Welcome to The Helen Laxton School of Dance

 

 

WhatsNew

 

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

 

 

   

 

CurrentNews

 

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.

   

 

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

 

 

 

 

   

 

Teaching Staff

 

Helen Laxton

The school principal, Helen Laxton LRAD, ARAD, RTS. AISTD(Mod) AISD(Nat) AIDTA is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance in London and is a fully qualified, registered teacher with over 25 years of experience in performing and in teaching all forms of 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 recognised teaching qualification. Hundreds of Helen's former pupils are now employed in dance/performing arts related jobs all over the world

Catherine Sprackman

Catherine Trained with Helen Laxton from the age of 10 – 18 years as a dancer and then from 18 -20 as a teacher of dance. For the past 13 years Catherine has been teaching children of all ages in Ballet, Hip Hop, Disco, Jazz, Street Dance, Musical Theatre, Cheerleading, Tap and Pre School Dance. Catherine's pupils have achieved excellent examination results in both Royal Academy of Dance Ballet and Imperial Society of Teachers  of Dance Modern Dance and they have performed many of  her beautifully choreographed dances at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, The Digby Hall, Sherborne and in competitions and festivals. Many of Catherine’s senior pupils are now at full time vocational dance schools including The Royal Academy of Dance, Laine Theatre Arts, Central School of Ballet, Millenium Theatre School, Laban Centre, Arts Educational School, Tring , London Studio Centre, Italia Conti, Urdang, Performers College, Stella Mann and Mountview Theatre School. Catherine is also a registered matron and has looked after many of our pupils whilst they have been performing in the professional pantomimes at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. Catherine is alos head of Dance at The Somerset School of Performing Arts.

Joanna Brace

Joanna Brace CBTS, MRAD, AIDTA,RTS started dancing at The Helen Laxton School of Dance when she was 5 years old. Joanna passed all of her Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Examinations up to and including Grade 8 and Advanced and also her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance Intermediate Modern. A few years ago Joanna decided that she would like to teach Ballet and Modern Dance and she enrolled on the Royal Academy of Dance Teacher Training Programme mentored by Helen Laxton. Joanna graduated as a fully qualified dance teacher in 2008, she now teaches for Helen in Somerset and Dorset where she has achieved some incredible results with her pupils. Joanna is also a registered matron and has looked after many of our pupils whilst they have been performing in the professional pantomimes at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil

Anna Soughton

Anna Soughton BA(Hons) in Dance Education, LRAD, ARAD, AIDTA, RTS. Anna trained with Helen Laxton from the age of 3  - 18 years. Anna was a very talented dancer and  passed all of her Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Grades up to and including Grade 8 and Advanced  and also the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance Modern Dance Grades to Advanced level. After taking her A levels in Yeovil, Anna was awarded a place at college of The Royal Academy of Dance in London where she spent 3 years on the Teacher Training Course. Anna was initially teaching in London but has now returned home to Somerset where she is teaching for Helen in Yeovil, Beaminster, Norton Sub Hamdon, Ilminster and Bridport. Anna  is also a registered matron and has looked after many of our pupils whilst they have been performing in the professional pantomimes at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil

Claire Derrick

Claire trained at The Royal Academy of Dance, Ballet Central, and The Rambert School of Dance where she gained a BTEC higher national diploma in dance. Claire also holds Advanced level dance certificates in Royal Academy and Imperial Society Ballet, and Imperial Society Modern and Tap dance. Claire has a wealth of experience as a dancer, performer and teacher.  Claire has returned to teaching dance after having had a break to have her two children Davina and Bella.

Katie Hodgson

Katie started training at The Helen Laxton School of Dance at the age of 3 years, she passed all of her Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams up to and including Grade 8 and also her Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced ballet. Katie is also at Advanced level Modern of The Imperial Society of Teacher's of Dance, Advaced level Hip Hop, Street Dance and Tap. Katie always wanted to teach dance and she began assisting  with the junior classes when she was just  12 years old. At 18 years Katie began her teacher training with Helen Laxton,  Katie is now completing her training with the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies which is a world wide recognised and highly respected dance teacher's qualification. Katie is also a registered matron and has looked after many of our pupils whilst they have been performing in the professional pantomimes at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil

 

Hannah Ingham

Hannah Ingham CBTS, started dancing aged 2.5 years, she passed all of her Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Examinations up to and including Grade 8 and Intermediate and also her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance Modern to Advanced level. During her time with us Hannah danced in numerous amateur and professional companies and became an assistant teacher in our school. Hannah decided to enrol on The Royal Academy of Dance Teacher training programme for which I am a mentor and in 2014 Hannah completed her training and became a fully qualified Ballet teacher

 

Rhiannon Watkins

Rhiannon started dancing aged 18 months old (being my daughter it was hard for her not to be a dancer!). Rhiannon passed all of her Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Examinations up to and including Grade 8 and Advanced and also her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance Modern to Advanced level. During her time with us at the school Rhiannon danced with numerous amateur and professional companies gaining a wealth of performance experience. At University Rhiannon became an award winning dancer, choreographer and coach, she has gained a wealth of experience having been taught by some of the best dancers and teachers in the industry. Many of Rhiannon’s Hip Hop Crews have won local and national competitions and we are very pleased that Rhiannon has now returned to Somerset to teach at the Helen Laxton School of Dance.