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.
Students at our dance schools in Brightlingsea or Wivenhoe are trained and examined under the I.S.T.D. syllabus. In the last 18 months our pupils have passed 344 exams with 213 ‘A’ grades, 129 ‘B’ grades and 2 at grade ‘C’ with 100% pass rate.
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.
For those who wish to dance for fun and for those who wish to teach or dance professionally.