Level 3 Extended Diploma / Two years

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Our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance is designed to encourage you to develop as an independent dance artist and grow into a confident, creative practitioner. Under Artistic Director Helen Wilson of RISE Youth Dance and a team of professional dancers and choreographers, the course will develop your technical, creative and performance skills.


The course format is similar to that of a dance conservatoire, tailored to 16-18 year olds. It has a foundation of Contemporary Dance whilst including diverse styles such as Street Dance (House and Funk) and World Styles (Carribean Soca and Afrobeats). Ballet is also taught on the course, adding to the wide range of techniques. In addition to these core areas of study, classes and workshops in various other dance styles are incorporated into the course. It is intensive and demanding to reflect the nature of professional dance training, and is led by a supportive and nurturing team of teachers and dance artists.

course structure.

Throughout the two years you’ll have different technique classes a week. Every week there will be different contemporary technique classes, ballet classes and street dance technique classes such as: House, funk socials, Hip hop.


The course includes Global Dance, where you will learn dances from other cultures, their origins, spiritual or ritual significance, costumes, music and traditions, such as: Soca carnival, Capoeira, Afrobeats etc


Contemporary Dance Technique is the foundation for many professional dance training establishments, and this is reflected in the course. During your training you will be introduced to a variety of these, such as Cunningham and Release Techniques, taught by professional dancers with many years of experience and expertise. Essentially dance is movement and although there are various styles and techniques, this course is designed to guide you in your own interests and allow you to develop as a dancer. It will become clear that all styles can feed into one another and that training in a range of techniques will provide you with varied and exciting experiences. The course also includes other modules and areas of study such as Dance Fitness, Safe Dance Practice and Career Business Skills - all of which play a key role in the dance industry.


RISE Youth Dance is a Bristol based dance company for young people from 6 to 25 years old. RISE’s vision is for every young person to become the best they can be.

Led by Director Helen Wilson, RISE provides high quality dance training in an inclusive, nurturing and safe environment and believes in the power of dance to help young people become their best selves. 

The Company is recognised nationally as an excellent training ground for young dancers and has been selected for U.Dance, the National Youth Dance Festival three times. Many students progress to the UK’s top training institutions such as Trinity Laban and The Place. RISE is not only a place for high quality dance training, but a home for young people to learn valuable life skills through the opportunities provided. Find out more.


meet the team.


helen wilson.

Artistic Director

Helen trained as an apprentice in a professional company led by Phoenix Dance founders. They taught her the importance of technique, creative and performance skills but also skills to be an artist, leadership, teamwork, teaching etc. Helen went on to dance with companies like RJC Dance company, Les Commandos Percu and Neshima Dance as well as project work with other companies. She is extremely passionate about helping to develop emerging artists. Helen is now the Youth Dance Hub champion with Bristol Dance Futures where she is part of a team that moves dance for children and young people forwards in the city.

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deepraj singh.

Improvisation & Composition,
Ensemble Dance


Deepraj Singh first started dancing in afterschool capoeira sessions at the age of 8. From there his interest in movement and musicality began to grow. He joined Bristol based youth dance company Kinesis and continued his movement exploration at Cotham School where dance was taught as part of the curriculum. He continued his training via the CAT (Centre of Advanced Training) programme run in Swindon, and did a year on the urban strand and two years on the contemporary strand before successfully auditioning for London Contemporary Dance School. Deepraj was awarded the Duke of York scholarship whilst training at London Contemporary Dance School and graduated with a first in July 2015. After graduating he is working as a freelance dancer and has toured professional pieces internationally such as the Akademi’s ‘The Troth’.


chevon edwards.

Contemporary & Repertory


Chevon Edwards received a BPA Degree in Contemporary Dance from the specialist conservatoire, Northern School of Contemporary Dance. After graduating she then went on to perform and teach dance with a variety of UK based dance companies as well as continuing to deepen her practice through International workshops and professional classes.


chane barnes.

Dance Co-coordinator

Chané is one of Bristol's native dancers.
She grew up in the heart of the city, starting her career at Bristol's very own Fresh Dance Company where she went on to not only be a dancer, but also a choreographer and member of the creative team in which she still has an active role. Chané also spent time studying at Swindon Dance Academy and Jacobs Wells where she had time to study classic skills and techniques.
Hailing from the small island of Jamaica, this is one of the places her skills shine, from dancehall to hip hop and commercial; these upbeat styles are her forte.
Over the years Chané has travelled to teach dance around the globe as well as choreographing for films and theatre shows, festivals, stage shows and continuing to freelance and teach a range of different ages and abilities.

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lewis norman.

Commercial Hip Hop


Lewis, from Bristol, has been dancing for the past 13 years and is trained as a hiphop dancer. He studied Dance at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) for 3 years and graduated in 2016. Lewis will be teaching Hiphop and Commercial Dance.
Credits: Global Village, Dubai / The Festival Movie / Adidas and Reebok HQ, Manchester / Boomtown Festival / Bestival Festival / Peter Pan at Epsom Playhouse.

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julia thorneycroft.


Julia is one of Bristol’s leading dance practitioners, known chiefly as Artistic Director of both her own company Julia Thorneycroft Dance and Kinesis Youth Dance Company. She trained at the Laban Centre and Middlesex University and received an MA in Creative Producing from UWE.
As a choreographer her work includes Ladies of the Landfill (2017), a commission for Spindrift; Immersion, a VR project with Zubr and Watershed, shown at Watershed and Edge Arts, Bath; Hive (2015) performed as part of Bristol Green Capital, Endeavour; Northcott, Exeter/emerge festival, London/Devizes International street art festival/Falmouth University/Trinity Bristol; Frustra (2014), Resolutions! ThePlace/ Bites:remix, Albany, Deptford/Dartington/Practice, ICIA/Northcott, Exeter/Bristol Harbourside: New Work, Surface and Identity all for the Harbourside Festival, Bristol.

you will learn to...


  • Have a good understanding of your own body

  • Develop your own style as an artist and performer

  • Prepare for auditions 

  • Use other fitness forms to improve your performance

  • Apply principles from the established practitioners that teach you

  • Work with guest artists from other forms to produce collaborative performance work

why should i choose this course?


  • Teaching is delivered by professional dancers and dance practitioners who are specialists in their field and an exciting range of guest tutors - this is like no other dance course delivered in Bristol!

  • A personalised learning programme to develop your skills and help you achieve your ambitions beyond the course

  • 21 hours a week of contact time (on average), compared with around 12-14 hours in many FE colleges


what's next?

Many of our students are aiming to secure a place at dance school or one of the new conservatoire style performance courses at universities. It’s important to us that we help you find the right pathway for you. By going onto further training somewhere you feel passionate about will mean you will be most successful. 


Students may apply to schools such as Laban Centre London; London Contemporary Dance school; Urdang; Central dance studios or Northern Contemporary; Or they may wish to take on their studies closer to home at Bath Spa University or Gloucester uni.

Students may want to go on to study courses that lead to working in other parts of the dance world, a personal trainer or taking on a more therapeutic form of career. It’s important to note that this qualification is considered a passport to a wider range of performing arts, media and humanities subjects at many universities and choosing this course does not close down your university options.


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The Station

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RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts - Dance Pathway worth up to 168 Points - equivalent to 3 A* A Levels.


Two years, 21 hours a week


Submit your application on our website by visiting You will then be invited to an informal group audition that will assess your potential to join the course. Though experience of dance, drama or expressive arts are advantageous in giving you a sense of what’s involved, we are more interested in raw talent and welcome your application even if you have had little or no experience.

course costs.

Programme fully funded for students ages 16-18 at the start of their course. Students will be eligible to apply for a discretionary bursary. Auditions are also free of charge.Students will be expected to contribute to the cost of trips.

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