About The Bath Dance Centre

The Goodyear School of Dancing was founded in 1960, later renamed The Bath Dancentre. Classes took place in the Forum, above the Bath City Free Church until 1997 when the owners decided not to renew the lease. Paula and her associates now teach in various locations in and around the Bath area.

As well as general group medal and social dancing classes, Paula also teaches privately on individual or couple basis. Classes are as popular as ever and the list grows longer each year as styles such as Rock 'n' Roll and Salsa are added.

Our Teachers

Paula Goodyear with husband, Patrick.

Paula Goodyear (Founder)

Paula had a very successful competitive career, achieving 3rd place Latin-American and 7th place Ballroom at the Open British Championships. She was a Ten Dance Champion and represented Britain many times, including The Team Match at The British.

Paula is a Senior Examiner for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and received the Imperial Dancesport Award in 2016 for dedication to the society. She has Fellowships in Ballroom, Latin/ American and Disco Freestyle plus a Licentiate in Rock n Roll.

Paula taught dance at Bath University for many years. The students competitive team has gone from strength to strength achieving fifth place in the country. The Inter Varsity Dance Association presented Paula with an award in appreciation of her many years of devoted service to Student Dancesport.

In 2019 the Ballroom Dancers’ Federation presented Paula with The Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sonia Norris.

Sonia Norris

Sonia joined The Bath Dancentre when she was ten years old, trained by Paula. Firstly taking all her medals in Ballroom and Latin-American and later training to be a Dance Teacher. She is highly qualified having achieved Fellowships in the ISTD in Ballroom and Latin-American. Also a Licentiate in Disco Freestyle. She has trained many Social Dancers, Medallists, Competitors, Professionals and Wedding couples for their first dance.