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BDC Theatre College is a private specialist performing arts school based just outside Bath.
BDC offers a vocational training course that prepares students to take the next step towards a career in the performing arts industry. Alongside foundation training, the course includes a BTEC level 3 extended diploma in performing arts (equivalent to three A levels).
The course includes intensive training in a variety of dance and musical theatre genres. A maximum of 25 students are offered a place each year and with 35 hours of classes each week, students develop the skill, stamina and discipline required for higher level training or professional work.
BDC has seen great success in recent years with 100 percent of students that auditioned last year going on to secure places at some of the country’s leading drama, musical theatre and dance schools including: Laine Theatre Arts, Urdang Academy, Bird College, GSA (Guildford School of Acting) and Mountview Academy of Performing Arts.
BDC Theatre College was created following the retirement of professional dancer and current Artistic Director George Hill and is based in recently refurbished Victoria Hall which boasts five light and airy dance studios and an in-house studio theatre.
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- George HillArtistic Director
Teacher Description Born in Bath, George started dancing at his mothers’ dancing school the Susan Hill School of Dancing in Bath. He then continued his training at The Royal Ballet School in London. Upon graduation George went on to dance throughout Europe joining the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam and later the Dresden Semperoper Ballet in Germany dancing as a soloist as well as guesting in America and Asia. His repertoire includes works by famous choreographers including: Ashton Macmillan, Mat Eks, Kylian and Forsythe. Alongside performing on stage, George has taken on a number of roles in Television and film work. Most recently George was in the world premiere of McQueen, The Play in London’s West End.Sue HillTeacher
With over 40 years of teaching experience Sue brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff. Deciding at a young age that teaching was her passion Sue started her own school, the Susan Hill School of Dancing in 1982 and his since taught thousands of children across all levels. With a BA honours in Dance, Sue has produced a number of shows and provided dancers for many corporate events including the Paralympics in 2012 and most recently Sky Sports. Sue additionally owns a boutique agency which represents a number of clients currently working in film, television and theatre.Karen PaiseyBallet Teacher
Karen trained at the Royal Ballet School, London and joined the Royal Ballet rising through the ranks to a principal dancer taken on leading roles. In addition to teaching at BDC, Karen works for the Royal Ballet School teaching their associate programme. Karen danced a principal roles in a variety of classical repertoires by some of the world’s choreographers, including Ashton, Macmillan and Petipa at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Career highlights include dancing at the Royal Variety Show.Katie HumphriesTeacher
Coming originally form Bath, Katie trained at Performers College in professional dance and musical theatre. Upon graduation, Katie danced professionally in theatres and television studios internationally. Katie has performed alongside many famous artists including Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie and S Club 7 to name a few. Since retiring from dance Katie has taken an active role in choreography and was recently commissioned by Guy Garvey to create a piece for the South Bank Centre, London.Hannah RichardsDrama / Musical Theatre Integration / Private Singing Tuition / BTEC Modules
Hannah trained in musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. She also holds a First Class Honours Degree in Drama and Film. As a performer, Hannah has worked with some of the countries top musical theatre performers including John Owen Jones, Jenna Russell and Hadley Fraser. She has appeared in concerts, cabarets and musicals nationally, and has sung with some of the UK’s leading orchestras. She has also featured as a soloist on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.Joe KennedyJazz / Tap / Choreography / Body Conditioning
Joe trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts graduating with Honours. Since graduating, his credits have included: Tap Specialist in Night of the Dance (Germany), Spirit of the Dance (UK Tour), Tap Specialist in Hot Legs (European Tour), Top Cat: The Musical (Original Workshop Cast) and performances with Headliners Theatre Company onboard the P&O Aurora. He has also worked with Tap Attack and the England Tap Team, performed at a number of high profile corporate events and has appeared in adverts for Film 4, Pringles and Ford Mondeo. Joe holds his Licentiate Modern and Tap with the ISTD and is also fully qualified with the Imperial Ballet faculty. He has taught and choreographed jazz and tap for a number of vocational colleges including Creative Academy, Italia Conti, Morea Performing Arts, Brit School, CPA Studios and D&B College.Paul SturgessPrivate Singing Tuition
Paula’s theatre credits include Cats (UK Tour) and the role of Nancy in Oliver at the London Palladium.Charlotte MarshCommercial Dance
Charlotte started training with BDC Director Sue Hill before completing her training in London. Charlotte is signed by SHH! talent and works commercially as a dancer alongside teaching and choreography.Zoe MaggsBTEC Modules
Born in Bath Zoe trained under the direction of BDC Director Sue Hill before going on to work as a dancer and musical theatre performer nationally. Her theatre credits include : Carousel, 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk and toured nationally as Pip in the Skyline Gang.
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