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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.

Third Year Company Tours 2018

Third Year Company Tours

 

Every final year student becomes a member of one of London Studio Centre’s four performing companies – INTOTO Dance (contemporary dance), Images Ballet Company (classical ballet), The Jazz Dance Company (jazz theatre dance) and Seedtime (music theatre). Students work with industry professionals to create their productions, alongside an intense programme of training.

Images Ballet Company

Through May and June, Images Ballet Company 2018 toured their diverse programme of work.

Having specialised in classical ballet, the students in Images Ballet Company worked with a team of industry professionals including choreographers, musicians, producers and designers. The dancers performed 4 pieces choreographed by Morgann Runcare-Temple, Erico Montes, Hubert Essakow and Bim Malcomson and accompanied by live musicians, Tom Ellis and Elliot Perks.

The creative process of each work and its choreographer was arranged by Artistic Director Jennifer Jackson, to reflect the professional and collaborative attributes of ballet performances in the industry today.

Music was central to this year’s show each ballet growing from a unique creative process to display the versatility of ballet.

A review of their performance at Didcot, Oxfordshire can be found at:

https://oxforddancewriters.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/images-ballet-co-cornerstone-didcot-13th-june-maggie-watson-reviews/

 

INTOTO Dance Company

     INTOTO Dance 2018 comprised of 20 of our third year students on the contemporary pathway, delivered a stimulating and entertaining dance  performance, reflecting the eclecticism of contemporary dance today.

 Working with highly experienced choreographers Dam Van Huynh, Abi Mortimer, Anthony Missen and Nuno Campos.

 Dam founded his own company in 2008. His work is known for being distinctive and having a ‘deep interest in redefining the body and its movement   capability’. Dam described the students of INTOTO as ‘hard working and dedicated’ and thoroughly enjoyed the creative process.

Abi Mortimer, who collaborated with the students to create Out Of Empty Arms, founded the Lila Dance company, with her work being showcased at renowned venues including Sadler’s Wells.

Anthony Missen, co-artistic director of Chameleon commented how ‘It was a treat to be amongst such hungry, inquisitive and committed students’. INTOTO were also delighted to work LSC alumnus and former Henri Oguike contemporary dance member Nuno Campos to create As We Are.

 

 

Jazz Dance Company

 

The Jazz Dance Company took audiences on a journey through the ‘Decades’, a performance that captured the essence of changing eras through dance and music styles. Audiences described Jazz Dance Company Tour as ‘uplifting and inspiring’.

Their showcase delivered a range of dance styles including hip hop, commercial, tap, music theatre, lyrical jazz, contemporary and technical jazz reflecting the versatile jazz dance training undertaken by the students.

The company worked with renowned choreographers for the pieces on the tour including Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy MBE (Olivier Award winning ‘Pied Piper’), Nikki Trow (X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Little Mix), Anthony Whiteman (Mack and Mabel, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation), Matthew Cole (Footloose, Flashdance) and Carrie-Anne Ingrouille (Zoonation, Hamilton).

 

 

Seedtime Musical Theatre

 

This year’s Seedtime musical theatre company took to the Pleasance Theatre in June to showcase their rendition of Legally Blonde the Musical.

Audiences saw the transformation of young Elle Woods brought to life by our committed aspiring professionals, who delivered a highly entertaining and energetic run of shows.

Throughout their final year of professional training, Artistic Director of the company, Matthew Shaw, provides the students with opportunities to work with performers in the industry through west end style workshops and an agent week in which students can start learning how to prepare effectively for auditions in their future career.

Seedtime work with a team of industry professionals, in order to experience performing in a professional production.

 

Even though their tours are now complete, the hard work and success of our graduates is continuing. Many have signed with renowned agencies including Boland and Reeve, Becky Barrett Management, Russell Smith Associates, FLP Management and Cowley Knox and Guy; Images Ballet Company member Anna Heery has gained an apprentice contract with Ballet Theatre UK working on ballets including Swan Lake and a new version of Beauty and the Beast and many students have even begun professional contracts already!

Congratulations to LSC Class of 2018!!!!

Saturday 14th July was an extremely busy day in the LSC calendar!

Saturday the 14th of July was an incredible day for LSC. For the whole weekend we took over New Wimbledon Theatre and on Saturday, not only did our first and second years perform two of the 4 Dance Overture performances, our third years also had their graduation ceremony!!

Leading the festivities was director of the college, Nic Espinosa along with Guest of Honour Mark Baldwin who presented the graduates with their certificates.

Having served as artistic director of Rambert Dance Company for 15 years Mark is also on the board of governors and a patron of London Studio Centre.  

As well as presenting each student with their certificates, Mark also presented the annual student awards and wished all graduates the best of luck for the future.

  Award   Recipient
  Most Outstanding Performance in INTOTO Dance Melanie Little
  Peter Brinson Award for Achievement in Contemporary Dance  Hannah White
  Lia Williams Cup for Most Outstanding Performance in Seedtime

Jake Lynch &

Virginia Sutton

  Sheila O’Neill Award for Achievement in Music Theatre and Dance Ellie Tanfield
  Most Outstanding Performance in Images Ballet Company  Demi Aldred
  Founders Cup for Achievement in Classical Ballet  Anna Heery
  Most Outstanding Performance in Jazz Dance Company Robyn Casey
  Gillian Lynne Award for Achievement in Jazz Dance  Lara Hunt
  Vic Ray Shield for Achievement in Tap Dance  Katie White
  Espinosa Award for the Most Accomplished Student of the Year Alice Ellewood
  Hilda Coleman Trophy for the Most Progress Achieved Over Their
  Time at LSC

Lawrence Jefferies &

Nicola Ladner

Dance Overture was again a huge success this year. Developed and rehearsed in just 5 weeks our first and second year treated audience to an exuberant display of jazz dance, ballet, contemporary dance, and music theatre. Students worked with industry professionals including LSC alumni creating a fantastic and exciting performance made up of 27 different pieces.

All in all, it was an incredibly special weekend and everyone here at LSC revelled in the chance to celebrate the fantastic achievements of every single student. We wish our students a wonderful summer and look forward to welcoming them back, along with our new intake, in September. We also wish the best of luck to our new graduates and hope to see them very soon! 

LSC Awarded Gold TEF Rating for 2018!

Gold in our Ruby Year!

London Studio Centre are proud to announce that we have received a Gold rating from the Teaching Excellence and Students Outcomes Framework (TEF) award from the Office for Students. With our new Gold award we join a selective group of 72 prestigious universities or colleges in the UK offering excellence in further education including; The University of Cambridge, The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

TEF is a government scheme created to recognise and reward excellence in teaching and learning in higher education. To assess each institution the panel review data from National Student Survey, Destination of Leavers of HE survey, Higher Education Statistics Agency information and more.

To be awarded a gold rating, LSC has delivered “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students” and be of “the highest quality found in the UK”. For our 2018 rating the Office for Students noted that “that students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes” and that LSC graduates have “exceptionally high” employment rates and student satisfaction rates.

Having achieved the silver award last year with limited data and metrics, LSC are thrilled that our teaching is being recognised so highly. College director, Nic Espinosa commented, “we are absolutely delighted to be awarded gold in the latest government ranking for higher education providers. I believe it is a fitting recognition of the commitment both staff and students have to the core values at London Studio Centre”

The report summarised the following;

  • the high levels of contact time, including personalised provision and individual support, with associated levels of engagement and active commitment to learning and study from students
  • the ethos of ensuring student engagement and valuing the student voice in its programme design and quality assurance processes
  • access to professional facilities that are actively and consistently used by students to enhance learning
  • the engagement of students with developments from the forefront of the field of practice research.

To see the full report click here.

LSC is proud to announce its new MA Dance Producing & Management

Preparing a new generation of creative producers for dance.

London Studio Centre is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Masters in Dance Producing and Management! This unique MA will start in October 2019, subject to validation by Middlesex University.

Designed for professional performers from all genres of dance looking to transition in their careers, the programme envisions the dance producer as a driving force to develop and shape the performing arts industry. Learning from industry professionals, small and select cohorts will be equipped to take advantage of commercial and artistic opportunities and tackle complex challenges. Placements within dance and theatre organisations will develop their knowledge and skills in creating, producing, engaging audiences, marketing, business, finance and management. A strong emphasis on work-based learning through placements and projects will enable students to put their knowledge and skills into practice while building networks in the industry.

The industry needs creative, entrepreneurial producers experienced in dance to help identify, communicate and realise strong artistic concepts through collaboration with authentic leadership. Course consultant Farooq Chaudhry, producer of Akram Khan Company, can’t wait to get going with the programme: “The demand for dance producers in the industry has never been greater. London Studio Centre is addressing an urgent need to train skilled dance producers, who can work as a catalyst to create new opportunities and respond to growing artistic ambition in the performing arts industry. I look forward to a close collaboration on this much needed and exciting MA programme, mentoring these students through workshops, projects and placements.”

LCS’s ethos has always been to value all forms of dance as equal, and to nurture the creative potential of working across all genres. The programme was initially developed in collaboration with 25 industry partners, who represent the best of the artistic vibrancy of dance today, which has resulted in an ever growing pool of prospective placement providers from all areas of the field. This includes dance companies, independent dance artists,, producers, and choreographers who work in a range of genres including ballet, contemporary dance, hip hop, music theatre, film and television.

“When I started working as a producer, I had to learn the role on the job. The highly pressurised environment of the current industry means that new dance producers often don’t have that same luxury to learn from mistakes. Getting to grips with how the producing side of the industry works and having an opportunity to learn in a placement setting will give the students on this programme a real advantage in the industry.”

-        Chantal Spiteri, LSC Alumna and Executive Producer of ZooNation

“Producing and management is often seen as a natural progression for dancers and choreographers, and many skills that artists gain over the course of their performing career are transferable: being highly motivated, working as part of a larger a team and excellent attention to detail to name a few. Too often dancers move into these new administrative roles without enough training and support. Ballet Black is keen to help develop students on this MA through opportunities for shadowing and work placements so that professional dancers moving into a different phase of their career can feel confident in their new responsibilities and bring their wealth of knowledge of the arts into management.”

-        Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder & Artistic Director of Ballet Black

"London Studio Centre has strong connections to the performing arts industry and a longstanding commitment to developing performances of the highest standard with its students. It is good to see the College share these assets with a new generation of postgraduate students in Dance Producing and Management."

-       Anthony Van Laast, Choreographer

 

Based in artsdepot students will have access to two professional theatre spaces in which they can produce and stage work.

The application process will open this Autumn, for intake in October 2019. For more information or to express an interest in this new programme, please contact Dr Lise Uytterhoeven on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..