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About BWA Performing Arts

Have a scroll and learn what makes our community so special! 

It is not only our amazing classes and teachers that make us different!

Dance teacher with student and trophy

Where every child shines
Embracing the uniqueness of every student!

We prioritise more than just dance – we are all about building confidence and developing skills. Whether your child has dreams of a career in the arts (as many of our West Ender alumni) or simply wants to explore their passion for dance and theatre, we got it covered.

We take pride in embracing the diversity and unique talents and interests of each student

Teen tap dancers onstage

Amazing opportunities

Shows, competitions, agencies & more!

From competitions to shows (our most recent production, Seussical, was a success!) every year our students grace the stage with remarkable confidence and joy!


For those who wish to elevate their performing skills we also do local productions, and join competitions where our students usually take some medals home!


We also have students who are represented by our partner agencies. Some have landed roles in films, and national marketing campaigns!

Our Origins

The Betty Wivell Academy of Performing Arts was established in 1964. Since then, thousands of students have trained with us. When we started, it was ballet lessons in Miss Wivell’s sitting room. Now it's 75 regular classes across 3 venues!

Success stories
Performing arts schools, West End & TV shows!

Many of our former students currently shine in the West End, star on BBC shows (our most recent highlight is from former student Zachkiel in BBC's Mamma Mia), or pursue performing arts degrees in top UK universities (such as Arts Ed, LIPA, and many more).

Some current students have even been accepted into prestigious arts schools like The Brit School.


Not just limited to the stage, our former students have gone into diverse fields like medicine and marketing, showcasing the versatility of skills learned at BWA.

West End performer onstage
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