ProtègèmOur journey so far.

Our Vision

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.

What's the name mean?!

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!

  • Protègèm Dance Company was founded in August 2003 to cater for the growing needs of young dancers.
  • Protègèm Dance Company members gain their places through audition only.
  • Protègèm Dance School was formed in September 2004, following the successes of Protègèm Dance Company and realising that there wasn't much dance training available in the Ewell and surrounding areas!
  • Protègè follows the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association) syllabus for dancing exams and usually holds a few exam sessions a year. IDTA is the largest dance organisation and recognised worldwide. All teachers are fully qualified and DBS checked.
  • After offering AQA GCSE Dance since 2005, Protègè gained accreditation as its own centre in 2008. Protègè hopes to broaden its range of nationally recognised performing qualifications over the years to come.
  • 2013 Protègè celebrated it's 10th anniversary with another exciting full school show @ The Epsom Playhouse, with rehearsals and shows spread over 3 weekends, (combating a lot of snow to make it in for rehearsals!)

We adore what we do

Gemma Wenman-Ballan

Principal and Founder of Protègèm Dance. Fellow member of IDTA and holds a BA(hons) in Professional Dance Teaching. Gemma is qualified to teach GCSE/ A level/ BTEC Dance/Performing Arts, is a licenced chaperone with Enhanced DBS and is a Paediatric First Aider.

'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 Mitchelmore

Alison Mitchelmore

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 Primary 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!

Rebecca Hewitt

Rebecca started dancing at the age of 4. At college she gained a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in dance and is now currently studying dance at Kingston University. Prior to this Rebecca had performed in multiple pantomimes alongside stars, Louie Spense, David Hasslehoff, Angela McLean and many more. Rebecca has also performed at Disneyland Paris! Rebecca has a passion for teaching and is excited to educate the future generation of dancers at Protègèm!

History of Protègèm

Our story.

    1. Performance at Disneyland Paris!
    2. June Dance Exams
    3. March Dance Exams
    4. Charity Performance for the Children's Trust Tadworth
    1. 5 exam sessions!
    2. Her Majesty's Theatre Performance
    3. Halloween Charity Ball Performance
    4. Christmas Performance
    1. Britains Got Talent
    2. Alton Towers performance
    3. (December) Christmas Show
    1. Dance 2014 Show
    1. Our 10th Anniversary Year!
    1. (July) Protègèm Dance Company return to perform at Disneyland Paris
    2. 5 dancers performed as worms for tv commercial with Miss Gemma as wormographer!
    3. Raised money for Children in Need by Dancing in Pyjamas
    1. (December) 'Just Dance' school show
    2. Kswiss Promo
    3. Exam presentation performance
    1. Dancers performed at the Principal's Wedding
    2. The Royal Albert Hall
    1. Britains Got Talent
    2. A Christmas Medley school show @ the Adrian Mann Theatre
    3. Street classes presented The History of Streetdance at Secombe Theatre
    4. Sadlers Wells
    1. Sadlers Wells, Mardi Gras Challenge
    2. Shaftesbury Theatre, London
    3. School presented Showreel at Epsom Playhouse
    1. Royal Albert Hall
    1. Performed at Disneyland Paris"
    2. 1st Full School Dance Show, Leatherhead Theatre
    1. Moved to our own studio within Dragons (now LA Fitness) Ewell
    2. 1st Exam session for whole school
    1. Launched The Phantom of the Opera at Epsom Odeon
    2. Her Majesty's Theatre, London
    1. Protègèm launched!