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 (a non-vocational school directed by Anna du Boisson).
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 every 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.