Baby Bop!

Baby Bop!

Thursday 10-10.45am at St Johns Church Hall, Ben Rhydding Baby Bop is into its second term, and what a wonderful first term we had! With visits from different puppets, trips to fairy land to switch on the stars and a boat trip to nursery rhyme land! This term will have even more adventures and visits from other nursery rhyme friends! The class is suitable for children from 1-2.5 years old, bring your favourite teddy along…

Thanks for the last decade!

We thought we would start the year 2020 by looking back at WTA’s past decade!  A time of reflection can be so beneficial, not only to reminisce and smile at the lovely memories we have created, but also to see how much the school has grown and developed from its small beginnings to what it is today, as well as to look forward and plan for the next decade!    In 2010, WTA was in its 3rd year…

Open morning and award giving

Open morning and award giving

Saturday 14th was the last day of dancing this year and our annual Open Morning.  We absolutely love this day as it really encapsulates the essence of the school, parents, grandparents and friends are all welcome to come and watch the progression through the dance school, from the ‘Tiny Toes’ through to our advanced students.  Teas and coffees and of course the Saturday ballet buns, were all available and served by James, and students from…

Stepping into Christmas at the ‘Christmas Cabaret!’

Stepping into Christmas at the ‘Christmas Cabaret!’

The beginning of December saw the start of Christmas with WTA’s Christmas Cabaret Spectacular! The stage was set, St Johns was transformed from a church hall into a winter wonderland, with Christmas decorations and fairy lights adorning every wall! Parents began queuing half an hour before the show started in order to get the best seats and finally when they were let in the room came alive, raffle tickets were sold to help towards the…

Memories captured!

Memories captured!

Our wonderful ex student Bea Debney has come back to Ilkley after finishing her photography degree and is now working with Karen Ross. Bea is extremely experienced in the art of dance and performance and has a fantastically creative eye.  She is used to working with little children and teenagers having been my original Saturday morning helper from the age of 12 and one of our original Associates. Together we have arranged a pre-Christmas photo shoot…

New Classes at WTA!

New Classes at WTA!

We are so excited to announce two new classes this half term,  ‘Baby Bop’ and ‘Senior Ballet’ are starting this Thursday morning at St Johns Church Hall, Ben Rhydding.  These classes will expand the age range we offer lessons to and broaden accessibility of dance classes in the community with serve.  We are so excited and we hope you will share our enthusiasm by spreading the word. BABY BOP (1-2yrs)  10 – 10.45am Come and…

Pizza Party!

It has come to that time again when our senior students leave us to start their new paths.  We are so sad this year to say goodbye to our wonderful Sophie who is leaving WTA as she prepares for her next step in education at Sheffield University. To say goodbye we had a leavers pizza party, with the fabulous pizza oven my wonderful husband built!  The sun was shining and the girls had a lovely…

A fond farewell!

We are starting this term by saying goodbye to our wonderful Sophie.  She has been dancing with WTA since its beginnings in 2007, performing as Michael in our first production of Peter Pan, and finally as the Wicked Witch of the West in our most recent production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ .  Sophie is such a valued member of the WTA family, she is an absolute joy to teach, so committed, with a brain…

Dancing days are back!

We hope you have all had a wonderful summer and feel pumped and ready to go!  We have got some exciting things happening this term.  To start with we are introducing 2 new classes, ‘Baby Bop‘, which is a class for parents and toddlers aged 1-2yrs. This class explores movement, rhythm and playfulness; take a trip to nursery rhyme land with singing and dancing.  This is great sensory stimulation and bonding for both parent and…

Ilkley Carnival

Ilkley Carnival

IN contrast to last year’s scorching temperatures, revellers to the 2019 Ilkley Carnival held on May bank holiday were met with a cool but  sunny start to the festivities. But the lower temperatures didn’t stop thousands of visitors from flocking to the town to enjoy the carnival atmosphere and take part in the family-fun day despite being bombarded with a heavy hail shower just after lunch.  The parade set off from The Grove at 11am…