Bath Dance College has officially opened its doors at Writhlington School to the first students embarking on two-year vocational performing arts course.
Nineteen students have enrolled on the first course which is being led by head of dance George Hill, who trained with the Royal School of Ballet and danced with companies including the Dresden Semperoper.
The opening was a dream come true for college director Sue Hill who has helped countless youngsters on the path to a career in the performing arts.
The college was opened by Bath and North East Council chairman Rob Appleyard.
Mr Appleyard said: "It is absolutely fantastic that this is happening to Writhlington.
"What is really great is that there is a lot of local talent in the area and this college will enable young people to study within the area and to pursue their dream."
Mr Hill will be working with other teachers including Karen Paisey, who is principal dancer with the Royal Ballet.