West London Dance Academy, is based in Chiswick
and has been established for 15 years.
We have recently moved into our own detached Dance Annex, Fully equipped and Covid Safe. Located within Chiswick Methodist Church grounds , Sutton Court Road, Chiswick .W4 4NL .
We have our own private drop off car bay and there is restricted parking in Barrow gate Road. There is a bus stop right outside that serves most local districts. Chiswick Park and Gunnersbury underground stations are very close. the studio is within 5 minutes walk of Chiswick Town Centre for all amenities and close to the A4 for easy commute.
Along with a fully equipped Dance studio, there is a cosy waiting area, cloakroom, toilets, kitchen, office and homework hub with garden space.
You can book a 4 week trial
to start week before you sign up to a full term.Our Fully Equipped Dance Studio is available for hire by arrangement
We offer Classes
and Private Lessons
in Ballet, Tap, Contemporary Modern Jazz, PBT
alongside Professional Performing Arts & Intensive Dance Teacher Training Courses
For Children and Adults of all Ages and Abilities
(Please see our new time table)We have limited spaces available! BOOK NOW
to avoid disappointment !What makes us different from other little dance classes?
all of our WLDA pupils begin as babies, as young as 2.5 years old, and continue through our academy to adulthood. Growing physically and mentally, whilst developing technique, confidence, agility, discipline, social kindness and performance quality and making wonderful friendships that last a lifetime.Our studio is safe
The New WDLA Dance Annex Next to Chiswick Methodist Church, Sutton Court Road, Chiswick W44LN, has now been refurbished and completed to a high standard with sprung floor, mirrors, ballet barres, waiting area, cloakroom, homework hub and out door area.
It is cleaned thoroughly in between classes and intensively at the end of day.
Our teachers have undergone the Covid -19 Health and Safety , First Aid, and Prevention of Virus Spreading Courses. We have new Risk Assessments in place and have updated our safe guarding policies .
All of our classes are small with quality teaching . We stand by our commitment to keep all pupils, safely dancing and will continue to upgrade or ease our safety regulations, in-line with Government Guidelines.
The Pandemic has had a significant impact on all children and adults.
We are so pleased to offer classes for everyone and will continue to support all pupils and their parents health and general well being.Our Mission
At West London Dance academy we focus on nurturing little ones to grow into confident dancers. 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.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 . For Junior and senior school classes
We offer a Full Timetable of Ballet, Tap & Contemporary Modern Jazz, Progressing Ballet Technique, Pointe Practice & Perfecting Pointe and will soon be offering Students - A Performing Arts Dance Associate Course for Elite Dancers, alongside Level 3 and 4 Dance Teaching Diploma Courses
. We are an IDTA, ISTD, BBO and CDMT Accredited Dance School .
Many of our past pupils are dancing professionally or training 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 page)
and are now running dance schools of their own.Our Latest Alumni
Liv Walker Singer/Song Writer
(Olivia Walker ) known to us all, was a member of West London Dance Academy since the age of 4 years old . She completed all of her Ballet Exams and took part in our annual dance school shows, she left us in 2021 to pursue a career in music and has since written 4 singles which have done amazingly well on Spotify . We are so proud of Olivia and can’t wait to watch her future in music unfold.
Charlotte - after joining the Academy at the age of 11 years , achieving IDTA qualifications and playing lead roles in WLDA performances is currently studying Dance in London
and teaching and choreographing for various musical theatre companies.
Isak - Currently attending Philadelphia University in USA for Football,
Dance and business . Isak has played semi professionally
in the UK and for QPR Football Academy
whilst attending Ballet @ WLDA since he was 6 years old We can't wait to follow Isak's football career and love that ballet has always contributed to his amazing football talents.
Tallulah - attended Tap at the Academy from the age of 4 yrs and became the face of the NatWest Advert on ITV T.V
she has starred in many films, TV drama’s and voice overs and is now playing a lead TV role ‘Princess Mirror-Belle’ on CBBC and BBC iPlayer
. We are so proud of Tallulah and her achievements at such a young age.
Annie - Trained with the Academy since the age of 3 years. After completing all of her Grades in Ballet and Contemporary Modern Jazz and being nominated 3 times for the International Dance Awards
along with achieving 3rd place in the South East and London Classical Ballet Awards in 2017
. Annie Trained alongside Miss Natalie assisting in Saturday Classes whilst attended School full-time and continuing her Ballet and PBT training, she took the highest IDTA Professional Vocational Ballet Exam Advanced 2
and achieved 98% Distinction. Annie
is one of the Youngest to have taken this grade under the IDTA at just 16 years old Annie is now attending university full-time.
We organise at least 2 -3 exam sessions a year and have a History of 100 % pass rates in IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association ) Examinations
always achieving Distinctions and Merits with pupils achieving as high as 98% in professional vocational exams. 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 and our short video clip on the home 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 started Teaching at the academy in 2011 and took over as Principal in 2016.
Miss Natalie says " after 10 years with the Academy I have seen many cygnets grow into swans! along with watching wonderful friendships develop amongst my dancers , from babies to adulthood, and feel privileged to be part of their amazing journey in life” . (see Meet the Principal page) What Parents, Pupils and Teachers are saying about our Academy:“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 )
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All of our classes are unique and taught by fully qualified and DBS checked teachers.Latest News from the Academy
Yet Another very successful IDTA exam Session on March 20th 2022 .
With marks ranging from 79% to 90% and all achieving Merits and Distinctions. Some pupils as young as 4 years old took their first exams, with the rest of the session going right through all of the grades. 7 students took their Professional Vocational Ballet exams , 5 of whom will now be put forward to enter the IDTA classical awards in October and one of our youngest Intermediates at just 14 years old achieved the highest score of 90% Distinction. Our next exam session for others in the Academy will be in July.ITV Ant & Dec Visit Our Studio
On Tuesday 8th February 2022 ITV icons Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly came to WLDA Studio in order to rehearse for their ITV Saturday Night Takeaway ‘End of the Show Show’ The famous duo Ant & Dec tottered around in high heels as they learnt to walk and dance with the famous Drag Queen Artist James Lee Williams known as ‘The Vivienne‘ from BBC‘s RuPaul Drag Race. Principal Miss Natalie had to keep it very quiet until it was aired on ITV .
It was great fun, with clips played on instagram, and the pair were kind enough to pose for a photo with Miss Natalie in the studio . ITV have promised to revisit deciding that the dance studio is in a perfect private location being close to ITV studios and local for quite a few celebrities.WLDA 15th Birthday Celebrations
West London Dance Academy celebrated its 15th year on Saturday 17th July 2021 .
Having been established since 2006 and achieved many successions to become “one of the most prestigious dance schools in the heart of West London”, they celebrated with a small scale recorded performance telling their story through Dance. All 100 pupils received balloons, cake and a special present from their Principal Miss Natalie for their outstanding commitment to the Academy.
Many tears were also shed as the Academy and Principal said Goodbye to some of their longest standing senior pupils as they left to head off to university . Miss Natalie said "It was a lovely day, although a sad one too. We are so proud of all of our Senior Students as they start their new journeys, some of whom have attended the academy since the age of 4 years and are now 18 and have qualified as Professional Vocational Dance students with Distinctions we will miss them all .. but our door will always be open for them to revisit their WLDA family...
see our Gallery page here or visit our show pages 'Alice in The Greatest Wonderland and The Nutcracker .So Proud Of Another Successful Exam Session
On May 23rd 2021 all pupils took their IDTA Ballet and Tap exams in a 10 hour long session.
Having trained mostly on-line in the months beforehand, they still managed to achieve all Merits and Distinctions along with all 4 Senior Intermediate Students achieving Distinctions in their Professional Vocational Ballet exams.
Miss Natalie commented "Every pupil came out of the studio exhausted having danced their absolute best all were polite to the examiner , well behaved in the waiting area and an absolute credit to the Academy, after everything they had been through I could not have asked for anything more as their Principal".
Outstanding Commitment from the Academy
With every Government lock down we have quickly reverted to on-line classes
. We have had so much fun, learnt lots of new technical skills to enhance our dancing and have been committed to keeping ourselves physically and mentally active through Dance.
Our On-line Zoom classes have included: Ballet, Tap , Contemporary Modern jazz , Lyrical Dance, Boogie Imagination Skills , Story Time , Colouring, Competitions and Fun free Friday Stretch & Street Classes and Teacher Training
. We have performed an On-line performance for parents along with a family competition.We will continue to offer on-line classes when needed
Considering how popular our On-Line classes have been, we have now decided to keep the option available for pupils who are unable to attend face-to-face classes, to have the opportunity to join their class from their home by using a simple link.
One of our students who has been with the Academy since the age of 4 years, moved to Switzerland in 2021. She now remains attending her Intermediate Vocational Ballet class with us, every Saturday, Via Zoom, and sometimes comes to take part in a live class when she is visiting London.
We will continue to have our Teacher Training Courses
available for busy dancers to attend on-line. Some of our Teachers in Training are living abroad and may not be able to travel until restrictions ease so this is a great way to continue training.(
please see our Dance Teacher Training Programme page)
Our on-line classes have received a great deal of positive feed back from pupils, parents and teachers it has been completely overwhelming:"On this occasion 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)
I don’t know how to say thank to you for keeping them going through these difficult times.Looking forward to getting back to normal life! Poopak (Kiana's Mum)Thank you so much for everything you have been doing and keeping the girls going.
Karen (Emma"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)
Some of our On-line Memories Imagination Story time with the Principal Ballet Technique Senior Zoom Classes Family On-Line Dance Competition On-line Performance for Parents