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 .
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.
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.