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Joanne Ward Dance Academy

The Joanne Ward Dance Academy is a dance school in Hersham, Surrey based at St Peters Church Hall. It was established by Joanne Ward in 2004 and has over 100 pupils. JWDA offers a high quality of training and dance classes in a safe, happy and structured environment. JWDA caters for children's ballet classes from RAD Pre-School through to Intermediate Foundation, RAD Syllabus classes, adult ballet classes and Jazz & Musical Theatre as well as Tap Classes. We value the well being of each and every student and aim to nurture, support and encourage them. Through this method students will gain grace, strength, creativity and confidence as well as developing self-discipline, musicality and a joy of dance. RAD examinations are taken by the pupils and as a school we've achieved a 100% pass rate with Merits and Distinctions. Open classes are held at the end of each term for parents and families of the children so that they can share and enjoy their children's progress.

Joanne Ward ARAD, Dip PDTC Distinction

Joanne's background in professional & performance ballet, musical theatre and television provides her with unique expertise and credentials in the performing arts.

From an early age, Joanne was performing professionally in pantomimes alongside the Carry On team and Freddie Davis. She trained at the Arts Educational School in London, going on to perform principle roles with the Dublin City Ballet Company in Ireland including dancing with the Dublin Grand Opera.

On her return to the UK, she performed in the Jim Davidson show playing the role of Cinderella before joining the original cast of the West End tap musical 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Joanne went on to play the role of Phyllis Dale and, later the juvenile lead Peggy Sawyer - a role she also played on the first national tour and return season to the West End at the Dominion Theatre.

On television Joanne has appeared on the Royal Variety Performances of 1985 & 1986, A Royal Night of 100 Stars, Casualty, House of Elliott and Little Englanders to name a few. In film she has appeared in The Hawk and the James Bond movie Goldeneye.

Joanne's experience also encompasses choreography for pantomime & smaller revues and acting in corporate videos.

A scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dance led her into a teaching career and in 1995 she graduated with distinction from the professional dancers teaching course.

Joanne now runs her own dance school in Surrey and also teaches at the Royal Academy of Dance School (RAD) in London and at Centre Stage Dance and Drama. She regularly teaches artistic enhancement classes for the South West branch of the RAD and RAD Summer Schools both in England and abroad. She has also taught at MOVE IT for the RAD and been assistant choreographer for the Finale at Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

She has had the pleasure of teaching the ballet classes for the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) Classical Performance Awards and at the IDTA London Seminar. Joanne has also had the honour of adjudicating for the Classical Performance Awards.

Joanne was selected to be one of the few teachers nationwide to teach Sir Frederick Ashton workshops for the RAD. She has also as successfully completed a Well Being for Life Course,this enables her to teach seniors in Care Homes and Day Centres. Most recently Joanne became a licenced Silver Swan teacher enabling her to teach adults over the age of 55.

In October 2018 Joanne became the Principal of the Royal Academy of Dance School at the headquarters in London.

Teacher - Madelaine Price BA(Hons), RAD RTS

Madelaine trained for 9 years at Elmhurst School for Dance graduating with a Diploma in Dance. She went on to continue her dance training and education at the University of Surrey, Roehampton graduating with a BA Hons in Dance Studies.Madelaine then embarked on her teaching qualifications with the Royal Academy of Dance graduating with a Certificate in Dance Teaching Studies. Further training has included the Ballet Education Practice course with Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House.

Madelaine has enjoyed a career in dance teaching with the Joanne Ward Dance Academy and also teaches for the Royal Opera House Education Department on their Chance to Dance Programme, Dance Dynamic and Family Performances.

Madelaine also works for the Northern Ballet Company on their Children's Ballet Workshops.

Guest Coach - Glyn Kerslake.

Glyn trained as an actor at Arts Educational Schools, London.

Glyn is also an accomplished composer and has written a children's musical called Haunted.  Glyn made his West End debut in the company of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre in 1988. His credits include Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, The Three Phantoms to name but a few!

In 2012 he appeared in the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim which then transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2013. It was released in cinemas world wide by Digital Theatre. 

Recently Glyn is performing in London Calling at Salisbury Playhouse.Glyn joins JWDA for the Summer Workshop to coach the students in vocals, acting and performance.

Glyn is now head of musical theatre at MADD college in Nottingham.