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LSC’s Response to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic

LSC’s Response to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic

We are delighted and excited to welcome back students this September, following an inspirational online summer term where we saw students producing some really exciting work and working together throughout these challenging times. For our return the primary concern for LSC is the safety of our vibrant community of students and staff. In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the advice of experts and existing government guidance and made some essential changes to the way that we will deliver our programmes and courses to ensure that we continue to offer our renowned high-quality education whilst keeping the LSC family safe.

Here is how we will do this:

Blended Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching: For the Academic Year 2020-2021, LSC will offer blended learning provision. This will be a mixture of both face-to-face learning and teaching experiences alongside online provision. We will be prioritising practical dance techniques and some singing and acting for face-to-face learning and shifting all lectures, seminars and tutorials to virtual learning platforms.

Our face-to-face provision will be taught in discrete groups to limit the risk of exposure to the virus and will ensure that social distancing can be maintained at all times. Classes such as contact improvisation or partnering will, of course, need to be adapted until it is safe to return to regular practices without social distancing.

Additionally we have invested in state of the art platforms to host our virtual learning in order to seamlessly transition between the two learning spaces. Some classes will be recorded and pre-recorded online so that students can view and revisit class material as often as they would like.

Assessment: In this blended learning model of delivery, most assessments will run as normal with the exception of some singing assessments.

Performances: LSC is committed to providing performance opportunities to our students. We will be following government guidance on performance in order to keep everyone safe and will look to provide a variety of mixed-mode performance opportunities.

Keeping us all safe

To keep our community safe we have introduced a variety of safety measures such as:

  • Staggered entry and exit times to avoid congestion
  • Lengthening the operating day to 8am-8pm in order to rotate groups in the building, reducing gaps and facilitating social distancing
  • Blended learning
  • Delivering face-to-face classes in specialist groups (in year groups but also pathways) to minimise the risk of transmission throughout the entire student and staff population
  • One way flow patterns throughout the building
  • Adhere to social distanced reviewed room capacities
  • Marked spaces in all studios and teaching spaces to observe social distancing
  • Additional studio and shared space cleaning protocol in between group use, including studio fogging
  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer stations available in every studio/teaching space
  • Thorough personal hygiene expectations for both students and staff
  • Staff and student training on new COVID procedures
  • Signage reminding students and staff about COVID signs and symptoms and social distancing
  • Daily temperature checking upon building entry
  • Daily COVID screening to be completed before arriving at the building for all staff and students
  • Expecting students and staff to follow government guidelines outside of LSC in their home, work or social environments
  • Splitting admin and support staff into teams in order to maintain services and minimise the risk of transmission
  • Expectation that all staff and students will wear a mask whilst in the building, unless medically unable to
  • Combining advice from government, Public Health England, and the World Health Organisation with dance industry advisors such as One Dance UK and the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre to provide a best practice environment.

Contingency Learning and Teaching Planning

LSC have been working closely with its validating partners to ensure that contingency plans are in place in case of a second National lockdown or Local lockdown that would leave us unable to continue our face-to-face provision.

Learning and Teaching: Such provision would look at ensuring that both live and pre-recorded class work would be available to students from the comfort of their own homes.

Assessment: In the case of the requirement to move assessment online, LSC has worked with students and staff to create a robust contingency assessment plan that would involve maintaining the integrity and mode of assessments. For example: practical dance assessments will be modified to ensure students can submit manageable recordings of their dance work, and presentation assessments will be done via video conferencing platforms. Written submissions will remain unchanged.

Performances: LSC is committed to providing performance opportunities to our students. Where live performance is or becomes impossible, LSC has a track record of producing vibrant and creative digital alternatives that will showcase student work.

Further details

COVID-19 Guidelines and Regulations will be circulated to students and staff prior to arrival, with further induction during the first week.  They will be required to sign to confirm they will abide by the regulations in order to keep each other safe. 

Overseas travel

Students travelling from overseas before the start of term, should be aware they may be required to quarantine for 14 days upon reaching the UK, prior to attending LSC. This includes UK Students who have been out of the country. Students should monitor the UK Government’s list of countries which require quarantine (please note this can change frequently).  Students that will be required to quarantine for 14 days, should check with their London accommodation to ensure that they will be able to do this on their arrival. 

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 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 rock back into Bat Out of Hell for 2018

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LSC Alumni rock back into Bat Out of Hell for 2018

Jim Steinman’s hit musical Bat Out of Hell has returned to London’s West End. Based on the music of Meatloaf, Bat out of Hell is a loose adaptation of Peter Pan and Wendy, set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan, now called Obsidian. After winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical in 2017, and receiving 8 WhatsOnStage nominations this year, Bat out of Hell is currently booking at the Dominion Theatre, London until October 27th 2018.

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‘Enough electricity between the young lovers alone to blast the roof off this glorious theatre’. The Mail on Sunday

‘Loud, exhilarating and blows your socks off’. The Independent

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LSC Alumni are reprising their roles in Bat out of Hell having been members of the original cast last year.

Georgia Carling was on tour with Bat Out of Hell last year in the role of Valkyrie, and is thrilled to be returned to the show this April.

Georgia graduated from London Studio Centre in 2012, having been a member of Seedtime, our 3rd year music theatre company, winning the Dame Anna Neagle Award. Since graduating she has played the title role in the UK tour of Angelina Ballerina. Further credits include Hairspray (UK tour), Water Babies (The Leicester Curve theatre), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), and Beauty in Beauty and the Beast (Oxford Playhouse).

In 2017 LSC alumnus Isaac Edwards’ made his west end debut in Bat Out of Hell and he is currently in his second contract with the show. Since graduating

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Isaac has established a highly successful career, specifically developing his work in the commercial dance field.

Since graduating Isaac has performed as a featured dancer for the International Olympic Welcoming Committee at the London 2012 Olympics and has worked with renowned British hip hop dance company ZooNation, in their production of Groove on Down the Road (2014) and Into the Hoods London and UK tour (2016).

Michael Naylor

Michael Naylor graduated from London Studio Centre in 2013 as a part of the INTOTO Dance Company and has gone on to work as a creative choreographer and performer.

2017 marked Michael’s debut in choreographing for the West End working as Resident Choreographer for Bat Out of Hell. His Outstanding prior performance role as a featured dance and dance captain for the show enhanced the creativity he was able to give to his choreography.

Michael has danced on various renowned street/hip hop theatre shows, Blaze dance company’s international tour. He creates his own choreography in between his performing commitments and has established a unique contemporary/hip hop fusion vision to his work, showcasing a lot of this internationally.

Michael keeps close connections with LSC and choreographed Hapori for Dance Overture at the New Wimbledon Theatre in 2016.