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Honouring Our History: Forging Our Future


A Brief History


A bright idea

Two ambitious women, Anna du Boisson and Kerry Williams found a "home school group" with both ballet and academic tuition for talented kids


Young Dancers Academy is born

The group is recognised as a school by the Department for Education and YDA was born


Our first home

Anna gets a call to say 25 Bulwer Street in Shepherd's Bush is becoming available, so moves furniture in and calls the landlord to say she wants it! This paves the way for a permanent home alongside growth & expansion


Becoming a charity

The school occupies the Village Hall set in Shepherd's Bush, thanks to the Wigoder Family Foundation. The building will allow for bigger classes and a large dance studio. Charitable status allows YDA and its partners to support even more talented children


Reputation grows

The school is noted for producing graduates who go on to leading vocational upper schools, subsequently joining national dance companies, such as English National Ballet and Scottish Ballet, or West End Productions


20 years of nut-cracking!

20th performance of The Nutcracker takes place in partnership with WLSD and DBDF, featuring a guest star from The Royal Ballet, celebrating the joy of students dancing the ultimate Christmas Classic


COVID-19 and going digital

The school moves online on account of the pandemic, delivering 100% of its classes virtually and producing a new digital Nutcracker with guest performances by stars of The Royal Ballet, including Marianela Núñez


A new chapter begins...

The school acquires the upper floor of the village hall and starts its expansion whilst officially becoming known as London Vocational Ballet School

Our online application process to enter full-time training is simple and straightforward. All applications require a £45 application fee, specific photos to demonstrate physical suitability and medical details. All set? Apply here.

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