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LSC DISTANCE LEARNING - Summer Term 2020

LSC’s comprehensive Distance Learning programme

Below are the key points you need to know/look at:

  • All the information you require to access your distance learning classes can be found on the front page of DIVA here
  • There you will also find the Distance Learning Student Support Guide explaining how to navigate all of your online classes
  • You can find the Daily Timetable on DIVA which contains the links you require to log into each of your classes - Separate links to private singing classes will also be posted online alongside the timetable
  • There is also a discussion forum available and all admin staff are on hand to help with any teething issues that both students and staff will inevitably have.

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LSC ALUMNI: FESTIVE ROUND-UP 2019

FESTIVE ROUND-UP/2019

We are proud of the diverse range of employment our graduates undertake, from performing to choreographing to teaching, our graduates pursue a multitude of career paths, often undertaking multiple roles at one time. Here is a round-up of what our graduates were up to over the festive season:

 

CHRISTMAS SHOWS

Esme Bacalla-Hayes starred as Princess Anastasia in Sleeping Beauty at The Greenwich Theatre

Elle Locke was also performing in Sleeping Beauty at Venue Cymru

Jack Ford danced in Cinderella at the Northampton Royal and Derngate, for Qdos Productions alongside fellow graduate Myriam Maley

Danielle Louise Paine appeared as Tinkerbell in Peter Pan for Qdos Entertainment in Crewe

Danni Settle featured in Christmas Live at Doncaster Racecourse for Explosive Productions

Aaron Barker was involved in a production of Snow White working for Qdos Productions at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Keely Taylor-Hall joined the cast of Snow White for Worcester Live

Abby Bryant was dancing in Milton Keynes in a production of Aladdin working alongside fellow graduates Clare Korniichuk and Hiromi Ty

Joe Davies featured in Aladdin at the King’s Theatre, Portsmouth for Mark Thompson Productions

Zoé Pembroke performed in Aladdin at Windsor Theatre Royal whilst also undertaking the role of Dance Captain

Kitty Hollingsworth took on the role of Harpo in Jack and The Beanstalk at Theatre Peckham alongside fellow cast member and LSC graduate, Tamara McKoy Patterson

Daisy Edwards secured the role of Dance Captain in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the Oxford Playhouse. Victoria McCabe undertook the role of Jasmine in Aladdin for Evolution Pantomimes

Charlotte Alloway starred in Beauty and the Beast for Qdos Productions at The Belfast Opera House whilst also choreographing for West End Musical Brunch Christmas productions and The Greatest Brunch which launched in November 2019

Matilda Jarvis joined a production of Beauty and the Beast at The Theatre Royal in Bath for UK Productions. Lucy Roberts toured with Beauty and the Beast for Chaplins Entertainment playing the role of Beauty

Amber Jackson-Bond directed and then undertook the role of Swing for Hurricane Productions in Jack and the Beanstalk

Lydia Mary Hall played Maid Marion in Robin Hood at the Core Theatre in Solihull

Aisha Numah was dancing in the ensemble of Peter Pan at the Swansea Grand Theatre. Molly Rose Barton co-produced and performed in Ho Ho Ho: The Variety Show at the Lion and Unicorn for two nights in December 2019 in aid of St. Christopher’s Hospice alongside fellow graduate (and member of LSC office staff!) Karen Moses

Wendi Peters was busy playing Fairy Bon-Bon in Beauty and the Beast at the Theatre Royal Bath.

 

UK THEATRE

Adrian Rhys will be playing Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls at The Crucible in Sheffield

Natalie Bennyworth was in Singin in the Rain at The Mill at Sonning choreographed by fellow graduate Ashley Nottingham.

 

TOURS

Morgan Scott spent the Christmas season playing Bill Bailey in The Cyprus tour of CATS

Fellow graduate Gavin Eden was also performing in CATS in Manila and Singapore over the festive period

Rhianna Richards joined the international tour of Thriller Live which was touring Saudi Arabi & Switzerland during the festive period

Gemma Archer was in Luxembourg with Bill Kenwright’s UK & international tour of Cabaret the Musical. Jackie Anderson was performing as Cynthia in the tour of

Priscilla Queen of the Desert which played in Brighton over Christmas (the tour then continues until May 2020)

Stephen Sexton was touring Europe performing in The Andrew Lloyd Webber gala with fellow graduate Maddy Jane

Edward Stevens returned to The Snowman on an international tour to Hong Kong and Singapore sharing the title role with another graduate Bradley Apple

Sam Rodulfo was busy rehearsing for a UK tour with the Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and The Nutcracker

Lance Collins was touring Europe in The Bodyguard.

 

OVERSEAS/CRUISES

Kristian Studsgaard was in Copenhagen in the run up to the festive season directing CABARET which premiered on the 20th November 2019

Florence Georgia Ventham was chosen to be part of the inaugural cast of the brand new show at Disneyland Paris entitled Frozen 2: An Enchanted Journey

Heather Lauren Gould undertook the role of Dance Captain while performing as a Showgirl in Germany alongside Rhiannon Munson-Hobbs. Harriet Carr spent the festive season performing at Disneyland Paris both as a parade dancer and character performer

Daniele Salvatore Arbisi secured a Christmas contract in the Caribbean as Production Vocalist on P&O’s flagship, Britannia

Iván Delgado del Río undertook the role of Principal Dancer in the new production of Swan Lake at the Mogador Theater in Paris

James Leece was performing in Dance of the Vampires at Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen

Philippa Yates was dancing onboard the new MSC ship Grandiosa, her contract runs until May 2020

Becky Bennett joined the cast of Pretty Women Das Musical in Hamburg over the Christmas period and will remain a member of the cast until January 2021

Hannah Robotham was dancing onboard the Coral Princess whilst also working as Assistant Cast Manager, she spent Christmas 2019 in Antarctica

Jamie Weston was also sailing the seven seas working as a Production Dancer on the Celebrity Reflection and will be onbaord until the beginning of April 2020

Mariana da Silva was in Lisbon dancing at the Teatro da Trindade with fellow graduate Leonor Rolla, their contract runs until March 2020

Tilly Thomson is engaged as a Production Dancer on Cunard Queen Mary 2 until the end of May 2020. Rachel Boxall was appearing as a showgirl in Palais des Etoiles, Landau, Germany with fellow graduate Emily Carter

Marc Vizuete will be onboard the Oceania Riviera as a dancer until March 11th 2020.

 

CREATIVE ROLES

Nikki Laurence returned to her role as Musical Director in Welwyn Garden City for their 2019 production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Lynne Chandler Thomas choreographed Cinderella at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, a production that featured two of London Studio Centre’s own Jazz Company 2019 graduates

Sian Owen undertook the role of Assistant Choreographer to Lynne Chandler Thomas on this production

Chris Whittaker choreographed both the UK tour of The Marriage of Kim K as well as the pantomime Snow White in Barnstable in the run up to Christmas 2019

Steven Mear was busy choreographing several productions in the run up to Christmas including Mary Poppins which opened in November 2019 and Funny Girl which opened at The Marigny Theatre. He then began choreographing City of Angels for the Donmar in early January 2020

Rebecca Howell was busy choreographing at Teatro La Scala Milano and Theatre Calgary's production of THE LOUDER WE GET directed by Lonny Price.

 

WEST END

Anna Woodside spent the festive season performing in White Christmas at The Dominion Theatre in the West End of London

Kathryn Barnes is currently appearing as a member of the Ensemble/Swing in the UK tour of Curtains The Musical Comedy

The tour landed in the West End over the Christmas break playing at The Wyndhams Theatre from December 13th – January 11th

Cassidy Jansen undertook the role of Anne in the world premiere of & Juliet in October 2019

The show then transferred to the West End in November where it ran throughout the Christmas period

The show has now been nominated for a record number of WhatsOnStage Awards including a nomination for Cassidy herself and booking has now been extended until October 2020

Cassidy stars alongside fellow graduate Ivan de Freitas who is currently playing Lord Capulet in the West End production

Mary Poppins opened in the West End in November 2019 with LSC graduate Zizi Strallen in the titular role enjoying performances throughout the remainder of 2019 the show looks set to run long into 2020

Nolan Edwards was performing as a member of the ensemble in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre

Graduates Sebastian Torkia, Matt Krzan, Georgia Carling, Alex Louize Bird, all continued their roles in the West End production of Matilda over the festive season

Alex Bartles was busy entertaining audiences in the West End production of 9 to 5 The Musical and continues in his role as part of the ensemble at The Savoy Theatre this year

Ross Sands continued to wow audiences over the festive season in Magic Mike Live at The Hippodrome

Jason Pennycooke was starring as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton at The Victoria Palace Theatre and Angela Marie Hurst continued her role as Swing at the Aldwych Theatre.

 

BROADWAY

Celia Mei Rubin was cast as Dance Captain/Standby for a handful of roles in the original Broadway cast of A Christmas Carol

Rana Roy continued her run in Ink on Broadway, the play in which she made her Broadway debut.

 

FILM AND TV

Tom Hooper’s film CATS played at cinemas worldwide throughout the festive season

Starring Jazz Peters, Zizi Strallen, Abigayle Benton, Nicole Bondzie and Clemmie Sveeas along with Ellen Kane who was also involved in the film in the role of Dance Supervisor

Alex Browne filmed a TV Commercial in the run up to Christmas, he was stilt walking in the advert

Luke Evans performed his version of Bring Him Home, one of the tracks from his new album At Last on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in the build up to Christmas

Nicholas Pinnock’s new film Dark Encounter launched in the UK prior to Christmas and the US on January 7th 2020.

 

GRADUATE DANCE SCHOOLS NEWS

Students of the dance school Fantasy Feet, run by LSC graduate Philippa Harries, will feature in the local pantomime production of Aladdin

Claire Monaghan is directing The Nutcracker in Yarm this December

Christina Phillips-Kelly's studio are rehearsing for Swan Lake which will be performed in January 2020 with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer UK.

 

AUDITIONS UPDATE

In light of the current situation, London Studio Centre is only accepting video applications until further notice – Please find advice and instructions below:

We have made some changes to the normal requirements but understand that you’re unlikely to have access to a dance studio or large space in order to film your audition.

Where possible, we would like to see all dance elements from each applicant (please see guide below), the inclusion of a song and monologue is required for applicants for the musical theatre pathway and a classical repertoire solo from those applying for classical ballet. Please include as much as you can; however, if you are unable to include everything, this will not go against your application. We are fully aware of the limitations at this current time.

We would love to see you get as creative as possible. You could complete ballet using your kitchen worktop as your barre, do you jazz kicks down the hallway or perform your solo in the garden. We know that you may have limited space, so you can also include other footage you already have of you dancing/performing.

You may want to look at the LSC Living page on Instagram (@LSCliving) for some inspiration on how our students are currently keeping active whilst away from the college; they are using the space they have access to in some clever ways.

Please also include a brief statement to the camera about previous training and experience, including why you would like to train at London Studio Centre and why you think the course would be right for you. 2 minutes maximum.

Total running time: 20 minutes maximum

It is not necessary to edit your video with titles; however, if you have the facility to do so you are more than welcome to.

You can upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo, we recommend you using a private channel and not a video open for public view, or you can send the files using a transfer website such as https://wetransfer.com/. Links or files should then be emailed directly to me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the email listed on the website also comes directly to my inbox.

Once we have received your audition, it will be reviewed by members of the Admissions Review Board. London Studio Centre staff are working remotely so please allow time for us to process your video, we may also request you attend an online interview. Further details will be confirmed if this is required.

https://www.londonstudiocentre.org/admissions/how-to-apply/video-application

If you have any questions, please do get in touch. To contact Sarah Tudor (Admissions Manager) directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / +44 (0) 20 7520 2813.

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Ballet

Start with a still shot, standing facing the camera in 1st position, arms in bras bas. Then degage to 2nd position a terre, arms to 2nd position, hold for a moment, then close back to 1st position and repeat with the other leg.

Barre

  • Pliés – 2 positions only
  • Tendu, glissé and grand battement together

Centre

  • Pirouette exercise – 32 counts only
  • Adage – 32 counts only
  • Petit Allegro – 16 counts only
  • Grand Allegro – 16 counts only

If you have selected classical ballet in your application, please also demonstrate a piece of classical repertoire or your own choreography. Female applicants; this should be performed on pointe. Solos should be no more than 2 minutes in length.

Contemporary

Please show a contemporary solo, this can include a mixture of styles and demonstrates some travelling steps and jumps to show movement vocabulary. Floor work can also be included where possible. Solos should be no more than 2 minutes in length.

Jazz

Please demonstrate the following:

  • Front and side kicks
  • Double pirouettes (both sides in parallel)
  • Forward leap
  • Floor work - Splits on each side, stretch body forward with legs stretched to side

Please present a solo that demonstrates performance quality and versatility and should show the style of jazz dance in which you feel the most confident. It may include any of the following genres: hip hop/street, commercial, lyrical or music theatre jazz. Solos should be no more than 2 minutes in length.

If you have selected musical theatre on your application, please perform the following:

Song

Please perform a song from a musical, preferably with piano accompaniment. It can be from any era but should demonstrate your vocal and acting ability.

Monologue

Prepare a monologue from a play/musical writer post-1945. When choosing your monologue, please consider its suitability for your casting.

Songs and monologues should be no more than 2 minutes in length.

 

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!