Colne Bank School of Dance

The Colne Bank School of Dancing is an established and well-respected dance school in Wivenhoe which also offers classes in Brightlingsea. We have over 250 students ranging from age three through to more advanced pupils studying a range of genres including Modern Theatre, Classical Ballet, Jazz and Tap.

The Colne Bank School of Dancing was originally founded by Mavis Cooke in the early 1970’s as the Elmstead School of Dancing. Jennifer Overton became principal in 1982 and expanded by opening further dance schools in Wivenhoe and Brightlingsea. Although most of our students dance for fun, some of our graduates have been fortunate enough to make a career from dance, both as performers and teachers. Former pupils from our dance schools in Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe have performed all over the world and starred in West End productions such as We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia, Starlight Express, Chicago, Hello Dolly, Cats, The Rocky Horror Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Saturday Night Fever, Guys and Dolls, and Spamalot.

We provide comprehensive dance training through the genres we teach: Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre,Tap and Jazz.

Dance School, Brightlingsea

Students at our dance schools in Wivenhoe & Brightlingsea are trained and examined under the I.S.T.D. syllabus.

In the last 18 months our pupils have passed 346 exams with 100% pass rate

202 achieved DISTINCTION  Grade ‘A’

144 achieved MERIT Grade ‘B’  

Whether pupils wish to dance purely for fun or have designs on a professional or teaching career, the Colne Bank School of Dancing offers a friendly atmosphere with a very high standard of training.



Caters for all ages and abilities

For those who wish to dance for fun and for those who wish to teach or dance professionally.

  • Tots Classes (3-5yrs)
  • Children's Grades
  • Major Syllabi
  • Private Lessons
  • Adult Tap and Jazz