Auditions for the normal September entry are held from the preceding December to April. Candidates select their own audition date on the application and will be notified via email of the details upon receipt of the completed application form and fee.
The audition is run in two stages with applicants auditioning for one of four specialist pathways. All applicants attend the primary audition which takes the form of assessment in three technique classes; ballet, contemporary and jazz. Candidates who select the music theatre pathway on their application will also be required to prepare a song of their choice and bring their own sheet music. Singing is not required for any other pathway at this stage of the audition process.
Candidates who are successful at this stage will then be invited to attend a recall audition. There are four different genres of recall; classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and music theatre.
Ballet – Candidates will attend a further ballet class and will receive a choice of solo they must prepare and perform*. There will also be a pointe work assessment following the ballet class for female applicants.
Contemporary – Candidates will attend a further contemporary class and are required to prepare a solo of no more than 2 minutes to demonstrate their performance skills and movement quality. This is not a choreographic assessment.
Jazz – Candidates will learn two contrasting jazz routines (one technical and one hip-hop) and perform a song from a list provided*.
Music Theatre – Candidates will learn a jazz routine and prepare a contemporary monologue of approximately 2 minutes in length and a song from a list provided*.
*The list of ballet solos and songs will be sent out following the primary audition.
The audition panel then submit their recommendations to the Admissions Review Board following both the primary and recall auditions. Primary audition outcomes are notified via email, recall outcomes are initially notified via email with formal letters of offer being sent by post. Parents or guardians are most welcome to come along on the audition day; staff are available to answer any questions they may have about studying at London Studio Centre.
Applicants who audition successfully for one of London Studio Centre’s full-time courses will be required to complete a registration form, provide identification documents and pay a £500 non-refundable deposit to secure their place on the course within the deadline stated in the letter of offer.