The annual week long Summer School is held in the beautiful premises of the Clevedon Community Association in Clevedon, North Somerset, a Manor House set in beautiful gardens with a 300 seat theatre where the end of week show takes place. Summer School is open to all, not just students of The Bristol School of Dancing. The students can learn a variety of different dance styles from guest teachers, outside of the usual syllabus work. The week is a great opportunity to learn different styles of choreography in a short time period. Over the course of Summer School, the students work each day towards the final show. The yearly show is fully costumed and produced to the highest quality, and is a real testament to the hard work of the students and staff. It’s amazing what can be achieved in under a week, and is enjoyed hugely by all those that attend.
About Summer School
A typical day at Summer School starts with an assembly and then the children disperse into their various classes and start their day. They have various different genres of dance and singing available and usually start with a ballet class followed by a jazz or tap class. There is a mid morning break for a drink and a biscuit and then back to class until lunch time. Lunch time may be spent outdoors in the beautiful lawned gardens before returning back for the afternoon session of lessons. This is the time for the older students to work on Musical Theatre in preparation for the show at the end of the week. The very young children have a quieter afternoon with arts and crafts playing a major role. There is also a Choreographic Competition on Friday for the two older groups. First prize is a free place at Summer School for the following year.
Transport information Transport from Clifton, Bristol is available for those parents who do not wish to drive to Clevedon each day. The coaches leave Clifton at 8.00am each morning and return at approximately 5.40pm. Parents who work full time find these times to be extremely useful. Naturally we have a DBS checked chaperone on the coach to supervise the younger children.
Food at Summer School Dancers may bring a packed lunch with them if they so choose, but we do have a full menu on offer of a few choices of hot food and our own sandwiches and baguettes and jacket potatoes. There is also a tuck shop which the students seem to enjoy.
"My girls have loved every minute and it is has been wonderful to see how happy they all were
coming home every evening chatting about their day"Rachael Lewis – 2012