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LONDON STUDIO CENTRE’S 2019 COMPANY TOURS

London Studio Centre are thrilled with the current third year students; we have had the pleasure of seeing all four performance companies thrive in their end of year shows. We have seen such professionalism, diversity, and quality throughout the performances. When reaching third year here and LSC you will join one of our 4 companies, this would be our Jazz Dance Company (Jazz Theatre Dance), INTOTO Dance (Contemporary Company), IMAGES Ballet Company (Classical Ballet) and Seedtime (Musical Theatre). Every single one of our students will have the pleasure of working with industry professionals, this will involve day to day classes, workshops, performance opportunity’s, productions, seminars, Q&A’s and more.

JAZZ DANCE COMPANY

Our Jazz Dance Company showed us power, high energy, dynamics and a variety of styles of jazz and musical theatre. Our audience were reminded and were able to reminisce on the many ‘Icons’ that we have seen to date.

During the tour you can see all styles like Tap, Technical Jazz, Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Hip-hop, Musical Theatre and Lyrical Jazz. Our students were able to show off the diverse training and knowledge.

The company worked with renowned choreographers for their tour pieces, such as Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy MBE (Olivier Award winning ‘Pied Piper’), Carrie-Anne Ingrouille (Zoonation, Hamilton), Alan Burkitt, Dean Lee, Garry Lee, Kevan Allen, Lucy Banfield, Regan Shepard, Ricky Jinks and student choreographer Macaulay Nicholson.

 

IMAGES BALLET COMPANY

During the period of May – June Images Ballet Company 2019 toured their exciting new show.

The students of Images were able to work with industry professionals such as choreographers, musicians, producers and designers. The show consisted of 4 pieces choreographed by Ashley Page OBE (Olivier award winning ‘Fearful Symmetries), Cameron McMillan (RD for Balletboyz, New Generation Award, DanceEast), Andrew McNicol (Creating for RB, London Olympics, Juice Opera and many more) Mikaela Polley (Senior RD Rambert, choreography for ENB, Rembert and many more).

Artistic Director Jennifer Jackson cleverly sourced appropriate choreographers for the students, and was able to add a humorous take in between the pieces for consistent entertainment. Students also had the pleasure of working with Martin Pyne (Composer and Musician).

INTOTO DANCE COMPANY

INTOTO Dance 2019 presented us with innovative and diverse programmes nationwide and has a proud tradition of commissioning work by established artists from contemporary dance and dance theatre. INTOTO performed three very solid and technical pieces which showed off every single student.

This stimulating show was directed by Sue Booker, choreographers include Victoria Fox (Artistic Director of TRIBE//Company), Luke Brown (Founder of Luke Brown Dance), Nathan Johnston (Associate Artist for Upswing Ariel).

SEEDTIME MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY

Seedtime Musical Theatre company had a 4 show run at The Pleasance theatre in June 2019 where they performed Little Shop of Horrors.

The company provides students with a working knowledge of the demands and disciplines of professional theatre. They are all involved in the process from the first rehearsal to final performance, working with industry professionals. As there is a large cast the final performances were split between the members to give students a fairer opportunity and the chance to learn tracks.

The tour process is now over for all of our 3rd year companies, we are getting ready to go goodbye as they graduate in July, many of our students have already been signed and are preparing for professional contracts so keep an eye out on social media for more information.

New world-class dance and music theatre programme for 16+: Applications now open for September 2019

London Studio Centre is thrilled to announce its new Foundation Degree / BA (Hons) Professional Dance Performance (top-up) starting in September 2019, subject to approval by the University of Bedfordshire.

Applications to study at our leading conservatoire, delivering world-class education and training in theatre dance and music theatre, are now open again to applicants aged 16 and above.

The three-year professional higher education programme (2-year FdA, plus 1-year BA (Hons) top-up) provides students with the full LSC experience of high-quality professional training in classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance or music theatre.

Applications for this new and exciting training opportunity are now open, to start in September 2019. Auditions will be held on Saturdays 11 and 18 May 2019. Click here for How to Apply.

Some of LSC’s renowned alumni reflect on the importance of starting their professional training at 16:

“LSC's versatile professional training provided me with the next level of challenge I was looking for at 16 and was an ideal preparation for my performance career in dance and music theatre. The highlights so far have been performing in Matthew Bourne’s works ‘Swan Lake’. ‘Nutcracker!’ and ‘Edward Scissorhands’, as well as in musicals such as ‘Cats’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Addams Family The Musical’. The broad range of techniques and theatre styles that LSC offers stood me in good stead for the full and varied career I've enjoyed so far."Gavin Eden

“For me, starting at that age was the perfect time to immerse myself in full time training. I felt ready for it, driven, and hungry to learn. Since graduating I have performed in a number of shows, including ‘Wicked’ in the West End, Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘The Car Man’ and ‘Kiss Me Kate’ to name some highlights. Had the opportunity to train not been available to me because of my age, it would have been a huge shame to postpone my training and the path that my career then took.”Freya Fields

“Since graduating from LSC at the age of 19, I have performed as part of ZooNation, performing in ‘Into The Hoods’ and ‘Some Like It Hip Hop’ and ‘Sylvia’, as well as other stage shows, such as ‘Magic Mike Live London’ (Dance Captain), ‘Blaze’ and ‘Thriller Live’. I have also done commercial work dancing for artists like: Beyoncé, Ellie Goulding, Rihanna, Take That, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Pixie Lott, Elton John and more.”Ross Sands

“Starting LSC’s course at 16 gave me the core technical foundation for my performing career that followed at 19 years old, which took me across the UK and Europe. Performing full length ballets with a live orchestra to an appreciative audience was my goal that I couldn’t have achieved without my training. Experiencing the choreographic process as a student was invaluable and helped me fit into professional company life and establish myself as a company member. I learnt so much and grew up very quickly at LSC: they set me up with the tools so I could shape my performing career.”Samantha Bosshardt

For more information about the programme, please click here.

LSC at Move It 2019!!

Over the years Move It has grown into the biggest and best dance event for industry professionals across the dance and performing arts sectors to network, perform and celebrate their work, and London Studio Centre is once again a part of the action. From Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March this year, Move It returns to the Excel centre in London’s Docklands.

For several years LSC has reserved a stand at Move It, wowing the crowds with brilliant performances on the main stage, open dance classes from some of the best teachers and choreographers in the business, and a stand staffed by people who are experts on all things LSC. Want to know more about the courses we offer? Want to get tips on how to audition for a dance course? Want to try your hand at a Hip Hop class? For all these things and more, come and find London Studio Centre at Stand 155! Here’s a taster of what we’ve got planned:

Open classes led by LSC teachers including a Chicago workshop led by original London cast member Robbie O’Reilly (Artistic Director of LSC’s 3rd Year company JazzCo); a Jazz Dance session for young dancers run by LSC alumna and Head of our Saturday Associate Programme Cris Penfold; a Hip Hop workshop with Duwane Taylor (Buckness Personified); and a Music Video Commercial Dance session with Nikki Trow (X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Little Mix). To see the full list of classes we’re offering just follow THIS LINK and filter by location to the LSC Studio – you’ll be able to see London Studio Centre-run classes on the right hand side under ‘Company/Teacher’. To take part in any of the classes we’re running all you need to do is add them to your basket when ordering your Move It tickets online.

You’ll also be able to spot us on Move It’s Main Stage, with members of LSC’s Performance Team dancing pieces choreographed by Becki Howell (LSC alumna and Associate Choreographer to Lynne Page on such shows as My Fair Lady and American Psycho) and Kenrick Sandy MBE (the Olivier Award winning Pied Piper). Becki brings us Monocrat, a Jazz/Musical Theatre piece, which will be performed during the first slot on Friday 8th from 10.30-11.10am and Kenrick presents Contact, a Hip Hop piece which will be performed during the first slot on Sunday 10th from 10.30-11.10am.

And finally, LSC’s Director, Nic Espinosa, will be taking part in a Seminar entitled What are they looking for? Top Tips for Training Auditions. You’ll be able to join him in the Move It Pro Seminar Room on Friday 8th from 3.45pm. All the seminars are FREE to attend and open to all – check out the full seminar programme HERE.

Find Move It at:

ExCeL London 
Royal Victoria Dock 
1 Western Gateway 
London E16 1XL

Buy your tickets for Move It 2019 HERE and don’t forget to sign up to one (or more) of our dance classes to get the full LSC experience!

LSC Alumni Profile; André Francis

André graduated from London Studio Centre in 2014 after touring with our Jazz Dance Company. Since graduating he has gone on to have a wonderful career, currently performing as the Ribbon Boy in Wicked on the West End, working with other LSC alumni Hannah Toy and former Jazz Dance Company artistic director, Petra Siniawski; following performing for 3 years in Disney’s The Lion King in Hamburg Germany. André’s other credits include Ensemble (Cover Maurice) and Silks Artiste in Beauty and the Beast (Oxford Playhouse); Seaweed in Hairspray (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre); Featured Dancer, Singer and Dance Captain in Circus of Dreams (The Peacock Theatre); Vox Pops in Viva Forever (The Piccadilly Theatre)

As part of our Alumni Profiles André shared some words of advice

What is your Favourite memory from your time at LSC?

My favourite memory has to be our first contemporary class in Third Year as the 2013/2014 Jazz Dance Company; I had just that week returned from training at The Ailey School in New York. At the end of class my teacher Buddy calls me over and says to me "André it's clicked". Buddy is a man of few words, so this moment stands-out to me because I respected him as a teacher, an artist and a role model and he had noticed the growth I'd felt within myself.

Being taught by Denzil Bailey, Paul Liburd and Buddy Watkins during my time at LSC was inspiring. These 3 men of colour were more like me than any other members of staff and I just remember thinking: “If I can be half as successful as any of them, then I’ve achieved something great! Then it will be my turn to inspire the next generation, just like they inspired me!”. 

How do you feel your time at LSC prepared you for your career?

I was blessed to have some truly great teachers and lecturers who REALLY knew their craft and helped prepare me. Jane Sanig made me fall in love with ballet; Alison Desbois made me fall in love with Matt Mattox Technique; alongside Denzil (Ballet) Paul and Buddy (Contemporary: Graham Technique) who I've already mentioned.

 

I also must not forget lecturers like Julia Gleich, Mark Harris, Josephine Leask and Lise Uytterhoeven; who all reminded me that along with my practical talents, I was also incredibly academic & theoretically talented and could really use these as transitional skills to support my practical work and thus, my career. It was a privilege to be taught by and in turn inspired by all of them and this further supported my decision to leave second year early and go to New York and train at the renowned Ailey School before returning to complete my third year in order to obtain my degree.

If you could give one piece of advice to our graduates what would it be?

Join EQUITY, think long term, stay in contact with contacts and do what makes you happy! (That's 4 pieces of advice but they are all equally important)

What's one piece of advice you would give to current LSC students?

Blind them with your "strengths" while you're working on the things which maybe aren't where you want them to be or aren't where they need to be - this also applies to graduates!

LSC Alumni Profile; Luke Brown

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Ahead of his UK tour with his dance company, LSC alumnus, Luke Brown spoke to us to discuss his time at LSC.

Luke Brown graduated from London Studio Centre in 2012, having specialised in Contemporary Dance and toured with INTOTO dance company. Since graduating he has worked as both a dancer and choreographer for companies including Frantic Assembly, English National Opera, Junk Ensemble, Ben Wright and Lila Dance Company. In 2014 Luke formed Luke Brown Dance with the aim to create emotionally charged and accessible performances, combining dance, text and storytelling. This autumn Luke Brown Dance are undertaking on their first tour with their piece For You I Long The Longest funded by the Arts Council, which includes a performance on home turf here at artsdepot. Luke explained the importance of bringing a piece of his professional work back to LSC saying “Performing at LSC, where my love for making was ignited, is a beautiful thought and to have support from staff and alumni would be the absolute best”. Ahead of his performance at artsdepot he also shared some advice for our students and graduates.

How do you feel your time at LSC prepared you for your career?

LSC prepared me in many ways for a career in the arts. The main factor being that I graduated with a well-rounded knowledge of numerous disciplines. I have been able to utilise my training in my own work and in other roles as a performer. My work is moving towards dance theatre and I am able to make this new discovery thanks to the skills I was taught at LSC.

If you could give one piece of advice to our graduates what would it be?

You are now the master of your craft, fine tune it, refine it and most importantly look after yourselves. It’s a fun journey on the other side of LSC, you are finding your way. Always ask for help and advice if you need it. LSC will always be there to support you, use that support network. Discover what it is that you enjoy and focus some time on it. Join professional open classes, see work and try and get along to some company classes.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to current LSC students?

Soak up every single opportunity that is given to you. Know who it is that is teaching you or leading your lectures. My first couple of professional jobs immediately after graduating were with guest practitioners and teachers that I met during my time at LSC. Mostly enjoy yourselves, don’t forget why you wanted to pursue a career in the arts - it was because you loved it.

Luke Brown Dance will be performing in artsdepot on Thursday 8th November at 7.30pm. Tickets are available here. https://www.artsdepot.co.uk/dance/luke-brown-dance-you-i-long-longest

For more information about Luke Brown Dance and more tour dates visit their website below. https://www.lukebrowndance.com/tour/