About us

Mission Statement

Aim, Aspire and Achieve

WTA dance academy fosters a welcoming environment which stimulates and encourages students in the learning process.

Each student is unique; they are valued and respected and given the opportunity to progress in their chosen art form, developing self worth and a positive self image whatever their ability.

Students are encouraged to appreciate others and develop tolerance, care and respect for one another.

Throughout their time at WTA students will experience a high standard of teaching that will develop kinaesthetic awareness, creativity, new skills and aesthetic appreciation, as well as broadening their minds and providing enjoyment.

The academy seeks to develop students to their full potential, recognising their individual and diverse gifting.

AIMS:

  • To provide a caring, stimulating, stable environment, where every child feels happy, safe and secure.
  • To develop a partnership between home and the academy that is beneficial and supportive.
  • To create a caring, respectful and courteous environment where students develop social skills such as co-operation, tolerance and appreciation of each other.
  • To maintain and uphold high levels of teaching in order to develop creativity, performance ability and aesthetic appreciation.
  • To foster high standards of behaviour and self-discipline in all students.
  • To nurture achievement through success in exams, auditions and performance.
  • To encourage and enable every student to develop their full potential by celebrating personal achievement.
  • To develop and deepen an interest in dance and performance through exposure to professional work

About us

Lynne Wright MA, QTS, CDE, DIP LCDD

Founder and Director of WTA Dance Academy.

Lynne trained at The London College of Dance and Drama and danced professionally in this country and the Americas.

Lynne won critical acclaim in Buenos Aires where she founded, performed with and choreographed for her own dance company before returning to Britain.

Creating a base in Ilkley, West Yorkshire she taught for many and varied dance establishments including being one of the founder teachers and board members of The Yorkshire Dance Centre where she taught Jazz dance and founded the children’s work. In 1989 she began working in the fitness industry, specialising in exercise to music, ante and post natal exercise and exercise for the elderly, gaining a certificate in advanced fitness from Loughborough University.

In 2002 she attained an M.A. in Contemporary Performing Arts, specialising in choreography, since then she set up and ran a successful dance department at Bingley Grammar School in West Yorkshire boasting some of the best GCSE and A Level results in the area, whilst attaining qualified teacher status. She has worked as a dance professional in schools for many years and is an experienced workshop leader and inset trainer.

She is the artistic director of TranscenDance Co, a performing company of dancers and teachers with whom she runs summer theatre schools each year known as The Light Fantastic. In September 2007 Lynne founded Wright Theatre Arts Dance Academy in order to promote her personal ethos which is to develop excellence and confidence within a safe, friendly and supportive environment.

WTA Dance Academy is affiliated to The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is the world’s leading dance examinations board. Formed in 1904 it is today a registered educational charity and is the only organisation that covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale.

The ISTD’s chief objective is “to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms”.

Tamsin Wright BPA (hons)

Teacher and choreographer at WTA Dance Academy

Tamsin trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance Conservatoire gaining a BPA Hons degree in contemporary dance performance in 2007.

She taught at WTA whilst organising further training in New York City where she trained in such esteemed establishments as The Alvin Ailey School, The Cunningham Studios, Martha Graham School, Paul Taylor Dance Company, not to mention taking advantage of the time to study American Tap and Hip Hop as well! In 2009 she performed with Peter Grist and company where she won acclaim for her energy and athleticism.  In 2010 she was the lead singer and dancer for Classic International Cruises performing shows around the Baltic and the Mediterranean.

Tamsin has been strongly influenced through her work in India where she performed with the A list Stars of Bollywood, dancing in the Movies, Music Videos and performing on Dance India Dance. On her return Tamsin choreographed and performed in Chipperfield’s Bollywood Circus, later forming Wright Bollywood Dance Company.

Through close links with WTA Dance Academy, Tamsin is also on occasions using some of our senior girls from the Associate programme on a semi-professional basis, which provides invaluable experience for some who may wish to take their dancing further in the future.

In 2013 Tamsin also trained as a Sport

The Academy & Registration

Children are accepted into the Saturday morning Ballet Bambini class from the age of 2 years provided they will stay on their own once settled, which in some cases may take more than one lesson.

A registration form must be completed.

By doing so you are indicating that you agree to comply with the rules and regulations of the School. Fees are payable within 30 days of the beginning of each financial term. Payment made in full electronically or by cheque only.

Uniforms

Pupils are required to wear the correct uniform as this provides a disciplined approach to class. Hair should be worn neatly and preferably in a bun.

Dance is a disciplined art form and as such it is important to be correctly presented at all times in terms of uniform and hair. This is essential in the development of self – control, discipline, self – esteem and respect.

Students are required to wear regulation I.S.T.D uniform for all dance classes as follow.

Ballet

Ballet Bambini – Primary

Pink leotard and skirt

Grade 1 – 3

Plum leotard and skirt

Grade 4 – 5

Purple leotard and elastic waist band

Level 6 – Advanced

Black leotard and skirt

Pointe Shoes

Character Shoes and skirt needed for levels

Boys Uniform

White leotard, black leggings, white socks and black ballet shoes

Optional extras

  • Cardigans – Reception – Primary; Pink
  • Grades 1 – 3; White
  • Grade 4 – Advanced 2; Black
  • Warm ups for senior grades – Leg warmers and warm up body suits

Pupils are required to wear the correct uniform as this provides a disciplined approach to class. Hair should be worn neatly and preferably in a bun.

Dance is a disciplined art form and as such it is important to be correctly presented at all times in terms of uniform and hair. This is essential in the development of self – control, discipline, self – esteem and respect.

Students are required to wear regulation I.S.T.D uniform for all dance classes as follow.

Modern and Tap

Primary – Grade 1

Leotard dress, white ankle socks and pink tap shoes

Grade 2 – 5

Key hole leotard, black footless tights
and black tap shoes

Level 6 – Advanced

Black leotard and skirt

Jazz

Key hole leotard in choice of colours with black jazz pant

Choreography

Key hole leotard in choice of colours with black footless leggings, or Lilac leotard with black jazz pants.
Black jazz shoes or bare feet.

Outdoor Uniform

WTA fleece , choice of colours.
WTA sweat shirt / Hoodie, or zip in a choice of colours.
Black tracksuit bottoms or black jazz trousers.

New! WTA onesie, perfect for staying warm before and after class, and great to wear during showtime.

Hair Accessories for ballet can be purchased from