Welcome to The Helen Laxton School of Dance





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 Junior, Senior Lyrical and Contemporary Classes. Specialist Pre School Ballet, Disco,Street Dance and Tap,RDC Hip Hop Training, Academy Adult Ballet.


New classes in Acrobatic Arts and Commercial Dance







Congratulations / Good Luck

Congratulations / Good Luck to all our pupils who have gained places at top vocational dance schools and universities.


Congratulations to our Hip Hop Crews, Rhiplay, Rhimix and Rhiact who were placed first and second at the recent UDO Street Dance Competitions and have qualified for the World Championships







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.