Ex-Students

Tom Wood

Tom started dancing at the academy as a hobby, just attending our Boy's Class. This quickly progressed with Tom starting more classes with us. In 2017, Tom auditioned for a place at Elmhurst School and was successful in securing a place in their full time course. He now attends Elmhurst to complete both is Secondary School education and their dance programme.

IMG_1626.jpg

Mitchell Oram

Mitchell has been dancing with the academy since the age of 2. His love of dancing and performing has grown, along with his confidence and ability.Mitchell left the academy in 2018 at the age of 14 to move to Chester and attend the Hammond School, where he will complete his GCSEs alongside his professional dance training.

IMG_2100.jpeg

Laura Ford

Laura joined the academy in 1997. At the age of 16, Laura continued her training at Leicester College of Performing Arts (LCPA), completing 3 years fo training. Since graduating from LCPA, Laura has completed a number of professional contracts, including work in Cyprus and as a cast member at Disneyland Paris! 

Laura returned to the academy as a teacher, where she played a key role in setting up our festival team. While teaching at the academy, Laura choreographed a number of entertaining troupes, including 'Bring Me To Life', a senior troupe which was entered into the Mardi Gras Challenge at Sadler's Wells in London - the troupe was awarded 2nd place!

Laura left the academy in mid-2018 to move to Surrey, where she is now a teaching assistant in a  primary school.

Miss Laura.jpg

Abigail Finch-Haywood

Abi began dancing with the academy at the age of 8 years old, training in all subjects, including playing a number of principal roles with the Performing Arts Team in our pantomimes. Abi was a student teacher at the Academy, helping with the younger students in the Saturday classes. Abi left the academy in 20167 to continue her professional training at MADD (Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama), studying Musical Theatre.

13619806_1139656629388931_81889954281469

Lucy Ball

Lucy danced with the academy for 15 years before gaining a place at Stella Mann College in Bedford. Lucy left the academy in 2016 to study Musical Theatre and Professional Dance at Stella Mann

10497189_796557727030517_162599347750490

Charlotte Treharne

Charlotte danced with the academy from the age of 3, she left the academy in 2016 to study Musical Theatre and Professional Dance at Stella Mann College in Bedford.

10462705_895543887128202_169105288089082

Lucie Shorthouse

Lucie stated dancing at the academy in 1997, before leaving to attend university in 2009. Lucie is currently appearing in the hit new musical 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie' for which she won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical!

IMG_3914.JPG

Danielle Cunningham

Danielle attended the Academy before being offered a place at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts in London. Since graduating from Italia Conti, Danielle has gained a number of professional contracts, including a 6 month contract in Cyprus. Between contracts, Danielle assists in teaching at the Academy.

IMG_1692.JPG

Yasmine Parker-Johnstone

Yasmine started dancing with the Academy aged just 2 years old, before training at Stella Mann College in Bedford. While at Stella Mann, Yasmine represented the college in their Move It and Ideal Home productions. Since graduating, Yasmine has had several professional contracts, including most recently for TUI at their Sensatori resort in Turkey.

IMG_2208.jpg

Melissa Smith

After an amazing 11years full of shows and dance competitions at Wendy Morton Academy of Dance I gained a scholarship at one of the UK’s leading training colleges, SLP in Leeds. Here I completed the 3year national Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. Throughout my time at the academy Miss Wendy and Miss Laura both helped me significantly in all genres of dance as well my performance skills giving me the knowledge and experience I needed to go on to full time training. I was also given a great deal of extra help when preparing for all my auditions, from both of them which I am extremely grateful for as I know without that I wouldn’t be where I am now. After graduating from SLP College I gained a London Acting Agent whose clients have worked in a variety of things such as Hollyoaks, TV Adverts and Musical Theatre shows. I am now currently on a 6 month dance contract in India where I could get to travel to different places such as Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong working on Bollywood films, shows and major film awards. I loved my time at the Academy and even though I still miss being part of the WMA team, I am looking forward to what’s next in my career! 

bwheadshot.jpg

Jemma Hill

I am so proud to have come from WMA, Miss Wendy is not just a fantastic teacher but a great friend. Teaching me the tools of the industry, I would not be where I am today without the help of WMA.

I have had a fantastic 8 years in the land of showbiz. Traveling all over the world doing a job I love. After leaving WMA I gained my first contract aged 17, as a dancer in a local circus. This lead to a 2 year seasonal job in Lapland. Then I had a 6 month contract in Cyprus. After this came a contract in Holland with the circus festival Eschede. Later that year I had a 7 month contract in Mexico as a dancer in a hotel in the Riviera Maya. Where I gained the lead dance roles and solos. After returning home 2 months later I jetted off to the other side of Mexico to Manzanillo. This is where I was principle dancer and assistant choreographer. Working on my own routines for the show team. This was an amazing opportunity as we got to travel in carnivals in Mexico and Brazil. We also did a live TV performance with one of my routines aired. 

 

My next job was in Mallorca as principle dancer for Cosmo holidays. Followed by 6 month contract in England as choreographer and principle dancer for Richardson's Holidays.

 

Not only have I had such a amazing time traveling with my dancing, but have had a great time modeling too. After many catwalks and photoshoots and charity events. I have had the honor of being the cover girl of 2 wedding Magazines and the face of occasion hair for GHD hair.

 

I am now looking forward to my next adventure on the stage.

Thanks to the love and support of my family, friends and Miss Wendy, this has all been possible. 

 

Dreams really do come true.

photo 3.JPG

Lily Frazer

Ex student Lily Frazer has performed in a number of award winning west end shows and national tours, including Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cats, most recently taking the leading role of Nina in 'In The Heights' at Kings Cross Theatre, London, followed by the role of Michelle in 'Dreamgirls'. Lily has also appeared in several television and film productions including the live action Beauty & The Beast, Holby City and Cuckoo.

lily frazer.JPG

Lucinda Wood

I started at WMA as a hobby, and what better way than to get to dance on stage in silver trousers to S Club 'Reach for the Stars'. Little did I know I really would be reaching for them! Year after year I joined yet another fantastic class. I had so much fun over the years and grew so close to the friends I made there. Miss Wendy and Miss Laura are truly incredible at what they do! They encouraged my love for dance to grow and make me want to have a career in dancing and performing. I went to Phil Winston's Theatre works to further my training for three years.  Along side my training I was lucky enough to gain a place as a  paid dancer in 'High Jinx Magic Show' in Blackpool. And I am now excited to start dancing at Thoresby Hall Warner Hotel. Without all the help, support and inspiration I could never have succeeded and for this I am so grateful. I love the family of WMA!!  

 

Lucinda 

l9178print.jpg

Lauren Rosegreen

Lauren left the Academy in 2013, after 16 years to study at the University of Manchester, where she was a member of the UoM Dance Society, being elected as president in her final year. Whilst with the UoM Dance Society as president, Lauren helped the society to win 32 trophies! Lauren is currently working in America at holiday camps.

21766542_10155709144787128_8312512835708

Scarlett Mills

Scarlett danced with the academy for several years before training at Leicester College of Performing Arts (LCPA). Since completing her training at LCPA, Scarlett has had professional contracts and has also returned to teach at the Academy.

IMG_3390.jpg

Joanne Southerd

Jo left the academy in 2010 after moving to Cardiff to study English Literature, graduating in 2013 with a first class honours degree. Since graduating, Jo has worked with the BBC, including on Blue Peter, BBC Introducing and 6Music. Jo is now a Broadcast Journalist with BBC Radio Wales

40106778_10215160474156776_2338410934470

Jessica Atkinson

Jessica started dancing with the academy at the age of 5 and continued with us for 14 years. Jess left the academy to begin her Early Learning Degree. During the first year of her degree, Jessica joined the street dance crew NRGDC and is now a teacher for the crew and teaches an after school dance class at the school she works for.

49170059_10155157768907609_7831896997677

©2019 Wendy Morton Academy Of Dance​

Heading 1

  • w-facebook