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Founded in 1976 the college has developed a strong reputation as a leading dance teacher training facility in the South West. With a small annual intake of students, together with a highly experienced teaching faculty, students have access to a wealth of experience, guidance and support in preparation for their future in the worldwide dance arena.

An approved centre with the ISTD, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. The college offers the Diploma in Dance Instruction and Diploma in Dance Education, in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance, alongside training in a number of dance genres. Two year full time courses are offered with the option of a third year. A one year foundation course is also avaliable, to offer intensive training in a number of genres. Part time classes to suit individual requirements are also available.

In addition to syllabus classes there are a number of free classes offered at the college. Contemporary, free ballet, Pilates and workshops with professional performers. The college has moved to a newly refurbished studio located in the friendly, residential Redland neighbourhood. Along with the move, the college is delighted to welcome a number of new teachers, bringing with them training from the UK and USA, specifically The Julliard School, New York, adding fantastic depth to the curriculum. The college provides a hardworking, nurturing atmosphere where students are given the support and training necessary to help achieve and realise their goals within dance.



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CDE (IB) (MT) (TD)

Miranda Burton began dancing at Grayes School of Dancing, aged 3, under the instruction of Cathy Stevens and Kate Izzard. She continued to study ballet,

tap, modern and jazz throughout her school years. She attended the University of the West of England Bristol in 2000 where she graduated with a BSc in Drama & Psychology. After graduation Miranda returned to dance and was a student of the Bristol College of Dancing where she achieved her CDEs in Ballet, Tap and Modern. As the new principal of Bristol College of Dancing she is keen to push the college to its true potential, and become a recognised name for dance training nationwide.





Sadie trained at Bush Davies, and on leaving dance professionally for several years. Credits include ‘Carousel’, choreographed by Sir Kenneth

MacMillan, and ‘Oklahoma’ by Lar Lubovitch. Since leaving college she has taught at various dance schools and colleges, both Gloucestershire and London. During her teaching career she has been appointed a triple examiner for the ISTD in ballet, modern and tap.


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Claire Jones has been a freelance dancer and facilitator since graduating from London College of Dance in 2002 with

a degree in Dance awarded through Middlesex University. During her time at the college Claire took her ISTD Ballet Associate. However, the degree also lead her to an interest in the challenges and freedom of Contemporary dance and the encouragement of people of all ages and backgrounds to experience and enjoy dancing. This passion for movement is something Claire hopes to share through her teaching. She hopes most of all to nurture the joy of dancing her students possess and channel it to encourage them to grow as dancers.



Carly began dancing at the First Steps School of Dance in Bristol, taking Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. At sixteen she joined The Bristol College of Dancing where she trained for three years with

Miss Denny Wide, and gained all my I.S.T.D teaching qualifications. During her time there she took part in many different shows and performances. Carly has taught for a number of schools in Bristol and Gloucestershire and in 2006 started up ‘Carly Elizabeth School of Dance’ which runs alongside the First Steps School. Carly joined the Bristol College of Dancing teaching faculty in 2010, and enjoys working with all the students and encouraging them to achieve their best.




Nick Yeoman started performing at the age of six doing both television

and stage work. His stage work includes Christmas shows over the past nine years; acting and dance roles in shows like Mame, Showboat, South Pacific and Half a Sixpence. His television credits include Casualty, Bath Blitz, Paul Daniels, Nil by Mouth, Joking Apart, Vaulting Ambitions (documentary) and also radio work for various plays, and the Children’s Royal Variety Performance. He has toured internationally with Tap Dogs and was




Denny trained at the Royal Ballet School. Her professional work includes; dancing with the Royal Opera Ballet Company Covent Garden, Television-

London, Italy and Germany. Musicals and films-London and Italy. She has taught children and students in Major Schools of Dance in Taunton, Bath, Bristol and Weston S Mare, grades and Major examinations in Modern Ballet and Tap. Denny was principal/ Teacher/Tutor of the Bristol College of Dancing from 1996-2010.


Adam grew up in Dallas, Texas and studied visual arts and acting from an early age. At 14 he began his dance training at the Dallas Conservatory of Ballet and the Booker T. Washington

High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In 1999 he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from The Juilliard School and then went on to perform with The Limon Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theatre and The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. While at Juilliard Adam choreographed his first group dance, Beyond, which won the Hector

Zaraspe Prize for Choreography. This piece set his Choreographic career in motion and was quickly taken into the repertoires of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Met Columbus and The Louisville Ballet.

Adam has gone on to create original works for Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company,The American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Introdans in the Netherlands, The Limon Dance Company, Cedar Lake Ensemble, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Ballet X and The New York Choreographic Institute at New York CIty Ballet. He has created works for internationally recognized dancer such




as Sofiane Sylve (San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Dutch National) and Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theater). In 2006 he created a world premiere for Juilliard’s Centennial Celebration that toured to Chicago and Los Angeles and was broadcast on the PBS ‘Live from Lincoln Center’ series. He has won The Princess Grace Award for Choreography,The Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, a New York State Council for the Arts Commissioning Grant and was one of Pointe Magazines’ 10 VIP’s of 2006. Adam is the Principle Choreographer for The Louisville Ballet and has created five critically acclaimed

original works for the company, the most recent being Rite of Spring with special guest artist Wendy Wehlan (principle dancer, New York City Ballet). Adam was recently named Residant Choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet and began this new relationship by creating a world premier to Mozart’s Requiem this past March. This spring he will premier a brand new production of The Firebird for Cincinnati Ballet. Adam spends his time in New York City and Bristol, England with his partner Ashley and their dogs Liza and Bruno.



2/3 year full time teacher

training course

This course follows the ISTD Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction in ballet, tap and modern genres. Students are trained in these disciplines along with contemporary, Pilates, street jazz and free ballet. With both practical and academic components the Level 3 Diploma prepares the students for a career in the dance teaching profession.

1 year foundation training course

This course is aimed at students who would benefit from some full time intensive training, either with a view to entering onto the teacher training course or audition for a performing arts degree place. On completion of the course, places may be available for the ISTD teacher training programme offered through the college.

Part time courses

Suitable for students, teachers and performers wanting to continue their professional development. Students can study either the Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction or Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education.


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Entry to the college is through audition only. Applicants should complete and return an audition application form and return to the college complete with photo requirements and audition fee.

Applicants will be contacted by the college on receipt of the application and offered an audition date, which must be confirmed.


Auditions will be taken in two sections. The first part will consist of a ballet class, followed by a free jazz class. Applicants will then be invited to perform a prepared dance in a genre of their choice. Auditions will be observed by the principal and members of the teaching faculty. There will be an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the course and college. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their audition via a letter within two weeks of auditioning at the college. If successful, students are required to complete relevant paperwork and return to the college together with a deposit, to secure their place.



Full time fees of £3800 are

payable through 4 installments.

Fees cannot be refunded for absence caused by accident or illness or if the student withdraws from the course at any time. Notice of intention to withdraw from the course by a student must be given one term in advance. Failure to give a formal written notice will entail payment of the full term fees due. Fees may be paid via cheques made payable to ‘The Bristol College of Dancing’ or through online banking. Account information is available upon request. Part time students are charged £6 per class and invoiced monthly.


At this time there is no funding available to assist attendance at the college. Students are eligible to apply for a loan, through Student Finance UK.

The college is a registered Learning Provider and students under 19 are eligible to apply for EMA.





The college operates a strong equal opportunities policy. Admission to the college is not affected by sex, race, colour or disability. The college will endeavour to cater for all disabilities, so far as reasonably practicable, given the physically demanding character of dance.

All forms of discrimination by any person within the college’s responsibility will be treated seriously, as such behaviour is unacceptable. Racist symbols, badges and insignia on clothing and equipment are not acceptable.

In all staff appointments the best candidate will be appointed based on professional criteria.

The college strives to create a happy and caring learning environment through showing respect for individuals and appreciation of all cultures.

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Bristol College of Dancing and Associated Arts 70 Cairns Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 07950 324453 mirandaburton@hotmail.com www.bristolcollegeofdancing.co.uk




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