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Jo Walker - Principal
(NATD Freestyle, Street, Contemporary) (I-Path Lyrical, Jazz, Classical Ballet)

Hi, my name is Jo Walker and I am the founder and principal of Joanna's Dance Academy. I have lived in Burton all my life and started taking dance lessons at the age of six at The Pat Miller School of Dance. Throughout the years dancing with Mrs Miller, I took all of my NATD freestyle and street exams as well as going on to doing my student and associate exams as well as additional dance diplomas. I became a qualified teacher in 2019 with the National Association Teachers of Dancing (NATD) and I am fully qualified in Freestyle, Street and Contemporary. I also have a BSc degree in Psychology and I am a member of the International Performing Arts & Theatre (I-Path)

In January 2021 I took over the Pat Miller School of Dance after Pat's retirement and in November 2021 the school was rebranded into Joanna's Dance Academy (JDA). 

When not teaching at JDA, I also work for Yoga Bugs, visiting schools in and around Burton and Derby teaching Yoga and mindfulness classes.

Kylie Watson

 (NATD Freestyle, Street)

Kylie has danced from a young age and is a qualified Freestyle and Street dance teacher with the NATD. She is also a qualified Zumba and Zumbini Instructor. Kylie teaches our classes on a Tuesday night and when she is not dancing she loves spending time with her two little boys.

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Alice Moore

(RAD Ballet)

Alice started ballet at the age of 7 at her local ballet school. She then went on to join the Birmingham Royal Ballet Junior and Mid Associates programme at age 10 for 4 consecutive years.  Alice then moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dance and graduated in 2018 with a BA (Hons) Ballet Education and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance (LRAD).


During her time at the Royal Academy of Dance, Alice was fortunate enough to be selected to perform alongside Darcy Bussell as part of the Queens 90th birthday parade in June 2016. Alice has also performed on BBC's The One Show and danced ‘The Strictly’ as well as being involved in a VT performance in January 2017 for the BBC programme “Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief”. Since graduating Alice has taught in multiple prestige dance schools across London one being the English National Ballet School.

Class Assistants

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Ellie-Grace Winson

Saturday Class Assistant


Megan Thomas

Saturday Class Assistant


Neev Shah

Saturday Class Assistant


Isabelle West

Saturday Class Assistant

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