Top Dance Academy in Bournemouth to Open Brand New, Purpose-Built Studios

Despite lockdown and being unable to teach face-to-face since March, Jamie Lee Dance Academy (JLDA) had outgrown its previous surroundings and has relocated to brand new, purpose-built studios in Kinson, Bournemouth.

“When I was younger, I attended the most wonderful, special ballet school. This school played such a huge part in my life that I made a vow that one day I would try to recreate that magical school - and shape the future generation of performers.”

Jamie Lee Mason – School Principal

JLDA is proud to announce the opening of their brand new, purpose-built studios in Kinson, Bournemouth.

After 14 months of hard work, blood, sweat and tears we can now boast:

  • Two professional, purpose-built dance studios, with sprung floors, fitted mirrors and pianos;
  • A music and vocal room, for our musical theatre coaches (complete with vocal recording equipment!);
  • A student lounge with a designated ‘homework area’;
  • A student kitchen;
  • A large reception area and private office; and
  • Three separate bathrooms.

Our books are now open for September intake!

We specialise in professional dance and theatre training. We are a disciplined and technical school with extremely high standards and have links with professional London agencies, offering our students regular TV and Film work.

Our staff are fully qualified and have all worked professionally within the industry. We also have links with many of the top London colleges.

We have very limited places available so please contact us ASAP if you wish to book a FREE trial lesson.

We would be more than happy to show you around our brand new, PURPOSE BUILT DANCE STUDIOS!

The ballet classes have a strong focus on technique and it was the industry standard senior jazz classes that got my daughter through her dance auditions in particular. Apart from the professional training, we were made to feel very welcome to the school and my daughter had the opportunity to improve her vocal training, perform in two shows, dance festivals and train in group dances with the Elite Team… all in the space of two terms. All this resulted in offers from 5 top schools including GSA, ArtsEd and Mountview, all upon first attempt.

JLDA Parent

The new studios are located at 1631-1633, Wimborne Rd, Bournemouth BH11 9AR.


JLDA ONLINE!! 💜 Launching Monday 20th April! We are so exciting for our new, upcoming online programme! And, we are even offering a massive 40% off of our usual class fees! Want to continue your training? Want high quality, professional training that will push you and challenge you? Need to keep on top of exam work? Then contact us TODAY! We are offering the following classes online to ANY student who maybe interested in training with us: - Mummy and Me (age 18-36 months) - Pre school ballet and tap - ISTD Ballet (Pre primary - Intermediate) - ISTD Modern (Primary - Advanced one) - ISTD Tap (Primary - Advanced one) - Street Dance (Ages 5-12 years) - Jazz Dance (Foundation & Advanced) - Contemporary Dance (Foundation & Advanced) - Acrobatics conditioning (Juniors, Mids and Seniors) - Elite Ballet (Advanced) - Musical Theatre (Juniors, Mids & Seniors) Our already competitive prices are now at an all time low! We also offer monthly instalments for your convenience. Please contact us today to get enrolled for next week. We will be offering a mixture of pre recorded and live ZOOM classes! One on one Skype lessons in all genres available upon request. Please share 💜 and I look forward to seeing you virtually in the studio next week! 💜

🌟 Our very own Alfie in the news! 🌟

What a lovely front page article of our gorgeous Alfie to wake up to this morning! Thank you New Milton advertiser!



We are very excited to be launching our new FOUNDATION and ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY classes! Classes start on Monday 7th October at 6.30pm (Foundation 9-13yrs) and 7.15pm (Advanced 14yrs+) at our beautiful studios - LeAF Studios, Holloway Avenue, BH11 9JW. We have free on-site parking! Contact us today to book your place! info@jamieleedanceacademy / Contemporary dance is a genre of dance performance that developed during the mid-twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. Contemporary dance embodies ballet, modern, jazz and lyrical. It uses techniques such as ballet as its fundamentals and creates many more greater movements that do not adhere to the strict rules of ballet and modern. Miss 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 continued her training at London Studio Centre where she achieved a BA Hons degree in Theatre Dance. Kelly has performed in many shows including Ballet Russe's Nutcracker, Moby Dick the Musical, Brigadoon and The Merry Widow, as well as performing contemporary and jazz dance pieces by acclaimed choreographers in venues such as the Hackney Empire, Wimbledon Theatre and The Pleasance Theatre in London. Ex-students of Kelly’s have gone on to perform with Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston, commercial dancing for recording artists such as Beyonce, as well as the novelty dance act Twist and Pulse. 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. #JLDA #DANCE #CONTEMPORARY #BOURNEMOUTH #POOLE #TRAINING #CONDITIONING

A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line - High School Edition is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of 15 professional performers, auditioning for a job in a Broadway show. Join the cast of these vibrant, virtuous and venturesome youngsters in a hit musical combining a brilliant fusion of song, dance and compelling drama. Featuring one powerhouse number after another, A Chorus Line really is... 'one singular sensation!' Join the cast of JLDA for a one-off performance, combining song, dance and compelling drama, that’ll leave you dancing in the aisles & crying out for more! SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER at POOLE HIGH SCHOOL TICKETS £15.00 (with concessions available)

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.


🌟 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