Graduation and Dance Overture 2017
Friday 14th – Sunday 16th July was an extremely busy weekend in the LSC calendar!
Middlesex University Graduation 2017
Friday was the day our third year students on the BA Hons Theatre Dance programme donned their caps and gowns to attend their graduation ceremony at Middlesex University (London Studio Centre’s validating university). After a fanfare and procession, our new graduates each received their scrolls on stage before following the procession out into the Rickett Quadrangle to meet their families and pose for some photos!
London Studio Centre's Class of 2017 celebrating with Dr. Lise Uytterhoeven, Head of Learning & Teaching.
Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, said that the day was “not only an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our graduands but also to look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.”
London Studio Centre’s Graduation Celebrations 2017
The following day, London Studio Centre held its own annual graduation celebrations at New Wimbledon Theatre. Leading the festivities was director of the college, Nic Espinosa along with Guest of Honour Jason Pennycook who presented the graduates with their certificates.
Jazz Dance Company Class of 2017 celebrating onstage at New Wimbledon Theatre.
Jason trained at London Studio Centre after receiving a scholarship and graduated in 1993. For his first professional job, he joined the UK tour of CATS playing Coricopat and Mistofolees. Since then Jason has appeared in a number of hit West End shows including Starlight Express, Soul Train, Five Guys Named Moe, Rent, La Cage aux Folles (for which he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance Supporting Role in a Musical), Memphis The Musical (for which he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role) and Guys and Dolls. Jason is also known for his choreography and has worked on a variety of shows including Shrek The Musical (Karlstad, Sweden), Into The Woods (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Soul Sister (Savoy Theatre) which received a Lawrence Olivier Award nomination for Best New Musical. Most recently, Jason been cast in the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the West End production of Hamilton, which begins previews in November 2017.
Guest of Honour Jason Pennycooke presented students with their certificates and awards.
As well as presenting each student with their certificates, Jason also presented the annual student awards and wished all graduates the best of luck for the future.
Graduation Awards 2017
|Most Outstanding Performance in INTOTO Dance||Lucy White|
|Peter Brinson Award for Achievement in Contemporary Dance||Georgia Fletcher|
|Lia Williams Cup for Most Outstanding Performance in Seedtime||Bethanie Houghton|
|Sheila O’Neill Award for Achievement in Music Theatre and Dance||Aisha Stalker|
|Most Outstanding Performance in Images Ballet Company||Eleonora Falovo|
|Founders Cup for Achievement in Classical Ballet||Courtney Reading|
|Most Outstanding Performance in Jazz Dance Company||Lewis Palfrey|
|Gillian Lynne Award for Achievement in Jazz Dance||Kirsty Maguire|
|Vic Ray Shield for Achievement in Tap Dance||Charlotte Lloyd|
Espinosa Award for the Most Accomplished Student of the Year
Hilda Coleman Trophy for the Most Progress Achieved Over Their
Dance Overture 2017
And if that wasn’t enough, our first and second years were also at New Wimbledon Theatre performing in Dance Overture, London Studio Centre’s annual showcase featuring a large number of works choreographed by graduates. Directed by Barry McGrath, the show was hugely successful and the Sunday performance even acted as a renunion for large number of alumni who got together to enjoy the show.
The cast of Dance Overture 2017 on stage at New Wimbledon Theatre
All in all, it was a very special weekend and a great chance to celebrate the talents of our students and alumni. We hope our students are enjoying the Summer break and look forward to welcoming them back along with our new intake in September. We also wish the best of luck to our new graduates and hope to see them very soon!
New graduate Aisha Numah celebrating by re-enacting her leap from the Dance Overture poster.