Meet the Teachers

The teaching faculty at the Bristol School of Dancing is comprised of exceptional dancers and choreographers, who all bring a different talent to the classroom. Our teachers are chosen for their ability to bring out the best in our students, and we always ensure the highest levels of child protection. The school was built on the foundation of ballet, and we still have strength in this area. Over the years we’ve also introduced tap and modern, and more recently commercial jazz to keep up with changes in the dance world.

Bristol School of Dancing Faculty

The Bristol School of Dancing is jointly run by Miss Redgrave and Miss Felicity Redgrave. Together they share their immense knowledge and passion for dance and performance with all the pupils that come through the school

 

Meet the teachers

Andrea Taylor – RAD RTS ARAD

Andrea took her teaching qualifications at The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in Battersea where she completed a Ballet Education Degree with a First Class Honors. Since finishing University in 2012 Andrea has taught here at The Bristol School of Dancing, although she was first a pupil with the school when a branch was run in Wells, Somerset. Since teaching for The Bristol School of Dancing, Andrea has entered many students for examinations ranging from Pre-Primary to Advanced 1 Vocational; she has taught and choreographed for our Annual Summer School every year; and in 2013 she took her Advanced 2 RAD examination under the school, affording her Associates status with the RAD. Additionally, Mrs Andrea’s qualifications include being a fully qualified Progressing Ballet Technique Teacher, as well as being a mentor for prospective teachers on the CBTS Distance Learning Programme with the RAD.

Laura Hall – DDI ISTD in Tap and Modern
Laura has been dancing since the age of 4, she has studied Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Commercial/Street, Musical Theatre and Contemporary dance. Laura  studied professionally for four years in dance and musical theatre. She started at Swindon College Town Hall, progressing to Bodyworks Cambridge Performing Arts School. Laura has performed in many dance shows and has danced professionally for corporate events. Among her early training experiences, Laura performed with the Royal Ballet at the Bath theatre Royal and took part in a Ballet workshop taught and choreographed by Wayne Sleep. Laura discovered her love for teaching when she started working with “The Cheerleading Company” South West in 2010, gaining the NCSSE Cheer & Dance Coaching Principles & Ethics qualification in cheerleading. Since then she has gained experience and taught ISTD modern, tap and ballet at various dance schools.
Laura enjoys teaching Modern, Tap, commercial/street dance, choreography and working all students to the highest standard and she is thrilled to be part of the Bristol School of Dancing and seeing the students grow during the year.

Melanie-Jayne Baker – RAD, ISTD

Melanie trained locally in Weston-super-Mare and Taunton before going on complete a three-year teaching Diploma at The Royal Academy of Dancing where she graduated as ‘Outstanding Student’ gaining all major examinations to Advance level in RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern, Tap and National.

She taught initially for a RAD examiner in a large school in Aberystwyth, Wales, before returning home to teach at The Bristol School of Dancing. During this time Melanie has also taught ballet at several prestigious private schools and coached students to obtain their own teaching qualifications.

Having a life surrounded by dance is something that fills her with joy and she is eager to pass on her passion to pupils at The Bristol School of Dancing.

Helena Cameron – BEd (Hons) Dance

Helena’s initial training was at the Pauline Howard School of Dance. Here she studied RAD Ballet, ISTD Ballet, Modern, Tap and National. Helena is one of a small number of people to hold a degree initiated by LCDD (the training college for the ISTD). At college she trained in Cecchetti Ballet and discovered a love for Graham and Cunningham contemporary techniques as well as for choreography and studied Classical Indian dance with Shobana Jeyasingh. She undertook further training at the RAD. She has taught ballet in private studios, GCSE and A Level Dance and Theatre Studies in the maintained and private sectors, was a visiting lecturer in Dance at De Montfort University,  Head of Performing Arts, teacher assessor and mentor and a drama examiner. After a career break to develop other interests, Helena has returned to passing on her passion for all things dance!

Melvyn Wingfield – ISTD

Melvyn has been passionate about tap dance since his training in professional theatre, television and cabaret at the Birmingham Conservatoire. His history includes dancing with celebrities such as Fayhard Nicholas, Bill Strickler, Van ‘The Man’ Porter, and the amazing Jump Rhythm Jazz Dance professor Billy Siegenfeld.  Melvyn has performed in the United States and was the Artistic Director of a dance studio in France, before returning to the UK to inspire people with his passion for rhythm.

 

Victoria Jerram – BA(Hons) in Ballet Education

Victoria started dancing at the age of four at her local ballet school in Kent, before gaining a place at The Royal Academy of Dance in 2015. Three years later, she graduated with a Ba (Hons) in Ballet Education (2:1) as well as achieving The Licentiate of The Royal Academy of Dance. During her time as a dance student, Victoria performed at venues such as Disneyland Paris and The Royal Albert Hall. She has experience teaching not only in the private sector, but in the public and community sectors, teaching A Level Dance and inclusive dance practice.

Victoria is an enthusiastic, newly qualified teacher with a wealth of independent dance research, who is looking forward to working with the students at The Bristol School of Dancing.

"Being a part of the schools prestigious performers group has provided opportunities, a skill-set & experience far beyond our expectations"Andrew & Jeanette Doig – January 2018