Protègèm's aim is to support, nurture and encourage young dancer's talents and to provide them with performance opportunities.
Whether attending our classes for recreation or to master the art of dancing in the hope of one day becoming a professional, we are passionate that Protègèm Dance School and After School Club classes are available and welcoming to anyone, lots of fun and maintain a high professional standard.
It took a lot of brainstorming to come up with our dance schools unique name.
Protègè is a mix of 'protege' and 'Gemma', meaning our dancers are all 'mini' versions of their teacher. Not sure 'prote-Alison' has quite the same ring to it though!
Principal and Founder of Protègèm Dance. Fellow member of IDTA and holds a BA(hons) in Professional Dance Teaching.
'I told my dance teacher when I was only 6 that one day I would have my own dancing school! I cannot imagine my life without dance and the overwhelming feeling I get when pupils achieve something we have been working on, is worth its weight in gold.
I love that Protègèm can bring the joy of dance to the pupils of Protègèm Dance Company, Protègèm Dance School and our ever expanding Protègèm After School Dance Clubs.'
Alison started dancing at a young age and continued to degree level. Her daughter Isabelle started dancing at Protègèm at the age of 2 and youngest son James has since joined the boys street class. Alison began assisting Gemma at our West Ewell Infant School club before taking a break to have James, returning to teaching for Protègèm in 2013 after successfully passing her next teaching exam with Gemma. Alison's after school clubs are the most popular to date!
Yasmin joined Protègèm as a pupil at the age of 9. She successfully auditioned for Protègèm Dance Company and has lots of experience of competitions, exams and performances. Yasmin has been learning the rope assisting classes for many years and continues to work towards her performer and teaching qualifications. She is great fun to have as part of the team!