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Project information

Changing lives step by step

We are committed to attracting and training the most talented and passionate dancers, irrespective of their ability to pay. Our overarching vision is to offer an environment for children from every background to grow in confidence and foster a love for dance, music and theatre.

Ongoing project running in line with the academic year.

Charity information: The Du Boisson Dance Foundation

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  • Need


    We want to lead more children away from their sofas, their televisions and their computer screens and onto the dance floor; away from lives with scant opportunity and towards the joy of performance and hope for the future. Our aim is to provide a stage for every child, irrespective of their background or family circumstances. And, as we have discovered, talent does not always come with the money needed to nurture it.


    We support talented children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the desire and ability to attend two of London’s leading dance schools. The West London School of Dance (WLSDance) provides part-time ballet tuition to over 300 pupils and the Young Dancers Academy (YDA) provides a full vocational training and a first rate academic education on a full-time basis to around 50 aspiring students aged 11-16.

    Many of the students fulfil their ambition to become professional dancers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide full vocational training for two children for the forthcoming academic year.


    » In years 7, 8 & 9, the vocational training focuses on establishing a strong foundation of excellent technique, musicality and expression.
    » In years 10 & 11, the training concentrates on increasing students repertoire, technique and preparation for entry into major dance schools.
    » Classes include: Classical ballet, Repertoire, Pointe, Body Conditioning, Choreography, Classical jazz, Tap, Hip-hop, Singing.
    » We offer children an outstanding academic education at YDA. Experienced members of staff help each student reach the highest level possible.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through the development of their dance skills, an annual dance assessment, live performance opportunities and academic achievements in YDA.

  • Impact


    Many of our students fulfil their ambition to become professional dancers, going on to train with the world’s top ballet schools. Our students dance on stages all across the world.

    We also strive for academic excellence and YDA continues to receive ‘Outstanding in all areas’ from OFSTED. Entry into YDA does not depend on academic ability. Small classes ensure students are well supported and make good progress, regardless of their academic level.


    Staff turnover of teachers may pose a risk to the project. Anna du Boisson and Kerry Williams founded the dance schools and the charitable foundation, their strong leadership continues today and ensures that any change of circumstance is well managed.

    Changes to the students own family circumstances may also effect the outcome of the project. Anna and Kerry work closely with all families to ensure students can reach their highest potential.


    Donors will receive regular email updates and a copy of our annual newsletter. Major donors will also receive a special thanks from the students that they have supported to ensure they can hear first hand how they are transforming the lives of these talented children.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,500 Student 1 Full funding for one child for one academic year
      £12,500 Student 2 Full funding for one child for one academic year
  • Background


    We are based in Shepherds Bush, west London and are proud to attract a diverse range of students from across the UK and even abroad.

    Amongst the 50 full-time students at YDA, 26 are currently receiving either a full or partial bursary, which enables a significant number of children to attend the school from socially and financially deprived backgrounds.


    Talented young dancers from the most disadvantaged backgrounds will be given the opportunity to develop to their full potential.

    Theatres and their audiences will also benefit as many of our students go on to become professional dancers performing on stages across the world.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    WLSDance was founded in 1986 and YDA followed in 2006. Anna du Boisson and Kerry Williams founded the schools and continue to lead them today. With over 30 years of experience in training talented children to become future ballet dancers we are best placed to provide such opportunities to children from all backgrounds. Many of the world's top ballet schools recognise the exceptional quality of training that students receive during their time at WLSDance and YDA.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anna Du Boisson - Founder & Artistic Director

    Anna is key to the success of the project as she oversees the vocational training of all students.

    Kerry Williams - Founder & Executive Director

    Kerry ensures a balance is struck between vocational training and academic education and also manages all business matters and pastoral care.

    Kate Blakeburn - School Principal At YDA

    Kate oversees the academic education of students within YDA, managing the academic teachers, syllabus and timetable.