Jamie Lee Dance Academy

Jamie Lee Dance Academy (JLDA) is one of the finest Performing Arts Schools in Dorset, founded by School Principal, visionary and former West-End professional Jamie-Lee Mason.

Along with School Patron, Scott Maslen (Eastenders star and TV personality) and West End star Ashley Day,  JLDA offers the complete package for any up and coming performer.

We follow the ISTD syllabus with our fully qualified team and students are able to take exams if they wish.

We are proud to be a family orientated, welcoming school, dedicated to offering all our students the best training and performance opportunities.

Please explore our website to find out more!

Our Classes

Ballet

From 'Mummy and Me' classes to Advanced ISTD Ballet and Pointe Work

Tap

Tiny Tap to Advanced

Modern

Primary to Advanced ISTD

Contemporary & Jazz

A free work class with a variety of styles. Working the good old classic leaps, kicks and turns technique.

Musical Theatre

Singing, Dancing and Drama

LAMDA

LAMDA

LAMDA drama lessons can be booked individually or in pairs. These classes help build confidence and prepare for auditions.

Acrobatic Arts

Acrobatic Arts is the beautiful fusion of the artistic motion of dance and the athleticism of acrobatics. It promotes excellence in tumbling, flexibility, strength, balance, contortion and group / partner tricks.

Street Dance

This class focuses on the skills and versatility required to interact with a camera. Learning fun routines from up to date pop music right through to the classics of Michael Jackson & Madonna.

Adult / Advanced Classes

Adult Ballet & Tap, Dancefit, Pilates and JLDA Elite.

The JLDA Faculty

Miss Jamie-Lee - School Principal
Acrobatics, Ballet, Jazz, Modern,
Musical Theatre & Tap

As well as teaching acro, ballet, jazz, modern, musical theatre and tap, Miss Jamie Lee also coaches the JLDA Elite competition team. She graduated from Bird College in London with a first class diploma in dance & musical theatre. Professional theatre credits include; 'Oliver' (London palladium), 'Scrooge!' (Uk tour), '7 brides for 7 brothers' (uk tour), 'Aladdin' (Bournemouth Pavillion) to name just a few. Jamie-Lee holds her teaching qualifications with the ISTD and last summer was awarded a teachers scholarship from the ISTD ballet committee, based on her last set of exam results.

Adam Tuffrey B.E.M - Musical Director

Adam is a professional musician and arranger. He founded the hugely successful "Music 4 Meningitis" shows at the age of 15, going on to sell out the Bournemouth Pavilion & BIC. He has raised over £40,000 for the charity ‘Meningitis Now’ and his efforts were recognised by the Queen, with a British Empire Medal in 2014, one of the youngest-ever recipients of this honour. Adam’s background is most definitely in jazz but along with his classical background, he has become one of the most sort after young pianists, vocalists and performers across Dorset. Credits include: BBC Breakfast; Meridian (ITV); "Music 4 Meningitis" (Bournemouth Pavilion & BIC); "Little Shop of Horrors" (Regent Centre, Christchurch); "Oliver" (Regent Centre, Christchurch); "Footloose" (De La Salle Theatre, Bournemouth); “An evening with Adam Tuffrey” (Pier Approach, Bournemouth) and variety shows during the summer season at the Bournemouth Pier Theatre.

Miss Charlotte - LAMDA & Musical Theatre

Charlotte has been performing since a young age. She studied musical theatre at Redroofs Theatre School, leaving with qualifications in RAD Ballet, BTDA and ISTD Tap and Modern, LAMDA Acting and ABRSM Singing, along with performing in professional pantomimes three years running. Miss Charlotte has taught for over 10 years and is a LAMDA registered teacher for both Acting and Musical Theatre, as well as teaching LCM Musical Theatre. Along with teaching group classes, she specialises in audition and exam preparation, with students consistently achieving high distinctions, landing professional roles and being accepted to top drama schools.

Miss Clare - Adult Ballet & Adult Dancefit

Clare started dancing at the young age of three where she began learning the creative arts of ballet, tap, modern, musical theatre and jazz with the RAD and ISTD at her local dance school. At the age of 19 she left Dorset and trained professionally in all dance genres as a dancer and completed her ISTD DDI Dance Teaching qualifications at Performers College in Essex. She graduated from her 3 year Dance Theatre and Musical Theatre Diplomas in 2010 and since then has undertaken a variety of different dance contracts as well as continuing her teaching studies and taking on board new courses and exciting job opportunities within the dance and fitness industry. Clare continues to work professionally within the dance industry.

Miss Katie - Modern

Katie trained at The Centre for Performing Arts College in London where she qualified as a teacher of Ballet, Tap and Modern with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Since graduating she has performed in the West End, pantomimes and in various plays, shows and galas. She now shares her expertise across the south teaching ISTD, GCSE and BTEC dance within Hampshire and Dorset schools. Katie is also the Centre Co-Ordinator for the prestigious Royal Ballet School's Junior Associate Scheme.

Miss Keira - Elite Ballet

Keira trained at the prestigious Royal Ballet School and danced in countless productions including Swan Lake,The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, with The Royal Ballet and Sadlers Wells touring company. Her career took her to Germany where she quickly made her way up to a Principle Dancer and danced in many ballets and even having a ballet created especially for her. She has a wealth of experience and has been teaching classical ballet for over 12 years.

Miss Kelly - Contemporary & Guest Choreographer

Kelly has a BA Hons degree in Theatre Dance. Kelly began her training at BLTS & Murilova Ballet School and at 17 started her professional dance training at Bird College in Sidcup where she gained a Dada Award for the 3 year Diploma course. Kelly has been teaching for 10 years and has worked as part of the dance department at The Brit School in Croydon. Kelly has choreographed and staged many pieces within a range of genres and her work has been performed at central London venues such as The Shaw Theatre, Greenwich Theatre and the Bonnie Bird Theatre at Laban. She has worked on the creative team as a choroegrapher for shows ‘Broadway Showtunes’ (Bournemouth pavilion), ‘9 to 5- the musical’ (Jellicoe Theatre), ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (Jellicoe Theatre) and ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee- the musical’ (Backlight productions).​​

Miss Lizzie - Acrobatics, Ballet, Modern & Tap

lizzie trained at Bird College, London and teaches our street dance classes. Her professional theatre credits include Her Majesty's Theatre, London, The Orchard Theatre, Sidcup, Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre and The Southbank Show, London. After taking a step away from performing, Lizzie now co owns 'Personal Training Poole' Lizzie is delighted to work for JLDA and to lead the street dance classes!

Miss Rachael - Acrobatics, Ballet, Modern, Musical Theatre & Tap

Rachael has been dancing since the age of 3, and before heading to University she completed all her ballet and tap grades at The Topsham School of Dance under the National Association of Teachers of Dancing syllabus. Shortly after moving to Bournemouth Rachael transferred to the ISTD Syllabus. Rachael teaches a variety of classes at JLDA including Tap, Junior Musical Theatre, Acrobatic Arts and a variety of the junior classes.

Miss Tara - Street Dance & Musical Theatre

Tara has worked as a professional dancer and teacher for the last 8 years. She has worked all over the world with backgrounds in TV, Stage and Film. Originally from Cambridge, she studied at Bodywork Theatre School, before working in London and only recently moving down to the South Coast. Street Dance and Commercial Dance have always been her number one passion and her favourite to teach the next generation, having been part of a dance crew until the age of 19 and performing at competitions such as the UDO World Championships.

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