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 Lyrical and Contemporary Classes


Somerset Youth Dance Company Auditions







Congratulations / Good Luck

Congratulations to Katie Hodgson and Hannah Ingham who have just completed their Royal Academy of Dance Teacher Training with Helen Laxton

Congatulations 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.






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










The Helen Laxton School of Dance


  The Helen Laxton School of Dance was founded in Yeovil, Somerset in 1987. The school began  with just three pupils and it just kept growing and growing!!  Thousands of children have learnt to dance at the school and many older pupils have gained places at the top UK Dance Schools, Colleges and Universities in the country including The Royal Ballet School, The Royal Academy of Dance, London Studio Centre, Laban Centre, Central School of Ballet, Elmhurst Ballet School, Laine Theatre Arts, The Arts Educational School, Doreen Bird, Millennium, Performers College, Stella Mann and Phil Winston's.   Our students are constantly being asked to perform both locally and nationally with professional and amateur companies. Students have appeared in productions with The Royal Ballet, Ballet Creations, English Youth Ballet, London Children's Ballet, Somerset Youth Dance Company Productions, Touring Opera, Bruce James Productions and most recently with professionals from The Strictly Come Dancing tour 2010. Each year we are the dance school chosen to provide children to take part in the professional pantomime at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. Students from our school are currently performing all over the world in theatres including The West End, London. Many students are also working in Television, in Broadcasting, in Films, in Promotional work, on Cruise Ships, in Pantomimes and Summer Seasons and many past pupils are now employed as dance teachers, choreographers, dance notators and dance critics. We pride ourselves in being able to turn a child's dream and passion into a life long career. 


The school principal, Helen Laxton L.R.A.D. A.R.A.D. R.T.S. A.I.S.T.D.(Mod) A.I.S.T.D.(Nat) A.I.D.T.A is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance in London and is a fully qualified, registered teacher with over 20 years of experience in performing and teaching Dance. Helen is also a mentor for students studying for The Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching studies which allows her pupils to qualify as teachers of Dance and to gain an internationally recognized teaching qualification. The school teaches Royal Academy of Dance Ballet from Pre Primary to Grade 8 and Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2 level, Imperial Society of Teachers Dance Modern Stage, Jazz, Disco, Hip Hop, Street Dance, Cheerleading, Pre school Ballet, Toddlers Dance and Groove, Tap dance and Adult Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet. 


The school accepts girls and boys from 15 months old to adult from beginners to professionals. We also offer Drama, Dance, Singing, Voice Production, Mime, Microphone and Audition Technique, Casting and Directing at our other school, The Somerset School of Performing Arts where students from the age of 5 - 18 years learn the various techniques and disciplines required for a career in the Performing Arts industry.

For more details please visit www.thesomersetschoolofperformingarts.com

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