Welcome to West London Dance Academy
Improve the flexibility and physical health of your child by enrolling him or her in a ballet or tap dance class at West London Dance Academy. We are an International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA)-accredited school that teaches Ballet , Tap and Modern Jazz dance to children and adults in Chiswick and Ealing, London.
About Our Owner
Natalie Parnell is an FIDTA, FISTD and MBATD recognised ballet principal and lecturer. She completed a Performing Arts course at WK College in Kent and trained at the Squires School of Dance. Natalie gained teaching qualifications with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD).
Natalie’s Dancing Career
She went on to perform with various dance companies and choreographers, including Wayne Sleep and Roy Castle, while teaching part-time at Pineapple Studios. She ran her own dance school in Kent for 15 years.
Natalie intensively trained many students and professional instructors to teacher status in ballet, tap and modern jazz. Many of those students have achieved above 90% distinctions and are now running their own dance schools.
As a Choreographer and Adjudicator
She taught dance during the summer holidays in a Hungarian ballet company. In addition to teaching Hungarian students, she is also a successful choreographer and adjudicator, and was lucky enough to adjudicate alongside Len Goodman.
Becoming a Lecturer and Dance Fellow
As a lecturer at Bromley College, Natalie taught contemporary dance and ballet to students 16-19 years old, and prepared them for their Dance and Performing Arts diplomas. She became a Fellow of the IDTA and ISTD after qualifying with distinctions and honours. Currently, Natalie is training to be an examiner.
Joining West London Dance Academy
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. Prior to that, the academy has been running for 11 years already.
Training Successful Ballet Students
We have a history of 100% pass rate, with some of our pupils qualifying for the international Dance Awards by achieving marks as high as 96% Distinctions. We offer an Intensive Teacher Training Programme for dancers who wish to qualify quickly and successfully. Several of our students have appeared in West End Productions and others are currently studying full-time at professional dance schools such as:
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.