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Annie KIDS - Junior Musical Theatre Summer School!

JLDA are thrilled to be offering 'Annie KIDS' as our Junior Musical Theatre summer school this year! Open to any child - aged 5-10 years - who loves to perform! 'Annie KIDS' features everyone's favourite redhead in her very first adventure! Join us for a fun-filled week of singing, dancing and acting! There will be lines to learn, costumes to make & songs to be sung! All working towards a final performance to friends and parents at the end of the week! Summer school will run from 10am-4pm MONDAY 29TH JULY - FRIDAY 2ND AUGUST at our JLDA studios in BOURNEMOUTH. Places are limited and our summer school does sell out every year, so we strongly advise booking early to avoid disappointment. Please visit the event page for more info and a booking form.

**A CHORUS LINE AUDITIONS**

🌟 Are you aged between 11 and 28? 🌟 Do you love to Sing, Dance and Act? 🌟 Would you like to work with theatre professionals to create a full-scale musical? Then we are looking for you! What happens when you put 80 young performers together in a professional theatre with an amazing Choreographer, superb Director, a fantastic Musical Director, breathtaking set and costumes with outstanding lighting designs…. pure theatrical magic, that’s what! All the information and the Audition Form can now be found on our website. Deadline for submission is 1st June 2019.

4th Feb 2019

Our gorgeous, talented Alfie had a wonderful time at the ISTD Boys dance day! This is the second year Alfie has attended this event held at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts. Well done young man, can’t wait to hear more about it all! Xxx

3rd Feb 2019

Six months ago, I sat down with Rhian and Emily and showed them an application I had downloaded for Emily for TRING PARK SCHOOL, a full time, boarding performing arts school - one of the best in the country. I told them both I thought this was the right step for Emily, that she is capable of such spectacular things. Once Rhian had calmed down, we submitted the application and myself, Adam and Emily worked extremely hard in preparation for her audition. I am absolutely thrilled to say we have just found out that Emily has been offered a place at TRING PARK SCHOOL as a full time boarder! She has also been invited to the scholarship audition in March. So proud of you my darling girl. Blessed to have been part of your amazing journey so far. Now GO FLY!!! I’ll be supporting you every step of the way xxxx @emily_derham_dance @gilbertrhian #proud #jlda #elite #training #standards #technique

1st Feb 2019 - CONGRATULATIONS to Channon

Who has been offered a foundation year at BIRD COLLEGE and also a recall at URDANG!! You are just FLYING darling girl!!! #PROUD #JLDA

27th Jan 2019 - Southern Dance Awards

A phenomenal day at the Southern Dance Class Awards today. A different competition to usual. The students learnt a routine in each genre (ballet, tap and jazz) and perform to a panel of judges. Finalists are then announced and more of the routine is then taught. Placing are then given from 5th to 1st place. The standard was insanely high today, with the content and pace of the classes extremely challenging. Our juniors - Amelia, Lexi and Samantha - started the day, with Lexi making it through to the finals in Ballet. The next age group saw Scarlett, Holly and Carese compete. Scarlett made the finals in Ballet and Tap - a huge achievement for one of the youngest competitors! Carese blew everyone away by placing in ALL THREE GENRES!!! What a SUPERSTAR! Seniors finished the day, with Emily, Channon and Izzy. All three girls made the ballet finals and danced very well indeed. Emily placed THIRD in both Jazz and Tap. A fantastic achievement for - once again - one of the youngest competitors. Izzy also made the finals in Jazz too! Well done elites, what an experience! Learn from this & use it to grow. So proud of each and every one of you! Xxx #jlda #elite #competition

24th Jan 2019 - Our girls are on a roll! 🌟

Congratulations to Tanesha who has been offered a place at PERFORMERS COLLEGE! 💕 You continue to blow me away Tanesha... Well done lovely girl xxx

23rd Jan 2019

SHE DID IT!! 🌟 Congratulations to our lovely Channon who has been accepted at Wilkes Academy with a SCHOLARSHIP!!! I was (literally) jumping for joy when you told me this evening. You have worked SO hard for this. Go fly darling girl 💕 #PROUD

23rd Jan 2019

Junior elites - Lexi and Samantha - ready to take on the world! 💚 #JLDA #JUNIOR #ELITES #COMPETITION #SEASON #TRAINING #STANDARDS

20th Jan 2019

An exciting weekend for our lovely Holly, who has been fitted for her first pair of pointe shoes! You really deserve this moment sweetheart. You have been so committed to your pre pointe work training the last year. Keep up the hard work lovely girl 🌟 #jlda #ballet #pointeshoes #training #dance

19th Jan 2019 - ‘Inspirational Young Hero’ Emily Derham

our very own ‘inspirational young hero’ Emily Derham, was invited to attend ‘Calendar Girls’ at the Mayflower theatre in Southampton as a VIP! Not only did she watch the show but was invited on stage after to meet the celebrity cast including Denise Welch & Fern Britton. Thank you (again!) to Paul Scates for your continued support in Emily. She loves being a ‘Young hero’ -for her dedication to dance- and we cannot thank you enough for these continued, spectacular opportunities!

Unqualified ballet teachers can 'damage' children!

Correct classical training is something I am passionate about. So often now, children are being pushed by unqualified, inexperienced teachers. Students go ‘en pointe’ nowadays without the sufficient pre pointe training or guidance. I wish these teachers understood the physical damage they’re doing to these children’s bodies!!!!

17th Jan 2019 - Proud of our JLDA students who are the VON TRAPP children in this wonderful production! #PROUD

Team Von: Liesl – Hannah Bushnell, Gretyl – Lexi Shakespeare, Marta – Nieve Arrowsmith, Kurt – Michael Farrow, Brigitta – Grace Hebditch, Louisa – Mollie Woodland, Fredereich – Dominic Wells. Team Trapp: Liesl – Hannah Bushnell, Gretyl – Samantha Garton, Marta – Ellie-Lou Adams, Kurt – Michael Farrow, Brigitta – Isla Norris, Louisa – Carese Rogers, Fredereich – Dominic Wells. The teams will be performing on the following dates: Weds 29th May, 7.30pm – Team Von, Thurs 30th May, 2.30pm – Team Trapp, Thurs 30th May, 7.30pm – Team Von, Fri 31st May, 2.30pm – Team Von, Fri, 31st May, 7.30pm – Team Trapp, Sat 1st June, 2.30pm – Team Von, Sat 2nd June, 7.30pm – Team Trapp. ** Tickets are now on sale from The Regent Centre! **

7th Jan 2019 - Happy 3rd birthday JLDA! 🎉

Three years ago today we opened our doors in a small community centre with only five students. Now, over 300 students later, we have two JLDA branches, 12 members of staff, 55 classes a week, 2 competitive elite teams, a thriving parents committee and 2 high profile school patrons. Thank you everyone who has continued to support me along the way. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful JLDA family. Things are going to be busier than ever this year, who’s excited for the next rollercoaster ride? ❤️

5th Jan 2019 - A simply FABULOUS first day of classes at our new JLDA branch in CHRISTCHURCH!

It was such a pleasure to start our new classes at this wonderful, professional location. Thank you @biglittle.theatreschool for the first class studios! #JLDA #BALLET #DANCE #CHRISTCHURCH #TRAINING

3rd Jan 2019 - Congratulations to all our JLDA students who have been cast as the VON TRAPP CHILDREN in this wonderful production! #PROUD

Gretyl – Lexi Shakespeare & Samantha Garton, Marta – Nieve Arrowsmith & Ellie-Lou Adams, Kurt – Michael Farrow, Brigitta – Grace Hebditch & Isla Norris, Louisa – Carese Rogers & Mollie Woodland, Fredereich – Dominic Wells

Congratulations to Izzy, Ellie and Emily

They have been selected - after a successful audition - to perform at MOVE IT next year. Emily is the ONLY year 9 student in the whole of LeAF to have been chosen!! Well done girls! #PROUD

Congratulations to all those who took Modern, Tap and Ballet exams last term!

The results have been outstanding, with extremely high distinctions and merits all round! A special WELL DONE to Scarlett Parker who received the highest Distinction of the entire examining weekend!

She's on a Roll!!! 😍

Congratulations to our lovely Tanesha who, after a successful audition, has been offered a place at the prestigious BIRD COLLEGE in London. Tanesha all your hard work is paying off, I am just loving watching you fly. Well done darling girl xxxx

New Classes in Christchurch starting in January

We are SO excited for our new JLDA BALLET classes that start in CHRISTCHURCH in January! We are offering ISTD exam classes on a Saturday & associate (non syllabus) training on a Wednesday. Places are filling up fast! Email or message us to book your TWO FREE TRIAL LESSONS* today! 🌟SATURDAY CLASSES: 🌟 9.30am-10.15am PRE SCHOOL BALLET (Age 3-4) 🌟 10.15am-11.15am PRE PRIMARY BALLET & TAP (Age 5-6) 🌟 12.15pm-13.15pm PRIMARY BALLET & TAP (Age 7-8) 🌟 13.15pm-14.30pm INTERMEDIATE BALLET (Age 14+) 🌟 14.30pm-15.30pm GRADE 3 BALLET (Age 10-12) 🌟WEDNESDAY CLASSES: 🌟 5.30pm-6.15pm JLDA JUNIOR ASSOCIATE BALLET (Age 8-10) 🌟 6.15pm-7.00pm JLDA MID ASSOCIATE BALLET (Age 11-12) 🌟 7.00pm-8.00pm JLDA SENIOR ASSOCIATE BALLET (Age 13+) JLDA pride ourselves on first class, professional dance training, with a heavy emphasis on correct classical technique. Our associate classes are an alternative (or addition) to exam training & are taught by Miss Keira who brings her expertise direct from The Royal Ballet School. Our ISTD classes are taught by school principal and head of ballet, Miss Jamie Lee, who trained at Bird College, London. We have limited places in each class so please do contact us early to guarantee your place for January. All classes are held at the BIGLITTLE Studios in CHRISTCHURCH. *Free trial lessons open to new students only.

Urdang Associate Course, 4th December 2018

Congratulations Tanesha! Tanesha auditioned for the URDANG ASSOCIATE course on Sunday and out of hundreds of dancers secured one of the very few elite places! Tanesha will start additional coaching at Urdang as of January, which will continue to improve and develop her as an all round performer.

Back in Time for Christmas - 1st December 2018
'OUTSTANDING, SUPERB, WONDERFUL, EXCELLENT'

Reviewers very rarely - if ever - review dance school shows! I am blown away that Dorset Theatre Reviews - were in last night and the review is beyond belief. *** For the first time ever I really do not know how to review this superb show. Every single routine was outstanding and I could go through them all and I would be using the same words each time, OUTSTANDING, SUPERB, WONDERFUL, EXCELLENT etc. Obviously I cannot do this but take it from me that not one of the routines was just ordinary. Having said all this I shall just pick out a few that were my personal favourites, however please do not feel if I do not mention your routine that I did not love it because I did. So here goes. Act One Battle of the Mice and Soldiers was charming., Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy, excellent. I loved ‘All that Jazz’. In the Mood by Pre-Primary Tap was enchanting. Who could ever forget ‘White Christmas’ by Pre-School Ballet it was unbelievable. Waltz of the Snowflakes, lovely. Act Two Born to Handjive was lovely and colourful. ‘Goldfinger’ what a super performance. I loved the Abba Medley and Super Mario Theme. The 42nd Street Tap was outstanding. The Elves were lovely. What more can I say - an outstanding show. The costumes and setting were beyond belief. How the backstage crew managed to get everyone out of one costume and into another so efficiently I have no idea. Well done. The choreography was outstanding (told you I would say that over and over) as was the band. I just feel with so much hard work and effort it is a shame it is for ‘One Night Only’. It would be lovely to see it all again and I am sure there are many people who were not able to see this performance for one reason or another who would have loved to be able to go on another evening. I expect you can have guessed that I had an ‘OUTSTANDING’ evening. Well done to everyone involved. Lyn Richel

Mind Media Awards’, London – 28th November 2018

Off she goes!! 💕 Good luck to Emily who is en route to London to have her first session with her celebrity mentor! Then off to walk the RED CARPET at the MIND MEDIA AWARDS tonight, as Emily has been invited as a ‘Young Hero’ VIP for her dedication to dance! What a way to round up the year for this spectacular girl!

Superb Leading Lady Award! 8th October 2018

All of JLDA wish to congratulate Miss Jamie-Lee on being award the 'Leading Lady' award at the Ovation Awards on Saturday night. This award was on reflection of Miss Jamie-Lee’s performance as Reno Sweeney in ‘Anything Goes’. A huge congratulations from us all - very well deserved!

Back in Time for Christmas - 1st December 2018

We are returning to the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2018 for our annual JLDA show! Which is set to be bigger and better than ever! Featuring over 250 talented performers, accompanied by our very own JLDA community choir and also a live big band! 'Back in time for Christmas' takes us back through the Christmas generations. A young girl, Jane, makes a wish and magically transports back to Christmas past. As we venture through the years, we celebrate the iconic stars from each era. But will Jane make it back home in time for Christmas day? Tickets are now on sale direct from bhlivetickets

JLDA's Tanesha is awarded MOST PROMISING DANCER 2018 - 3rd July 2018

We are thrilled to hear that Tanesha has been awarded the 'Most promising senior dancer' from the Bournemouth dance festival this year. An amazing achievement and so well deserved! Congratulations!

Gala Awards Evening - 7th July 2018

We had so much fun at our Annual Gala Awards this week! A huge congratulations to this year's winners! It was such a lovely evening and so wonderful to be able to dance the night away with you all! Roll on next year!

JLDA's Alfie is accepted in to THE ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL

I am over the moon to announce that our super talented Alfie has been accepted in to the Royal Ballet School Associate course. Hard work pays off young man and I am so very proud of you!

JLDA Arts Showcase

On Sunday 1st July, JLDA performed in their first 'Arts Showcase'. Demonstrating the talents and professionalism of each child here at the school. Well done for a spectacular performance (in unbearable heat!).