Offering a level 3 performing arts, musical theatre course, BDC aims to prepare students for the performing arts industry and upon graduation, will help you to take the next step – supporting your own personal ambition. This may be securing a place on a leading London based drama / musical theatre programme, potentially employment or alternatively higher education.
Based within its newly refurbished building the Victoria Hall, boasting five light and airy studios, BDC was born following the retirement of professional dancer and current Artistic Director George Hill.
Coming originally from Bath George trained at the Royal Ballet School in London before going on to dance with both the Dutch National Ballet and the Dresden Semperoper Ballet, Germany, as a soloist. Only able to train himself due to receiving a full scholarship, George was fully able to appreciate what a fantastic opportunity he had been given – without which he would never have been able to pursue the career of his dreams.
Upon returning to England George got together with other performing industry professionals and set about trying to create an affordable yet professional course in which they could give students the same training and opportunities that they themselves were fortunate enough to receive, and so BDC was born. Supported by some of the countries most celebrated performers, BDC is an affordable full time vocational performing arts course for talented individuals regardless of their financial situation. With large scholarships available this course is accessible to all talent. Taught by ex and current industry professionals, students are exposed to the highest level of training.
Coming from Bath it was my ambition to provide an accessible, affordable, professional training facility within the South West. With professional vocational performing arts / drama schools previously only existing in London or the north of England, students from the region now have an opportunity to access vocational training at a professional level.
I was very lucky in receiving funding for my training at the Royal Ballet School. Having this funding really changed my life and enabled me to follow my dreams and pursue a career within the arts. My training was fundamental in enabling me to achieve what I have and my life would have taken a very different route had I not been so fortunate.
Being a dancer is the most amazing job. It enabled me to travel, see the world and do something that I love for a living. Everyone should be given the chance to follow their dreams no matter what their situation. It is an honour to be involved in such an inventive and fantastic course which is going to give generations of talent the same life changing opportunities that I was fortunate enough to receive.
It is with great pride that I say goodbye to graduating students as they leave us to take their first professional steps on the world stage and with great excitement that I meet eager talent each September. I am honoured to be part of this amazing venture and look forward to seeing many years of talent develop.