YDA provides full-time vocational training for talented young dancers aged 11 - 16 who wish to pursue a career in classical ballet. It was set up in 2006 by Anna du Boisson and Kerry Williams and is affiliated to the West London School of Dance.


The school differs from other ballet schools in that its does not follow any exam syllabi, but focuses instead on building technique and musicality. This provides students with the chance to develop as dancers with a real sense of individuality and expression, underpinned by a pure technique. Small classes ensure each student receives intensive training and personal support.


Performances are the key to the school's ethos. Two productions a year are performed at a West End theatre including The Nutcracker at Christmas. These performances provide the students with a unique opportunity to perform on stage in professional productions alongside guest artists from major companies.


The Young Dancers Academy's philosophy is to inspire in its students a love of learning, music and freedom of expression through dance.

Skills gained through encouragement and discipline in the ballet and academic classroom can be applied to all aspects of their life beyond.


Our students are generously supported by the following individuals and foundations:


The Du Boisson Dance Foundation


Samantha Culhane

Ingrid Nachstern


William Bagnall

Sharon Wright

Janice McCaig

David Kierce

Torsten Krebd

Alice Cunningham

Daisy Martin

Luke Abnett

Ceri Freeman

Kei Suzuki

Young Dancers Charitable Academy Ltd

25 Bulwer Street


W12 8AR

020 8743 3856

Trustees: Kelly Richardson, Gavin McCaig, Victoria Conran,

Maryellen Inkster, Joanna Barrett

Charity Number: 1148129

© pictures Helen Mason, Chris Bourchier, Sophie Billy Williams & Chris Boyce


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Rated 'Outstanding' in all areas by Ofsted: 2013 & 2017. Report.