We believe in the power of potential. Over the years, through careful nurturing, we have produced young people who go on to achieve excellence, be that in the performing arts industry or in the world of academia.
The school differs from other ballet schools in that it 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, in partnership with The Du Boisson Dance Foundation. 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.
"The care and attention placed on student learning in both vocational and academic areas of the curriculum is what sets us apart from other larger schools. Students learn in a happy and caring environment which enables them to thrive as able, thinking young adults."
Kerry Williams, Executive Director
Executive Director: Kerry Williams
Academic Director: Kate Blakeburn (MA) Hons
Head of Dance: Rachael Hunt
Kate Blakeburn, MA (Hons) English, History
Judi Swinney, PGCE English, Drama
Puja Kalra, PGCE Mathematics, ICT
Katrina Watson, PGCE Science
Emma Hughes PGDip PGCE BMus (Hons)
Georgina McDermott, DTLLS BTEC Performing Arts
Sheerin Mahabir, BA (Hons) PGCE PSHE & Administrator
Julian Wecxsteen BA History, MA French as a foreign language (Hons), PGCE
Katrina Watson Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kate Blakeburn Deputy DSL
Kerry Williams DSL for the associate program
Rachael Hunt - Head of Dance
Megan Webster-Shaw ARAD Classical Ballet
Josephine Holling DTTLS (Dance) ARAD Classical Ballet
Georgina McDermott DTTLS Classical Ballet/Commercial
Kerry Williams -Classical Ballet / Associate Director
Clare Freeman-Sergeant - Classical Ballet / Associate Course
Eva Koniavitou - Classical ballet / Associate Course
Chloe Fisher - Teaching Assistant
YDA is located in the heart of Shepherd's Bush, London. Spread across two buildings, our studios and classrooms facilitate the renowned teaching YDA prides itself on. Sprung dance floors and plenty of natural light allow for a beautiful environment conducive of artistic excellence.
A board of trustees oversee key decision-making and school matters such as safeguarding and finance:
Kelly Williams-Richardson (Chair)
Gavin McCaig (Treasurer)
If you'd like to contact the board independently of the school, please click here.