Amanda Alder Dance Academy runs over 85 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 Ballet at the age of 4 with the Celia Benson School of Dance. 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!
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 teacher training gaining DDE in Tap and Modern and is currently studying to complete 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!
Jordan started ballet at the age of 4 with Amanda. She did her primary ballet exam at the age of 6 and she was one of the first students to be entered for an exam with Amanda Alder Dance Academy. She has been attending summer school since 2010 and joined the 'Academy' class at the age of 11, when she was 12 she performed in Rapunzel with Ballet Lorent, at the Playhouse Oxford.
At the age of 14, she joined The A Crew gaining the opportunity to perform in various local fetes and shows, she then started assisting with Miss Lorna in the Abingdon classes. It was then she knew she wanted to become a dance teacher! At 16, she started modern and a year later started commercial jazz and tap, all while completing her GCSE's and A Levels including Dance. Jordan is currently studying under the direction of Janet Marshall (fellow of the ISTD) to complete her teaching qualifications.
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 Gabrielle assisiting with the OXSRAD classes and Lucy, Emily, Megan, Darcey, Amy and Lilly at the Abingdon classes.