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Outstanding Results

Congratulations to all pupils who recently took Grades 2,5,6 and 7 RAD examinations. A total of 19 Distinctions with many in the high 80's and 90's and 25 high merits.

 

New Lyrical and Contemporary Classes plus Adult Fun Fitness, Exercise, Dance and Ballet Classes

 

 

 

 

   

 

CurrentNews

 

Congratulations / Good Luck

Congratulations to Emma Harris on gaining a place at Bird College, Danika Gawronski and Laura Male for gaining a place at Chichester to study Dance.

 

Congratulations to Molly Birnie for gaining a place at Falmouth University to study Dance, Tara Jordan for gaining a scholarship to attend Barbara Speake Stage School.

 

Congratulations to Faye Jordan for gaining a scholarship to study performing arts at Susie Earnshaw Theatre School.

 

Congratulations to Natasha Webb on gaining a place to study at The Royal Academy of Dance

   

 

RecentNews

 

 

Former pupil Abigail Matthews has made her West End debut in the hit musical "The War Horse"

Former pupil Alex Jackson has extended his contract in the West End hit musical "The Bodyguard" and has also performed with Rita Ora and Arianna Grande

Full Scholarship places at top vocational dance schools, Chloe Burton to Doreen Bird College, Faye Jordan to Susie Earnshaw Theatre School, Ellen Welch to Ballet Theatre UK

Faye and Tara Jordan on winning Gold Medals for England at the World Tap Dance Championships which were held in Germany

 

 

 

 

   

 

Somerset Youth Dance Company

 

Somerset Youth Dance Company

Dance is thriving in Somerset and Dorset and although many students attend dance classes, there are very few performance opportunities locally for them to show off their talents. In order to fill this void Helen Laxton and her assistant Catherine Sprackman created The Somerset Youth Dance Company.  

The Company allows talented, enthusiastic & energetic youngsters who share a passion for dance, the opportunity to expand their knowledge of dance styles, to improve their technique and to perform in front of large audiences.

There are many benefits to be gained from performing in front of a live audience including increased confidence, improved technical and performance skills, improved levels of concentration, a great sense of teamwork and of course it's lots of fun!  We always allow the students to select which charities they would like to donate to with the funds raised  from their performances, to date hundreds of pounds have been donated to the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance and Over The Wall,  a charity which provides holidays for children with life limiting illnesses.

As well  as performing with the Company students are selected to appear with  professional and amateur dance companies, at charity events, fashion shows, concerts and television and film auditions. Most recently students were asked to perform with the professional stars of Srtrictly Come Dancing on their UK Tour, a fantastic experience for all.

Many past Company members are now in full time Vocational training or dancing professionally.

In March, The Somerset & Dorset Youth Dance Company with over 100 pupils from The Helen Laxton School of Dance, the Elite Beats Performance Squads & The Rhiact & Rhimix Hip Hop Crews came together in March together for their 2016 production "Circus, Carnival and Cabaret’. The children ranged in age from 5 -18 years, they performed many different dance styles, Classical Ballet, Lyrical, Disco, Hip Hop, Street Dance, Tap, Musical Theatre and lots more! The Company gave 3 performances, all of which were sold out. £500 was raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

 The Somerset Youth Dance Company is for students from the age of 6 years to adult and is open to all dancers in the South Somerset and West Dorset areas.

 

 

 

  

Somerset Youth Dance Company's Production of "Dance at the Movies" raised over £300 for the charity "Teddies For Loving Care " which provides teddies and soft toys to A & E units and hospices for staff to give to severely distressed children to cuddle to help to alleviate their distress so that they can carry out urgent treatment.