About Us

We are a friendly dance school based in South Ashford who strive to create a fun, challenging and creative atmosphere for our pupils.

We take pupils from 2.5 years upwards and welcome both girls and boys, teaching Ballet, Modern Jazz, Contemporary, Street, Tap and Technique & Flexibility. 


Pupil input is important to us and at our dance school, pupil's ideas are valued and encouraged, creating a supportive atmosphere where they can flourish.

We regularly hold events where the pupils can showcase their talents. These include annual shows, public displays, charity events and opportunities to work with professional choreographers.

With members of the academy gaining entrance into University to study dance, employment as dancer's and the chance to perform with local dance companies, the Young Performer's Dance Academy strives to provide experiences in performance, with the structure of syllabi.

Download Our Timetable Here!



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Principal and Owner of The Young Performers Dance Academy

Millie has been dancing since the age of 2 and has trained in Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Street dance, Modern Jazz and Musical Theatre. Millie studied a UAL extended diploma in performing and production arts (dance) at Canterbury college from 2012-2014 and then later went on to study at Middlesex University from 2014 -2017 where she gained a BA Hons degree in dance performance. Millie has over 11 years teaching experience and has taught at The YPDA since 2010. She has always had a huge passion for dance and teaching for both children and adults. Millie believes that dance doesn’t only give her students a hobby but it enables her students to have better physical and mental health, helps with social development, better self empowerment, resilience and gives children and adults a chance to find life long friendships.


Dance Teacher


Jennifer has eighteen years of teaching experience, qualifying with a 91% Honours grade with the International Dance Teachers Association.


She founded The Young Performers Dance Academy in 2010  before taking a back seat to raise her family and now teaches the Cadets and Senior students alongside Millie.


Jennifer is passionate about inclusivity in class and empowering the students to recognise their potential in a friendly and supportive environment


Assistant Dance Teacher

Kaitlin has been dancing with The YPDA since she was 4 years old and continues her development in The YPDA senior classes in Ballet, Street, Contemporary, Modern Jazz, Technique and Flexibility.


Kaitlin is now our assistant dance teacher on a Wednesday and Thursday


Assistant Dance Teacher


Imogen has had a passion for dance from a young age and has trained with The YPDA for the last 5 years.


Imogen continues her dance development in our senior classes and participates in Ballet, Street and Contemporary.


Imogen is now our assistant dance teacher on a Tuesday


Ballet uniform for tiny tots, grade 1, grade 2 (ages 2.5-10yrs)
Ballet uniform for Grade 3 and above (ages 10+)
Street dance and mini movers uniform for all ages
Contemporary, modern jazz and technique & flexibility uniform for all ages

Girls - Lilac leotard, lilac ballet skirt, pink ballet tights/pink ballet socks, pink ballet shoes.

Boys – Black shorts, white t shirt, black ballet shoes.

Black leotard, black ballet wrap skirt, pink ballet tights/pink ballet socks, pink ballet shoes.

Boys – Black shorts, white t shirt, black ballet shoes.

YPDA t-shirt, shorts or tracksuit bottoms and trainers – no sandals or flip flops.

Leotard (lilac for age 6-10yrs or black for 10+), YPDA t-shirt can also be worn over leotard but will need to be removed for exams, black plain leggings and bare feet.

All uniform can be purchased from Kengate dance shop (South Stour Avenue Ashford TN23 7RS) or online at www.dancedirect.com 

YPDA personalised t-shirts can be purchased from the dance school directly - Please contact Millie for more information.

What Clients Say

"I’ve loved watching my daughter grow in confidence with each month at the YPDA. Millie and her team are very professional, friendly and very approachable. Watching the children perform at the annual show is a massive bonus, definitely recommend this family friendly dance academy" – Chelsea

Contact Us

The Young Performers Dance Academy

Stanhope Parish Hall, Otterden Close, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5SH

Tel: 07725 991270

Email: milliebacon@hotmail.co.uk

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