Performing before a live audience is an indispensable aspect of theatrical training, offering students a whole variety of experiences from auditioning to rehearsals with established professional choreographers and directors, and all the way through to the stresses and disciplines of a professionally devised production. These productions are staged in a variety of different venues, both in London and throughout the UK. They are all steered by an experienced professional team of lighting, sound and stage management technicians.
Performance experience during levels 4 and 5 of training is viewed as an essential part of the curriculum. A major dance performance, Dance Overture, staged every summer at a leading London venue provides these students with the opportunity to work with leading choreographers and directors each of whom employ a broad range of techniques. Dance Overture serves as an introduction to the professional stage for students embarking on their training at London Studio Centre. Students are well supported by teaching and production staff as they confront the challenges of performing in professional venues very often for the first time.
London Studio Centre also presents smaller-scale drama and dance productions, as well as choreographic evenings of the students’ own devising.
In the final year of the BA (Hons) degrees, and at level 6 and level 7 (for the MA Dance Performance and One Year Professional programme), students join one of our performing companies INTOTO, Images Ballet Company, Jazz Co, and Seedtime (Musical Theatre Company).
The companies tour a full evening programme of work to theatres and arts centres throughout the UK; the tour culminates in London performances which provide the ideal showcase for potential employers. These performances complete the students’ education as dancers and set them on the road to successful professional careers.