Amanda Alder Dance Academy runs over 70 classes a week with nearly 600 students attending.
Founder, 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 career 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 teaching for others, including Stagecoach Theatre Arts Abingdon 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.
Over the years, Amanda has seen many of her students go on to full time dance training and take on professional roles within the industry - she is extremely proud of all of their achievements.
Amanda has choreographed for many local pantomimes/shows and most recently for Oxford Operatics show '9-5'. She teaches Dance on the Performing Arts course at Abingdon and Witney College alongside Amanda Alder Dance Academy.
Lorna started dancing at the age of 4 with the Celia Benson School of Dance, doing ballet. Around age 7, Amanda became her teacher whilst she was working alongside Celia. At age 14 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 had the opportunity to assist in some of the classes within the academy when she was 16. From this, her passion and love for teaching grew and after finishing her A Levels, she went on to attend the Janet Marshall Dance Studios in Cheltenham to complete her ISTD teacher training qualifications. She holds the DDE (Diploma in Dance Education) in Ballet, Tap and Modern. Lorna now teaches ballet, tap, modern and street dance for Amanda Alder Dance Academy and hopes to inspire and pass on her love of dance to the students!
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 and Tap dancing at Sally Weichardt Dance Academy until she was 16. She was introduced to Amanda age 13, and began Street Dance at Amanda Alder Dance Academy. Over the years she joined 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 and Performing Arts and has completed her DDI and DDE ISTD qualifiactions in Ballet and Tap. Laura currently teaches lots of dance genres at AADA but particularly loves teaching the Musical Theatre classes.
Holly started dancing at 4 years old, doing Ballet and Irish danicng before stopping age 10 to take up Netball. She has always had a love for performing and was a member of Stagecoach Wantage from age 10-15, where she first met Amanda. At 14, she started Modern and Street dance with Amanda Alder Dance Academy and a year later started Tap, Ballet and became a member of the A Crew. She started assisiting in the Abingdon classes at 16 and from here her love of teaching grew. Over the years she has taken part in numerous amateur theatre productions, including many at Radley Theatre, both perfoming lead roles and choreographing. After completing A Levels in Physical Education, History and Dance, she began her 3 years of professional Dance and Musical Theatre training at DNA Studios (formally North London Dance Studios) and graduated with her dipolma. Whilst at DNA she completed her ISTD teacging training gaining DDE in Tap and Modern and is currently stidying to copmplete her Ballet. She absolutley loved her time in professional training and hopes to continue to perform alongside teaching. Holly is excited to return to AADA and hopefully pass on her knowledge learnt from the industry!
Cover Teacher and Class Assistant
Lisa started dancing with Ceila Benson at the age of 4, and continued in Ballet classes with Amanda until she was 18 - she has been involved with the school ever since! Lisa assisited with the Saturday Oxford classes for a very long time and is now sharing her experience in the Oxsrad and Abingdon classes. She is 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.
We are also very lucky to have Miss Gabrielle assisiting with the OXSRAD classes, Miss Hannah, Miss Emily and Miss Olivia at the Wootton classes and Miss Jordan at the Abingdon classes.