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LSC is proud to announce its new MA Dance Producing & Management

Preparing a new generation of creative producers for dance.

London Studio Centre is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Masters in Dance Producing and Management! This unique MA will start in October 2019, subject to validation by Middlesex University.

Designed for professional performers from all genres of dance looking to transition in their careers, the programme envisions the dance producer as a driving force to develop and shape the performing arts industry. Learning from industry professionals, small and select cohorts will be equipped to take advantage of commercial and artistic opportunities and tackle complex challenges. Placements within dance and theatre organisations will develop their knowledge and skills in creating, producing, engaging audiences, marketing, business, finance and management. A strong emphasis on work-based learning through placements and projects will enable students to put their knowledge and skills into practice while building networks in the industry.

The industry needs creative, entrepreneurial producers experienced in dance to help identify, communicate and realise strong artistic concepts through collaboration with authentic leadership. Course consultant Farooq Chaudhry, producer of Akram Khan Company, can’t wait to get going with the programme: “The demand for dance producers in the industry has never been greater. London Studio Centre is addressing an urgent need to train skilled dance producers, who can work as a catalyst to create new opportunities and respond to growing artistic ambition in the performing arts industry. I look forward to a close collaboration on this much needed and exciting MA programme, mentoring these students through workshops, projects and placements.”

LCS’s ethos has always been to value all forms of dance as equal, and to nurture the creative potential of working across all genres. The programme was initially developed in collaboration with 25 industry partners, who represent the best of the artistic vibrancy of dance today, which has resulted in an ever growing pool of prospective placement providers from all areas of the field. This includes dance companies, independent dance artists,, producers, and choreographers who work in a range of genres including ballet, contemporary dance, hip hop, music theatre, film and television.

“When I started working as a producer, I had to learn the role on the job. The highly pressurised environment of the current industry means that new dance producers often don’t have that same luxury to learn from mistakes. Getting to grips with how the producing side of the industry works and having an opportunity to learn in a placement setting will give the students on this programme a real advantage in the industry.”

-        Chantal Spiteri, LSC Alumna and Executive Producer of ZooNation

“Producing and management is often seen as a natural progression for dancers and choreographers, and many skills that artists gain over the course of their performing career are transferable: being highly motivated, working as part of a larger a team and excellent attention to detail to name a few. Too often dancers move into these new administrative roles without enough training and support. Ballet Black is keen to help develop students on this MA through opportunities for shadowing and work placements so that professional dancers moving into a different phase of their career can feel confident in their new responsibilities and bring their wealth of knowledge of the arts into management.”

-        Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder & Artistic Director of Ballet Black

"London Studio Centre has strong connections to the performing arts industry and a longstanding commitment to developing performances of the highest standard with its students. It is good to see the College share these assets with a new generation of postgraduate students in Dance Producing and Management."

-       Anthony Van Laast, Choreographer

Based in artsdepot students will have access to two professional theatre spaces in which they can produce and stage work.

The application process will open this Autumn, for intake in October 2019. For more information or to express an interest in this new programme, please contact Dr Lise Uytterhoeven on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Over 60 Performances a Year at LSC

 

Performance at the Heart of our Unique Degree Programme

At London Studio Centre we believe in learning through experience when it comes to performing. Performance is at the heart of our degree programme and is embedded in all three years of training. This ethos makes all LSC graduates highly employable, working in acclaimed West End and Broadway productions as well as world renowned dance companies. Based at artsdepot in London, our students train in a unique professional performance environment every day, with access to over 40,000 sq. feet of state of the art studio space and two professional theatres, The Pentland Theatre and the Studio Theatre. Every third year student travels across the country in one of our four touring companies performing in a range of different theatres and for public audiences.

As our students work towards their performances this summer term, we take a look back at just some of the highlights of a year full of fantastic productions.

Liam Francis & Friends was a unique programme of dance bringing together current students, LSC alumni and industry professionals. The evening was curated by LSC alumnus Liam Francis who is working in the industry as a dancer and choreographer. This is just one of 10 specially commissioned performances in The Pentland Theatre that LSC Students perform in.

At LSC we are constantly encouraging our students to develop through collaboration. Design for Dance gives students the opportunity to create pieces in collaboration with design students from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. The partnership between LSC and CSM nurtures creativity, culminating in innovative and experimental works.

Student Platform takes place in the Spring and Autumn terms encouraging students to present their own choreography or work-in-progress in an informal setting. These performances provide an opportunity for students to present their diverse, individual and theatrical talent.

Our Spring Showcase presents the fantastic work of students covering all dance genres, singing and acting to display the talent and versatility at LSC. This eclectic programme celebrates the diversity of theatrical interests of students at London Studio Centre. First year student Callan Taverner was involved in 2018’s Spring Showcase remarked how “working towards public performance makes it professional… it’s not an exercise in a studio; you’re learning to dance!”.

This year we launched our Performance Team. Made up of first and second year students, they have given four performances so far at events including the CDMT conference in Liverpool and at MOVEIT! 2018.

Students across all years and pathways are focusing on our summer performances. The third year companies are preparing to embark on their tours this summer, performing in theatres from Yeovil to Stratford Upon Avon. Meanwhile, the first and second year students are preparing for the Dance Overture, held annually at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

With so many integrated performance opportunities for all our students keep up to date with all LSC performances by following us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook

MOVE IT 2018 is here!

MOVE IT 2018 is finally here and London Studio Centre will be exhibiting at the event from Friday 16 - Sunday 18 March, at ExCeL London.

MOVE IT is the UK’s biggest annual dance event, celebrating all forms of dance and the performing arts and bringing together dance schools, dance enthusiasts, professionals and iconic performers from across the UK and around the world.

LSC staff and students will be on hand to answer questions about our range of courses, the audition process and insights into day-to-day life at LSC.

We'll also have a range of dance classes in our very own studio (now sold out) and our Performance Team will be performing on the mainstage on the Saturday between 1.30 - 2.10pm.

Leanne coverLeanne Groutage (front) and the Face of MOVE IT squad.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Leanne Groutage, an LSC alumna who is one of this year's faces of MOVE IT 2018!  Leanne graduated from London Studio Centre in 2013, having performed with the 3rd Year music theatre company, Seedtime. Since then she has performed in Starlight Express (Germany) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour) and was recently the dance captain for Top Hat at the Gatehouse which received the Offie for Best Choreography/Movement! She will feature in a lot of the MOVE IT's marketing materials.

moveit2017 04LSC students in front of our giant screen at MOVE IT 2017. 

At last year's MOVE IT, we wowed attendees with our four Dance Films on our giant screen, showcasing the range of dance styles we teach at the college, the talents of our current students and alumni as well as the college's dance studios, theatres and award winning facilities in North Finchley.

Our new stand for this year is still a secret so you'll just have to come and see us to find out! See you there!

To book tickets for entry to Move It, visit the Move It 2018 website.

Gemma shows versatility in a variety of TV roles

Gemma Whelan is a renowned star of British drama and comedy, graduating from London Studio Centre in 2004, she has established herself an all rounded career on and off screen. Gemma is best known for playing the role of Yara Greyjoy in the drama TV series Game of Thrones yet also has a highly recognisable flare for her talents in comedy, as she was awarded the Funny Women variety award for stand-up comedy in 2010. She is now starring in a range of television programmes including the dark comedy-drama The End of the F**king World and the hit Netflix series, The Crown.

Gemma Funny Woman Award 2010Gemma winning the Funny Women award in 2010

After graduating from Middlesex University, Gemma undertook the One-Year Professional Diploma programme at London Studio Centre where she performed with the college’s music theatre company, Seedtime. She is now an established actress, however the programme provided Gemma with training in all disciplines of music theatre including dancing and singing. She even began her career as a member of the Beaux Belles dance troupe!

With her ability to adapt to different roles, Whelan established herself as an extremely diverse artist. She appeared in Hollywood films such as The Wolfman (2010) as well as a variety of roles in live theatre including One Man, Two Governors (UK Tour and West End) and Dark Vanilla Jungle (UK Tour, Soho Theatre). A review for the Telegraph described Whelan as giving ‘a tremendous performance, working hard to give both light and shade’. Gemma can even be heard as a voiceover for some well-known video games including Soul Sacrifice and Mass Effect Andromeda.

Gemma Dark Vanilla JungleGemma playing the role of Andrea in the play Dark Vanilla Jungle

But it is within television that Gemma has made the most impact. In 2012 she was cast as the fierce and powerful Yara Greyjoy in HBO’s award-winning fantasy-drama Game of Thrones. Yara began as supporting character for several years, but in last year’s series she became a central character featuring in all episodes.

Gemma Game of ThronesGemma as Yara Greyjoy in the TV series Game of Thrones

 

Last year, Gemma starred in the challenging role of Karen Matthews for the BBC’s stark drama The Moorside which received much praise from critics. She also played more comedic roles such as Kate Shakespeare in the BBC’s Upstart Crow as well as D.C. Eunice Noon in Channel 4 and Netflix’s The End of the F**king World.

Gemma End of the WorldGemma playing DC Eunice Noon in End of the F**king World

Gemma demonstrated her versatility again whilst appearing as Patricia Campbell in The Crown, Peter Morgan’s biopic of Queen Elizabeth II. This more sensitive role is a big contrast to the harsh armour-wearing character she’s best known for in Game of Thrones and is a true credit to Gemma’s versatility. Gemma really is the perfect illustration of the diverse and fantastic successes that come out of LSC. Who knows in what roles she could end up next!

Gemma The CrownGemma playing Patricia Campbell in The Crown on Netflix 

Toyan Thomas-Browne performs in UK's first all-black 'Guys and Dolls'

In October 2017, it was announced that the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester would present the UK’s first all-black production of the classic American musical, Guys and Dolls with London Studio Centre alumni Toyan Thomas-Browne in the role of Moe.


Toyan and the cast of Guys and Dolls perform Luck be a Lady

In his third year at London Studio Centre, Toyan was a member of the music theatre company, Seedtime, and impressed audiences at the end of year performances with his renditions of Not My Father’s Son from Kinky Boots and Too Darn Hot from Kiss Me, Kate. 

After graduating, Toyan had a busy 2016, performing in the ensembles for We Will Rock You and That Man at the London Hippodrome. That same year he performed with the Pet Shop Boys at their Inner Sanctum concerts at the Royal Opera House where Becky Howell (LSC alumna and now teacher) was assisting with choreography. Towards the end of the year, Toyan joined the ensemble for Christmas on Ice at Canada's largest gaming resort, the Fallsview Casino.

Toyan getting into his costume for the Caterpillar in WonderlandToyan getting into his Caterpillar costume for Wonderland

In 2017, Toyan was cast in the original UK tour of Wonderland, Frank Wildhorn’s Tony Award-nominated musical based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Performing alongside Wendi Peters (Queen of Hearts), Toyan was a member of the ensemble and first cover for the Caterpillar. He debuted his sassy and humerous take on the Caterpillar at New Wimbledon Theatre, where he had previously performed in London Studio Centre’s Dance Overture.

Toyan as Moe in Guys and DollsToyan as Moe in Guys and Dolls

Following the Wonderland Tour, Toyan performed in a one-off concert of new musical The Prince at the Arts Theatre before joining Guys and Dolls which opened at the Royal Exchange Theatre on the 2nd December. Whilst it isn’t the world’s first all-black production of the musical (a previous production played Broadway in 1976), director Michael Buffong’s bold casting decision comes at a time when representation and casting are hot topics in the world of music theatre. By transporting the musical from glitzy 1950’s New York City to pre-war Harlem, Buffong explores the African American culture of the time and features hip-hop inspired choreography by Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy (who choreographed the powerful Death of a Dynasty for Jazz Dance Company’s 2017 Dynasties tour). Buffong explained that Harlem in the 1930s was “all about the hustle” and that the creativity of the era inspired much of today’s popular dance and music.

Prince Edward and the cast of Guys and DollsPrince Edward and the cast of Guys and Dolls

The show has enjoyed a great extended run including a special 40th Anniversary performance for the Royal Exchange where Toyan and the cast performed for Prince Edward. The show also received fantastic reviews with the Guardian claiming the new context gives Guys and Doll “an extra jazzy swing in its step and more grit to its characters”, whilst the Express called it a “smart production with a talented cast” – a brilliant accolade for Toyan! We can't wait to see what he does next!