Performing peeps

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

Teen tap dancing champ

A Nailsea teenager has the world at her feet after dancing in a top international tap dancing championship and winning.

Emelia Nurminen, aged 14, successfully auditioned for the Swindon-based Tap Attack troupe which represented Team GB at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany at the end of November.

Well Team GB tapped their socks off and were justly rewarded with an assortment of medals and placings.

Emelia's small group were over the moon and were  placed fourth in their category.

Mum Kate said: "The grins were from ear to ear, and just when we thought the smiles could get no bigger, her formation group were placed first and crowned world champions for junior group formation!
"I have never seen Emelia sob like she did, from sheer happiness.

"In her words, it was the best week of her life.

"She is so happy to have been a part of such an amazing team and to have had the opportunity to represent her country in these championships. 
"None of this would have been possible without the amazing support from her incredible dance school, Nailsea School, Nailsea Community Trust, friends, family, and all of the wonderful people who visited her GofundMe page to donate and leave messages of encouragement and support.

"And the wonderful people we met, who visited her Saturday morning tuck shop and also donated items for her to sell, it really has been a united effort and for that, on behalf of Emelia and the whole family I really would like to say the biggest thank you.

"Her dream has become a reality and I think it could be some while before we are able to bring her down from cloud nine and back to earth.

"The training has been tough, the miles travelled for training have been many (thousands).

Emelia who goes to Nailsea School has been toe tapping from the moment she could walk and began baby dance classes when she was just an 18 months old.

Emelia trains locally with the Adele Stitch School of Dance where she takes lessons in ballet, tap and modern. 

Emelia said: “I am so grateful to my dance teachers for supporting me in this amazing adventure.

“Miss Adele has kindly allowed me to organise a tuck shop that I will be setting up in the Wesley Building kitchen on a Saturday morning.”

Brother Sammy, aged 10, who also takes tap, modern and street dancing lessons will be helping his big sister on the stall.

The trip also gave Emelia another chance to practice her language skills after entertaining a German exchange student this summer and re-visit the country where her mum, a former dance teacher, met dad Marko, long before the couple set up their local post-production photographic editing and training company.

End of year rock concert


More than 100 budding music stars had the audience dancing in the aisles when they performed their rock school end of year concert.

Students, aged from just seven through to 18, from The Rock Project North Somerset, performed in front of more than 450 people at the weekend.

Andy Collins who runs The Rock Project, which has schools in Nailsea, Clevedon, Ashton and Portishead, said: “This was our sixth end-of-year gig and and they just keep getting better and better.

“With full lighting and sound rigs it provided a real rock concert atmosphere and it was great to see the audience up on their feet and dancing.”

The set of 59 songs included a mixture of tunes from the likes of AC/DC, Nirvana and Green Day through to Guns N’ Roses, Muse and Stevie Wonder.

Audience member Kathy Freeman explained she had attended to inspire her son.

She said: “I just took our son to see what other children his age could do with an instrument and this was outstanding.

“Amazingly professional performances from some truly talented children.”

The students had been practising the songs tutored by professional, gigging musicians since selecting them at Easter.

Parent Emily Kent said that the preparation really showed through.

Emily said: “We were so impressed!

“The kids absolutely loved performing, they all sounded amazing, and it was all so professionally run.

“They have got even better since last year.

"Andy and the tutors are really inspiring these kids!”

Schools out for summer for the students, but it start again in the first week of September.

For further details contact Andy Collins on 01275 265 226, go to or email

The Rock Project is the UK’s leading school for children's contemporary music tuition.

It offers group lessons in electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals for young people aged sevent to 18-years.

Founded in 2005, The Rock Project has more than 60 schools nationwide.

All tuition is carried out by professional, working musicians

Student Of The Year junior awards

Nailsea – Amy Salisbury
Clevedon – Thomas Hughes
Portishead – Jed Patterson
Ashton – Ava Twomey

Student Of The Year senior awards

Nailsea – Ace Chandler
Clevedon - Thomas Hughes
Portishead - Laurie Mowbray
Ashton – Charlie Bareham.

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.

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.

Youth Music Theatre Academy run Saturday classes in the studio at Nailsea School.

YMTA is enrolling new students now for 2016-17 and invited parents to reserve your child's place now and pay later!

The YMTA was founded in 2013 by local West End professional Jo Parsons who most recently appeared in Les Miserables.

With the emphasis on fun, the YMTA offers an introduction to the musical theatre world.

Workshops with West End professionals, trips to West End musicals and the opportunity to perform which makes this school the place to be.

The YMTA offers a great opportunity for children to build their confidence, express their personalities and stretch their imaginations.

After a great production of Seussical the company’s next workshops include Sister Act and Billy Elliot.

Classes start on Saturday, September 17, 9.30am-12.30pm and run up until mid-December. 

To find out more click HERE.