About Us

Barnsley Youth Dance Academy was founded in 2012 as Miss Laura was asked ‘What’s next’ by those finishing on the babyballet syllabus.

BYDA classes were created with the same aim in mind as StarMovers – to provide quality dance training whilst still remaining fun & enjoyable for all. The approach of BYDA classes is from that of a professional dancer, where the aim is to educate our dancers about their bodies & develop an understanding of dance technique rather than just teaching steps to young people. We have always felt that examinations are a simple box ticking exercise (as well as an expense to yourselves) that creates dancers void of expression & results in a loss of real enjoyment for dance as an art form. We want our dancers to flourish without undue pressure that exams & competitions place on children.

BYDA encourages active engagement – we want our dancers to be ‘thinking dancers’ who create & explore dance in a professional setting.