Welcome to theschool

theschool of contemporary dance and the performing arts is based at the Link, Nailsea School studios. We specialize in providing professional, innovative and fun performing arts training to young people. Our students learn all aspects of the performing arts that include dance, drama and music. We look forward to meeting you and working with you and your child.

What we believe

We believe that a student chooses a dance, drama, music or musical theatre institute based on its artistic standards and performance opportunities. The pedigree of the teachers, the skills they will acquire and the chances to perform are all central to their development. At theschool the student is taught in a safe, disciplined but fun environment by a dedicated professional core team that have worked together as teachers, theatre creators and performers for over a decade.

theschool trains the student in the three arts of dance, drama and music, based on their level, from the absolute beginner to the more advanced student; where they are encouraged to explore and experiment with all that they learn.

theschool is not just a place that provides innovative performances and training but a place that also allows them to grow in self-confidence, by giving them the freedom to perform and by fueling their creativity to become whatever they desire we ourselves learn so much more.t

theschool provides dance, drama and music for people of all abilities. We aim to provide consistent access to high quality dance, acting and music activities within a policy of equal opportunity and open access.

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary is another word for “modern” or “current”. If something is contemporary, it belongs in the here and now, the current time period. Contemporary dance is therefore always changing with the times and developing, and takes its inspiration from many different modern forms of dance.

Vaganova method

The Vaganova method is a ballet technique and training system devised by the Russian dancer and pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951). It was derived from the teachings of the Premier Maitre de Ballet, Marius Petipa, throughout the late 19th century. It was Agrippa Vaganova who perfected and cultivated this form of teaching classical ballet and turned it into a viable syllabus.

Contemporary Jazz Dance

If you are a student of dance with an aspiration for a career in the dance world and looking to develop your Contemporary Jazz dance technique for commercial and musical theatre auditions, performance or exams then theschool has a class for you.

Meet our team

Ian Woolley

Founder / Dance Coach

Ian’s teaching style reflects that of his training and performance experience and draws on a wealth of movement knowledge from many styles of dance.

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Chloe Wilde

Drama teacher

Chloe’s love of performing began at a very young age as she considered all public and private spaces to be the perfect spot to command an audience.

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Rob Nash

Music Coach

Rob’s passion for music was ignited by his father – whether it was crawling underneath the baby grand at home to hear the full impact of the sound.

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Molly Bamber

YoungSchool Coach

Molly said ‘Musical theatre is a very important part of my life. I strive to make people enjoy themselves as I believe that you should live to do what makes you happy’.

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Gundija Zandersona

Dance Coach

Gundija has performed and competed internationally, in a range of dance styles including rhythmic gymnastics, street dance, and contemporary dance.

Read more about Gundija…

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