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…

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…

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…

‘Wizard’ of a show, lined up for Ilkley!

‘Wizard’ of a show, lined up for Ilkley!

Across Ilkley and beyond, young dancers are frantically tapping and twirling round their living rooms, practicing their steps and beating out rhythms on the kitchen floor. Preparations are underway at Ilkley’s Wright Theatre Academy (WTA) for the next in a long line of successful dance shows. This year: The Wizard of Oz. At this early stage of rehearsal, routines are being finalised and characters developed. It’s a well- known story, of course, but the magic comes from how…

Tickets on sale now!

Tickets on sale now!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! For our production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.  There are 4 shows, Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March at 7pm and a matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30pm. Follow the link to our ticket office: https://stagestubs.com/wta-dance-academy/the-wizard-of-oz ‘We’re off to see…’ The most magical adventure of them all, brought to you by WTA Dance Academy. Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow and into Ilkley’s Kings Hall Theatre. …

New classes this term!

New classes this term!

This term we are introducing 2 new classes on a Thursday morning.MummyBarre: 10-10.45am £7 per class. No need to sign up, just pay and come when you can. At St Johns Church Hall, Ben Rhydding. This ballet class is for pre and postnatal mummies.  Come along and let your baby socialise and play in the same room whilst you get fit.  This class has been specially designed to help with posture, core, strength as well as…

It’s Show Time Folks!

It’s Show Time Folks!

Yes it really is that time of year again…SHOW TIME! It seems to come round so fast, was it really a year and a half ago since we were at the King’s Hall performing The lion the witch and the wardrobe!  Last term was very busy entering students for their exams in each dance discipline, as well as putting together and performing the Christmas Cabaret. How to beat the last show! It was a triumph…