U.K.A/ I.D.T.A Professional Teacher of Dance Associate, Licentiate.
Licensed Championship Adjudicator Choreographer and Dancer.
Member of the U.K.A, I.D.T.A., A.D.F.P.
Melissa is a fully-qualified dance teacher as a Licentiate full membership and Associate
Melissa is the epitome of a successful dance teacher. She is an exceptionally talented and gifted individual, who has inspired and is respected in the Dance World by her sheer professionalism, dedication and love of children and dance.
Melissa is a Professionally qualified teacher in Ballet, Modern Jazz, Hip Hop, Street Dance, Freestyle Disco and Cheerleading and currently holds a Championship Adjudicator license.
Melissa is 35 years old from Glasgow in Scotland and moved to Pembrokeshire in Wales when she was 10 years old. When Melissa was 3 she constantly danced everywhere and it was then her Mum realised her love for dance and took her to Susan Deans Stage School in Glasgow where she learnt Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Majorette and performed in the school stage shows.
She has aspired to create one of the best Dance Schools in the UK, ‘West Wales Academy of Dance’, which was established in Pembrokeshire in 1998, growing steadily and becoming highly successful during the last 15 years. In her 15 year career as a Dance Teacher, she has enjoyed many outstanding successes and has an exceptional track record of personal achievements.
Melissa studied an National Dipolma in Performing Arts and has performed lead roles in performances such as Half a Sixpence, Moby Dick, and Mother Goose. Melissa has gained great experience dancing, teaching, choreography, and training towards her Professional teaching exams. Melissa began teaching at the age of 16. She realized her life long dream when she opened her studio in 1998 and continues to share her knowledge and love of dance with her students.
Uni Ted Movement to Music – Musical Theatre Dance – Ballet – Freestyle Disco – Rock n Roll – Street Dance – Hip-Hop – Modern Jazz.-Lyrical- Drama
Julie has been a member of the ‘West Wales Academy of Dance’ for over 10 years and has the highest qualifications in many types of dance from ballet, freestyle to hip-hop.
She has competed as an individual and part of a team in competitions all over the country, achieving first place in the British championships as part of a dance team, and an individual second place, again in the British championships. As well as having a passion for dance, Julie has also represented her county and country in Gymnastics and her musicality led to her achieving qualifications from the ‘Royal School Of Music’ at the Clarinet.
Julie is currently studying for her A levels with a view to attending university to study as a teacher. She will bring to the academy a passion for all types of dance and will pass on this passion and enthusiasm to children who attend the academy.
Alex has been in many shows ranging from pantomimes like ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Aladdin’, to musicals like the popular ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Spamalot’. He is a member of the theatre company ‘The Merry Makers’, and enjoys performing in Pembroke Castle.
Alex enjoys playing the guitar, surfing, singing, street dancing and everything and anything to do with musical theatre.
Jasmin has been a huge fan of musical’s from a young age, and has been apart of many musical theatre company’s and many productions. She recently has been doing work with ‘The Merry Makers’, working in Pembroke castle. Jasmin has a huge passion for singing, dancing and acting.
Andrew Johnson (GDB) is a great assest to the West Wales Academy of Dance with his reputable background in Customer Service, Marketing and Advertising.
Andrew is Melissa’s husband and supports the Academy with a great deal of enthusiasm and passion. Andrew deals with the Events, Marketing, advertising, Phone call enquires, Dance Orders, Competitions, Shows and much much more…