About Amanda Alder Dance Academy Ltd...

Amanda Alder Dance Academy runs over 60 classes a week with around 600 students attending.

We also provide teachers to take classes at Chandlings Manor School, Willow Brook Leisure Centre in Didcot, Sprouts Play Barn at Millets Farm Centre, The Manor Prep School in Abingdon and Fitzharrys School in Abingdon.

 

 

Our team...

Amanda Isard

Director and Teacher

 

Amanda started dancing at the age of 3 in Abingdon with Sally Weichardt. At the age of 12 she began assisting in classes after school. After completing her GCSE's she went on to The North London Dance Studio to study for her ISTD teaching qualifications and performance diploma.

On completion of her teaching qualifications in 2001 Amanda began her teaching with Celia Benson in Oxford, starting up Tap and Modern classes and taking over some of the Ballet classes, she also went 'home' to the Sally Weichardt Academy to teach Modern and Ballet. 

After numerous years of teaching for others, including Stagecoach Theatre Arts and 'Body Jam' at the White Horse Leisure Centre, she decided she wanted to go alone and in 2006 'Amanda Alder Dance Academy' was born.

In 2008 Celia Benson hung up her dancing shoes and Amanda took over the Celia Benson School of Dance.

Amanda has recently choreographed for Oxford Operatics show 9-5 and teaches Dance on the Performing Arts course at Abingdon and Witney College.

 

 

Lorna Candlish

Teacher

 

Lorna started dancing at the age of 4 with the Celia Benson School of Dance, doing ballet. Later on she took up some new styles of dance with Amanda Alder Dance Academy, starting tap and jazz classes - Lorna has a real love for tap, it's one of her favourite styles! Knowing she has always wanted to teach, she then went to The Janet Marshall Dance Studios in Cheltenham to complete her ISTD teacher training qualifications. She now teaches ballet, tap, modern and street dance for Amanda Alder Dance Academy and would love to eventually have her own dance school! 

 

 

 

Laura Milnes

Teacher

 

Laura began dancing at the age of 3 at Step in Time School of Dance doing ballet, tap and modern. She then did most of her ballet & tap training at Sally Weichardt Dance Academy up until the age of 16. She was introduced to Amanda and began street dance at Amanda Alder Dance Academy at the age of 13 and over the years began more classes with the academy and became part of the A Crew. Laura has always loved dancing and performing, and especially has a passion for musical theatre. She has A Levels in both Dance & Performing Arts and is currently doing her ISTD teacher training at the Janet Marshall Dance Studios in Cheltenham. Laura is teaching ballet, tap, modern & street dance with AADA and hopes in the future to become a fully qualified ISTD teacher in ballet, tap & modern and also would love to go on to teach musical theatre & performing arts.

 

 

Holly Evans

Teacher

 

Holly started dancing at 4 years old, doing Ballet and Irish dancing, before stopping at 10 to take up Netball. She has always had a love for performing, and was a member of Stagecoach Wantage from ages 10-15, where she first met Amanda. At 14, she started Modern and Street dance with Amanda Alder, and a year later started Tap, Ballet and became a member of the A Crew. She started assisting at the Abingdon classes at 16 and from here, her love of teaching grew. She had also taken part in numerous amateur theatre productions, including many at Radley College Boys School, both performing with lead roles and doing the choreography. After completing her A Levels in Physical Education, History and Dance, she began her three years of Professional Dance and Musical Theatre training at DNA Studios (formerly North London Dance Studios) and graduated this year with her diploma. Whilst at DNA, she has completed her ISTD DDE training in Tap and Modern, and is currently studying to complete her Ballet. She absolutely loved her time in professional training, and hopes to continue to perform alongside teaching. Holly is so excited to return to AADA and see all the children, and can’t wait pass on the knowledge she has learnt from the industry. 

 

 

Lisa Thornton

Cover Teacher and Class Assistant Saturday Classes

 

Lisa started dancing with Ceila Benson at the age of 4 and has been involved with the school ever since! She has been assisiting with the Saturday classes for a very long time. She is just wonderful with the children and you will often see her helping at exams and shows.

She works full time as a Pre School Manager and has just finished studying for a foundation degree in Early Years.

 

 

Daniel Hemming

Pianist - Monday Risinghurst and Saturday Headington classes

 

Daniel played in class for Celia Benson for numerous years before continuing with Amanda Alder Dance Academy.

He is a fantastic pianist who can also be found backstage moving the props and scenery during shows!

 

 

We are also very lucky to have Miss Zoe and Miss Gabrielle assisiting with the Risinghurst classes, Miss Hannah and Miss Olivia at the Wootton classes and Miss Jordan at the Abingdon classes.

 

 

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