"Impressive doesn't even come close to what was achieved - WOW!"
(Rose Bowl Awards, Barnum Adjudication)
In addition we are often invited to take part in other events and productions at local theatres throughout the year and a number of our pupils compete in Dance Festivals around the South West of England. For the last two years we have been asked by the BBC to provide dancers for fundraising performances such as Children in Need.
We encourage our pupils to audition whenever local and national opportunities arise, and will always try to pass on audition information to any pupil who may be interested. Our pupils are often successful at audition, and we are proud that for the last few years many of the principals and the majority of the chorus and dancers for the pantomimes at Strode Theatre in Street and The Little Theatre in Wells have been South West School of Dance pupils.
All our pupils are given as many opportunities as possible to perform over the course of the year.
We put on our own dance show once every two years at Strode Theatre in Street. The show spans five performances open to the general public which are always a sell out, and involve all pupils within the school from 4 years and up. This is a wonderful celebration of dance spanning all ages and all the disciplines we offer within the school.
We have recently introduced a biennial musical to our performance programme. In May 2015 we brought the musical Cats to Strode Theatre for the first time which played to a full audience for five shows.
Our latest musical, Barnum, hit the stage in May 2017 and dazzled audiences with stunning singing, dancing, circus skills and acrobatics.