Performing peeps 2018-19

Adele Stitch School of Dance

Ballet, tap modern

Various classes:

  • Nailsea Methodist Church;

  • Playhouse Theatre, Backwell;

  • Scout Hut, Rodney Road, Backwell; and

  • Fairfield School, Backwell BS48 3PDT

Call Adele on 01934 513505 or click HERE for more details



A ‘complete theatre experience' for children at Backwell Playhouse,
Mariners Drive. Call Susie on 01275 791275 or Ali on 0791 762 6388 for more details or go to the Facebook page



North Somerset-based show choir Amplify rehearse at Fairfield School from 7-9pm during term. Entry to the senior choir aged 12 plus is by audition only. Amplify favours a variety of music from pop, rock, jazz and musical theatre. A new junior show choir Mini Amps is currently being formed.

Go onine by clicking HERE to learn more or email musical director Rachel Mason at


Egyptian belly dancing

  • Nailsea dance studio, Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road BS48 2HN; or

  • Backwell WI Hall, Station Road BS48 3QW

Call Saeeda on 01275 855016 or click HERE for more details


Gemini Gymnastics Club

Blackfriars Rd, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 4DJ

A well structured and supervised gym club for children aged from six months to 18-years run by BGS qualified coaches,

Phone:01275 866419 or click HERE for more details


Footlights Performance Academy

Footlights Theatre Academy, Footlights Dance Academy and Euphoria Show Choir.

Dance and performance classes are at:

  • Backwell WI Hall, Station Road, BS48 3QW;

  • Nailsea School. Mizzymead Road BS48 2HN; and

  • Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nailsea BS48 4NG

Call Emma 0781 529 3113 and Tina 0781 806 5015 or click HERE for more details The show choir is run by Rachel Walker, Tina and Emma.Call Rachel on 0776 675 0977 or click HERE for more details

McClennan School of Irish Dancing

Solo, ceili, modern and traditional dance for three to 18-years at St Francis Parish Hall, Ash Hayes Road, Nailsea BS48 2LP

Call principal Katie MacVean 0796 692 3818 or click HERE for more details

Nailsea Choral Society

Musical director Tom Williams

Email or click HERE for more details


Nailsea Folk Club

Events at Grove Sports Centre, Tithe Barn and Ring O’Bells

Call David Francis on 01275 540231 or click HERE for more details

Nailsea School of Music and Performing Arts

Jazz on Tap dancing for fitness and fun and Bedford Performers charity shows

Tap, ballet and jazz dancing classes people of all ages from three upwards some held at Holy Trinity church hall and 1st Nailsea Scouts HQ. Call Michelle Bedford on 0797 690 6821on or click HERE for more details

Nailsea Scout and Guide Band  

Call 01275 857901

Sequence dance

  • Backwell WI Hall

Every Tuesday evening
Call Paul Williscroft on 01275 794790 or 0771 046 0550 for more details

  • Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea

Every Tuesday afternoon

Call 01275 872230 or click HERE more more details

Tilly's School of Performing Arts

Various classes Nailsea and nearby.

Call Tilly on 0794 352 9980 or click HERE for more details

Youth Music Theatre Academy

Artistic director Jo Parsons

Office: 01727 422819 Mobile: 0787 041 4511

Classes studio Nailsea School

For more information click HERE


Every child has a voice

What is the AliCaT vision? . . .

  • To provide an inclusive practice for all children to access a complete theatre experience

  • To build on life skills such as communication and effective relationships

  • To nurture and engage active participants in developing self-confidence, self-esteem and personal growth

  • To promote unique and individual theatre companies for children

AliCaT is an exciting and established performance-based theatre company for children aged two to 16 years which was set up in 2009 AliCaT by early years educationalist Alison Milton-Riddiford.

Its focus is on building skills such as acting, voice, movement and dance but also on important personal attributes such as confidence and social skills.

Each class is tailored to the individual needs of the child so emphasis is placed upon the process or journey of self-discovery.

Classes involve a variety of fun and stimulating games, drama activities and RYE techniques (Research on Yoga in Education).

They run in term time only and work towards an annual production (per class) that can be enjoyed by friends and family.

Numbers are limited per class to enable all children to have a voice!

AliCaT offers a first a free trial session.

  • Kittens: children aged 2-3 years – 1.30-2.30pm (Wednesday)

  • Pre School: children aged 3-4 years – 1.45–2.45pm (Friday)

  • Foundation: chidren aged 4-7 years – 4-5pm (Tuesday to Friday)

  • Junior: children aged 7-11 years – 5.15-6.45pm (also Tuesday to Friday)

  • Senior: young people aged 11-16 years – 4.45-6.45pm Monday and 7-9pm Tuesday


AliCaT is based at the 99-seat Backwell Playhouse and all rehearsals and performances take place here.

The company is the product of Alison’s beliefs, philosophies and her quarter of a century experience of how children learn and develop as well rounded, healthy, confident human beings.

To find out more visit

choir 1.jpg
choir 3.jpg
choir 2.png

Increasing the volume choir

The shout is out for new singers to join the Amplify and Mini Amps choirs which rehearse on Thursday nights at Fairfield School, Backwell.

Amplify is for singers aged 12 years and upwards who can handle super-duper harmonies and enjoy the music of Frank Sinatra to Rita Ora and everything in between.

Those aged eight to 12 can join the junior choir which has no audition and offers a free trial week.

For more details about the show choir click HERE or email

Sarah Davies.png

to learn more click HERE

Something to really sing about

Singers from the Sarah Davies Vocal Academy took top prizes in a Nailsea performance competition and coach Sarah Davies could not be prouder of her pupils.

Top trio Lola-Rose, Lottie and Esme all took part in the Nailsea Festival of Music at the weekend.

All three girls were commended on their diction, phrasing and musicality.

Lola-Rose was awarded first place in the set piece class where she sang Song Of Summertime by Betty Roe.

She obtained a staggering 87 marks which deems “an excellent performance technically and artistically.”

Lottie was awarded first place in the humorous song class where she sang Song Of The Crab by Betty Roe.

She had so many tricky words to sing and she performed so brilliantly.

Esme was awarded first place in the stage or screen song class, for her performance of We’re Off To See The Wizard.

Despite a cold, she sang every word with clarity!

Sarah said: "Aside from their fantastic results, each girl performed with such confidence, kept smiling through any nerves and made me the proudest singing teacher in the world.”

Nailsea has been staging its own eisteddfod since 2005.

This year it was on Saturday, November 17, at Nailsea School.

There were classes in singing, piano, speech and drama, creative writing and music composition.

This was the 13th festival.

For full results click HERE.


Nailsea LeRoc Dance Classes

Nailsea LeRoc dance and exercise classes run at the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre on Thursday evenings from 8-10.30pm.

LeRoc is a friendly partner dance where you do not need to come along with a partner.

Learn to dance to music from the 50s to today's chart hits.

LeRoc is a form of modern jive, a dance style that was derived in the 1980s, from dances including Swing, Lindy Hop and rock 'n' roll, the main innovation being to simplify the footwork.

It can incorporate elements of other dance styles including Salsa and Tango.

For more information click HERE.

Couple Salsa Dancing

The young people rocked it

Real-life schools of rock from across North Somerset raised the roof when more than 100 young musicians had the audience on its feet at their end of year gig.
Students from the junior and senior sessions of The Rock Project North Somerset performed before two separate packed houses at Backwell School theatre.

Aged from just seven through to 18, the young musicians attend weekly sessions in Nailsea, Clevedon, Ashton and Portishead where they learn guitar, bass, singing or drums from professional gigging musicians.
Andy Collins who runs The Rock Project North Somerset said: “Our students absolutely blew the audiences away with their performances and it was a huge moment in their young lives.
“Being on stage in a packed theatre with the lights and effects all in place, provided them with the atmosphere for a real rock gig. 
“They all worked incredibly hard on their set lists and the final showcase proved just how talented the students are and how well they’ve progressed since joining The Rock Project.”

The junior concert saw bands and soloists perform 23 songs ranging from T-Rex, Deep Purple and Guns ‘n’ Roses while the seniors entertained with 32 anthems including Credence Clearwater Revival, Nirvana and Muse.
The concerts also saw two sets of siblings perform duets together including singers Ariana and Loukas Taylor with Runnin by Naughty Boy and guitarist Cohen Poulter and singer Paige Moore with This Is Me from The Greatest Showman.
Student of the Year Awards were presented to junior members:

  • Nailsea – Max Collis-Smith

  • Clevedon – Rose Pennell

  • Portishead – Ariana Taylor

  • Ashton – Kian Parker-Davies

The winners of the Students of the Year Awards from the senior sessions are:

  • Nailsea – Alex Rhodes

  • Clevedon – Anna-May Penny

  • Portishead – Ben Glass

  • Ashton – Emma Jackson

Schools out for summer for the students, but it starts again in the first week of September.
For further details contact Andy Collins on 0782 499 5219, click HERE or email

Footlights ballet classes

Esther is starting new classes at Footlights Studios, Nailsea.

She has joined the Footlights team and brings her amazing qualifications from the prestigious Ballet West school.

There will be an opportunity for younger students on a Monday and Elite students 11+ on a Friday

She is also going to be taking over the lovely Dance Dynamics who are a dance club working on various styles for ages 7-11.

All classes are at Footlights Studios on Blackfriars Road.

  • Monday 4.15p-5pm -aged four to seven ballet

  • Monday 5-6pm aged eight to 11 ballet

  • Monday 6-7pm dance dynamics

  • Friday 7.15-8.15pm 11-18 years ballet

​Email for more details.

Spotlight on performance


Footlights Performance Academy staged its first ever performance back in March 2003 with A Load Of Rubbish written by the local Tim Rylands.

During the next few years the dance and theatre academies expanded and a record number of students passed their performance exams.

Footlights set up Euphoria Show Choir in 2010.

Euphoria made its debut performance supporting Britian’s Got Talent winners Spell Bound at Bristol's Colston Hall.

Euphoria also performed at show choir championships in New York and Dublin and at the national championships of America at Hollywood.

In 2014 Footlights started running performance workshops and its first Matilda workshops was amazing.

In 2015 a new vocal performance group, Vocal Dynamics was born. Their beautiful harmony singing and modern songs they have got everyone at Footlights very excited.

The Footlights team is constantly thinking of ways to continue to grow and develop Footlights Performance Academy.

A review of Rock Nativity and Frozen Ballet performed last November is HERE.

To go to the Footlights website by click HERE.

Tillies' School


TSPA is a performing arts school promoting fun, friendly and focussed classes.

The school use three stages, spilt by age: Tinies, Primary and Teens classes are run at Nailsea and nearby.

Tinies Drama aged two-and-a-half to five years

Classes are full of singing, dancing, acting, using our imaginations and making props to help tell a story.

Primary Trebles five to 11 years

Group singing classes are full of fun and focus on learning how to use our voices correctly.

Primary Drama five to 11 years

Children in this class take part in fun drama games, improvisation and script-work all designed to develop passion for the arts.

Teen Drama 11-16

Structured class with improvisation techniques and script work from Shakespeare to devising own pieces.

Teen Musical Theatre 11-16

Learn how to safely and effectively use your voice to tell a story through song and learn dances skills.

TSPA provides accessible and affordable drama + musical theatre training for students aged 2.5-16.
TSPA offer many performance opportunities throughout the year with smaller productions in December and its large scale, whole school musical taking place in June/July.
Classes at Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Ashton Vale and Nailsea.

For more information click HERE.

Clevedon studio half term drama

Tillie's School of Performing Arts is offering a week full of drama, singing and dancing over the half term break.

Come to one day or all five you are sure to have fun and learn new skills in performing arts.
It is £15 a day, 9.30am-4.30pm.

All you need is your packed lunch and we will provide the rest!

Some activities we have planned are:
⭐ drama games
⭐ dancing
⭐ circus skills
⭐creating plays
⭐using props
⭐stage combat
⭐ plus much more…

To book your place click HERE.

Once you have created an account or logged in choose the 'register for classes' button and then the 'Holiday Workshops' tab.
You can also book by emailing or calling 01275 343938.


Tap dance has roots in dancing such as the Irish stepdancing, English Lancashire Clog dancing and Juba Dance.

It is believed to have begun in the mid-1800s during the rise of minstrel shows.

Famous as Master Juba, William Henry Lane became one of the few black performers to join an otherwise white minstrel troupe, and is widely considered to be one of the most famous forebears of tap dance.

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion.

Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm or jazz tap and Broadway tap.

Broadway tap focuses on dance; it is widely performed in musical theatre. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition.

  • Classes at Holy Trinity church hall, Church Lane, Nailsea. Click HERE for more information or see contact details above in listings

Jazz on Tap Dance Co moving on up

Dance teacher Michelle Bedford reports on the success of her baby ballet.

She said: "Some of our older 'babies' have moved up to the next class, so now is a perfect time for new children to start."

Baby Ballet is from the age of two years.

It involves:

★ Stretch & grow their imagination & provide a beautiful beginning to dance

★ This class is growing quickly so only a few spaces available now

★ Free taster class, Thursdays 3-3.45pm Holy Trinity Hall, Nailsea 

For more details click HERE or call 0797 690 6821.