Address 1:

 

Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School, Chestnut Grove, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 3JU

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Address 2:

 

Richard Challoner School, Manor Drive North, New Malden, Surrey,

KT3 5PE

Phone Number:

 

07956 297 609

Meet The Teachers

We offer a varied timetable for children of all ages and follow the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) syllabus. All children are invited to partake in our exam sessions and to date we have completed 9 exam sessions with 100% pass rates.

Miss Willson has been dancing since the age of 5 and is trained in all aspects of dance. Progressing from the Barbara Lynn School of Dancing, she learnt the tools of her trade by joining local amateur dramatic companies, where she progressed from dancing in the chorus to principal roles including Polly in ‘Crazy For You’ and Lillie Langtry in ‘Oscar the Musical’.

 

Her professional training was at the 'Guildford School of Acting' where she completed a three-year BA degree in Musical Theatre.

 

Her favourite professional roles were 'Christine' in the German production of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and Sally in ‘Me and My Girl’.

 

Miss Willson teaches at Corpus Christi School where she is thoroughly enjoying her role as Music Specialist. Partnership with Richard Challoner School continues to thrive and the new Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 course is well underway.

 

This will be a bridge for many of Willson Academy students who go to Richard Challoner sixth form, the opportunity to continue their training in the arts and progress further to established drama schools such as GSA/PPA.

Principal, Ballet/Musical Theatre/Show Class

Our Academy Team

Willson Academy of Performing Arts opened its doors for the first time in September 2005. We now have over 200 pupils taking part in dance classes ranging from Ballet, Modern, Tap, Street, Cheer, Ballet, Show Class and Musical Theatre.

 

All teachers are fully qualified and all have an enhanced CRB/DBS Checks.

 

We offer a varied timetable for children of all ages and follow the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) syllabus.

 

Willson Academy has a fantastic team of professional and enthusiastic teachers with a wealth of knowledge and experience in their particular genre. All week day classes take place at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School in New Malden, Surrey. All Saturday classes at Richard Challoner School in New Malden.

 

 

Tap

Kelly started dancing at the age of 3 at North Cheam Stage and Ballet School. She started helping with classes aged 11 and went on to qualify as a teacher with the IDTA in 2002.

 

Kelly has been teaching tap at Willson Academy from the opening of the school. She also teaches at North Cheam Academy of Dance.

 

Kelly's full time job is a Primary School teacher and she is currently in her fifth year of teaching Year 2.

 

She has been performing and dancing in a variety of local shows with a range of performing companies since the age of 13.

 

Kelly has been choreographing dances for amateur dramatic and performance groups for the last 15 years, and has organised, promoted and run the Hinchley Manor Operatic Society’s Summer Workshop for 12 years.

Cheerleading/Modern/Street

Miss Sam has been dancing since the age of 4 and has trained in all styles of dance.

 

She has performed in many musicals as a principal dancer, including 42nd Street and Copacabana.

 

Miss Sam has worked in TV commercials, soaps and in films, where she successfully auditioned for Tim Burton for a part in ‘Dark Shadows the Movie’ with Johnny Depp.

 

She is now very proud to see her children’s achievements, with her son, Tommy, starring in the recent ITV Drama ‘The Guilty’, and her daughter, Amelia, being the face of Asda school clothes in adverts on television and in national newspapers, and of course, most importantly, as a student of Willson Academy.

Ballet/Tap/Modern

Miss Josie has been dancing since the age of three; trained in ballet, tap, modern, musical theatre and freestyle.

 

She began her training at Denise Winmill School of Dance, where she assisted in ballet classes for 8 years and taught tap and modern for 2 years before leaving for university.

 

Josie joined the Musical Theatre class at Willson Academy when she was 15.

 

She has the IDTA Associate qualification in Freestyle Dance and a degree in Musical Theatre from The University of Chichester.

 

She choreographed Sister Act for Hinchley Manor Operatic Society in 2015 which won the National Operatic and Dramatic Association award for Best Musical, and is now Head of Dance at the Holy Cross School.

 

Did You Know…?

Willson Academy has a fantastic team of professional and enthusiastic teachers with a wealth of knowledge and experience in their particular genre. Classes take place at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School in New Malden on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and at Richard Challoner School in New Malden on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

 

All teachers are fully qualified and all have an enhanced CRB/DBS Checks.

 

We offer a varied timetable for children of all ages and follow the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) syllabus.

 

 

Our aim is to provide a well structured theatrical curriculum within a caring atmosphere, where young children and students can develop their love of dance and theatre, whether for enjoyment, or as the basis for a professional career.

 

As ballet is the strong foundation for all dance genres, we start our very young budding ballerinas with Melody Bear First Ballet classes, which are specifically geared towards young children developing a natural love of dance and movement. This then leads to the beginning of preparatory ballet and formal classes. We have also recently added 'Tip Tap Toe' and Groovy Moves Modern classes for our budding young dancers, which work alongside and compliment Melody Bear ballet.