Jazz On Tap - Dance Classes In Nailsea & Portishead

About Michelle
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Michelle's Qulifications

Jazz On Tap

Michelle is A.I.S.T.D, M.B.T.D.A and a Registered RAD Member, she is an experienced Dance Teacher who has been teaching Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz since 1986.

Michelle trained at the Bristol School of Dancing and taught there for 28 years. She has also taught for other dance schools, Adult Education and currently at Golden Valley House Day Nursery for the 2-4 year olds.

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History of Jazz On Tap

In 1989 Michelle was asked to teach an adult Jazz class in Portishead for Adult Education. Classes grew from there.

In 1993 they performed for the Portishead Players' show at Somerset Hall in Portishead and the Bristol Hippodrome. Following this, in 1995, she entered a group in the Highbridge Festival and won first place gold medal.

It was after this success in a celebration around a Chinese meal, the name of Jazz on Tap was born. The classes began to grow in Nailsea and soon there were four classes. In 1995 the children of the adults wanted a class of their own. Numbers grew rapidly and soon there were three large classes.

The adults since performed at the Bristol Hippodrome in 1996 and 2000. The school has 100% exam pass rate, hundreds of medals have been achieved and Eisteddfods won. 

Adult tap and ballet classes have been started and are incredibly popular.

Jazz on Tap likes to stay in the heart of the community. The children enjoy performing in school fairs, care homes, displays etc. One of the highlights for the pupils is taking part in the carnival every year.

In May 2012 the Bristol Post asked Jazz on Tap to stage a Flashmob at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, with over 22k views on YouTube. This was an incredible day. 

Michelle also taught for the Bristol School of Dancing (where she trained) from 1986 until February 2014 when the branch was handed over to Jazz on Tap Dance Company. Michelle's classes now include Children's Ballet, Tap and Modern classes from age 2 years. In the Summer of 2014 a super sparkly 25th Annivesary Show was staged to celebrate this occasion, featuring pupils from age 2 - 70+ years.

In June 2016 they were then contacted by the BBC to be filmed dancing for the TV programme Street Auction,another community project helping to raise money for deserved causes. 

Jazz on Tap Dance Company is a fully inclusive school and warmly welcomes pupils regardless. Everyone gets a chance to shine with the same opportunities.

If interested in a free trial, please email Michelle at jazzontap@hotmail.co.uk or through our facebook page Jazz on Tap Dance Company.