The Keyford Dancing School is now in its 48th year under the ownership of Patricia Veale, previously known under the name of Keyford Ballet School and owned by Carol Iles. The name is derived from KEYnsham and SaltFORD where the classes are held.
Since 1973 thousands of boys and girls have enjoyed classes in ballet, tap, modern and jazz. Many past pupils are now bringing their children to the classes and some continue to dance themselves in adult ballet and tap classes.
Boys and girls have in the past few years been able to take part in the Opera & Ballet International in their productions at the Bristol Hippodrome and the Theatre Royal Bath. Hundreds of children have also appeared in the Fry Club Pantomimes and other local productions including the school’s own shows at Broadlands School in which all pupils take part. Pupils have also appeared at Her Majesty Theatre London and in 2016 appeared at Disneyland Paris.
The Keyford dancing School is also very active in Charity Fund raising and supports Children in Need and The Breast Cancer Campaign. A number of past pupils have continued into full time dance education and have become both teachers and performers. Patricia’s daughter Janine now runs the Avon Dance Academy and Chew Valley Dancing School after having danced abroad, and is now more involved in the Keyford Dancing School and jointly the three schools are able to offer a wide range of classes and workshops and performing opportunities.
As well as a great way of keeping fit and healthy, dance also offers many benefits that extend outside the dance studio. Research shows that access to dance at a young age develops confidence, creativity and builds teamwork skills, all valuable and transferable life skills. Above all dance is an art form that can be enjoyed by all.
The Keyford dancing School has close links with Wellsway School in Keynsham and supports the Keynsham Music Festival and Winter Festival providing dance displays each year, pupils have also performed at school and church fates and entertained older residents of Keynsham in day centres and care homes.