021 with another large scale performance . Natalie continues to teach all classes from 2.5yrs - Adult at both of her Chiswick & Ealing branches and manages to find time to run Teacher Training Courses whilst being solely in charge of babiesballetdance.com and Westlondondanceacademy.com .

Miss Francesca

Dance Teacher and Assistant

Francesca De Bella is an Italian dancer who’s passion started at the young age of 6! After 4 years of practising ballet, jazz and character dance, she was accepted at the Russian Ballet Academy in Genoa, studying under the prestigious teachers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. After many years of professional full-time training and international competitions, and completing a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, she found that her real vocation was to become an inspiring dance teacher so moved to London to peruse her dream. Francesca spent a year as student of the Royal Academy of Dance and is now completing her teacher training with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) here at the West London Dance Academy, having joined us in September 2019 as a Teacher and assistant at our Chisiwck branch.

Miss Annie

Teaching Assistant

Annie Tran has been a member of West London Dance Academy since the age of 5 . Annie has excelled in all of her IDTA examinations gaining Distinctions in both graded and professional exams she became one of the youngest pupils in the London and South East area to achieve 96% Distinction in Advanced 2 Ballet at just 16 years of age . She has been nominated by examiners 3 times in a row out of 7000 others around England and Europe for the International Theatre Dance Awards and came 3rd in the South Eastern Theatre Classical Ballet awards in 2017, being the youngest performer in the group at just age 14 and beating 100s of other competitors. Annie performed in Snow White at Sadlerswells for The London Children’s Ballet and played the Sugar Plum Fairy in WLDA’s Performance of the Nutcracker 2017 and Mary Poppins in 2019, after completing all of her ballet exams to the highest level she now continues to train in Contemporary Modern Jazz and is a Teaching Assistant at our Ealing Branch.

Contact


  • The Parent Hood Chiswick High Road W42EF.
  • Other Pre school classes also held in Ealing