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DANCE OVERTURE 2017 - Fri 14th - Sun 16th July

Dance Overture 2017

London Studio Centre returns to New Wimbledon Theatre with DANCE OVERTURE, our annual end-of-year production, showcasing the varied and exciting talents of our first and second year students.

'One of the ‘must-see’ shows... the West End’s future stars' - Dance Expression

Overflowing with energy, this exuberant display of jazz, ballet, contemporary dance and musical theatre combines the work of leading and emerging choreographers with the stars of tomorrow, displaying the diverse range of techniques they have studied throughout the year. This exciting production was conceived and developed in just four weeks following a year of technical training, rigorous assessment and rewarding academic exploration.

London Studio Centre is proud to support alumni throughout their career development. Many of the pieces in this production are created by graduates of the college, who have established themselves in the field of choreography.

An inspirational night out for all aspiring young dancers.

Friday 14th July - 7:30pm
Saturday 15th July - 1:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday 16th July - 2:30pm

Book tickets now: 
www.atgtickets.com/shows/dance-overture-17/new-wimbledon-theatre

LSC alumna nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards

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The cast of Groundhog Day celebrating 7 Tony Award nominations

London Studio Centre’s very own alumna Ellen Kane is currently working in the states as Co-Choreographer on the Olivier-and-Tony-Award-nominated Groundhog Day The Musical! Having opened at the Old Vic, London in 2016 where it received 8 Olivier Award nominations, the show moved to Broadway earlier this year where it has since received 7 Tony Award nominations. Among these are both the Olivier and Tony Award nominations for Best Choreography (which Ellen was nominated for alongside her colleague Peter Darling).

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The cast in rehearsal at 3 Mills Studios

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The cast in rehearsal at 3 Mills Studios

After graduating from London Studio Centre where she took the contemporary dance pathway and toured with INTOTO Dance, Ellen Kane has gone on to have a hugely successful career. In 1999 she became a founder member of the Henri Oguike Dance Company and later joined and toured with the esteemed Richard Alston Company. She then went on to work on various West End, Broadway and international musicals. Her choreography credits include stage hits such as The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Sister Act (London Palladium), Billy Elliot (West End/Australia/Chicago/Holland), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane),Matilda (Stratford/West End/Broadway/US tour/Australia) and most recently, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playbill Theatre).

Based on the hit 1993 film starring Bill Murray, Groundhog Day reunites much of the same team that worked on the smash-hit Matilda The Musical including director Matthew Warchus, Tim Minchin providing music and lyrics, set designer Rob Howell, and choreographers Peter Darling and Ellen Kane. Written by Danny Rubin (who co-wrote the original screenplay), Groundhog Day follows jaded weatherman Phil Connors and his visit to a small Philadelphia town to report on the annual Groundhog Day festivities. However, Connors soon finds himself trapped in a literal time-loop, forced to live the same day over and over again. As a result, the show is an exploration of philosophical themes such as self-improvement, fate, death and love as well as being an entertaining and light-hearted musical. 

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Andy Karl (playing leading role Phil Connors) and the cast of Groundhog Day

 Groundhog Day is at the August Wilson Theatre, New York until 7th January 2018.

★★★★★ “a finely-tuned balance of Broadway-scale polish and an English-infused ironic pathos” – The Stage

★★★★★ “a magnificent work that sends everyone out into the night cheering - and just a little wiser.” – What’s On Stage

★★★★★ “fearless, fleet-footed and impressively cohesive… destined to be a smash hit” – Broadway World

★★★★ “a clever, eye-catching show” – The Guardian

“Much of the credit goes to… the whirling-dervish choreography of Peter Darling with Ellen Kane” – Entertainment Weekly

“The creators of “Matilda” have worked their magic all over again. And again.” – NBC New York

Photos by Manuel Harlan and Joan Marcus

Images Ballet Company Tour 2017

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Touring the UK. Book tickets now!

Date Theatre Box Office
Sat 13th May Merlin Theatre, Frome (7.30pm) 0137 346 5949
Thurs 18th May Farnham Maltings (7.30pm) 01252 745 444
Tue 23rd May Stamford Arts Centre (7.30pm) 01780 763 203
Wed 24thMay Hereward College, Coventry (Time TBC) 020 7520 2821
Tues 6th June artsdepot, North Finchley, London (7.30pm) 020 8369 5454
Thurs 8th June Burton and South Derbyshire College (3.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Tues 13th June
& Wed 14th
June
Lilian Baylis Studio, London (7.45pm) 020 7863 8000

Information correct as of 5th May 2017. Subject to alteration.


IMAGES BALLET COMPANY

Artistic Director: Jennifer Jackson

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IMAGES BALLET COMPANY presents four richly contrasting works by a company of talented dancers and musicians. With new music, beautiful costumes and full of vitality, this is classic ballet with a contemporary aesthetic.

Making her very first work for a ballet company, irreverent choreographer Liz Aggiss delves into ballet tales to find death and disaster. Ballet Ireland’s Morgann Runacre-Temple presents imaginatively surreal articulations of the dancer’s body. Extracts from the Prologue of Sleeping Beauty come alive with a new score for flute and viola by Tom Armstrong, after Tchaikovsky, which is played live. Matthew Hart explores love and loss deftly woven into Malcolm Arnold’s vibrant Concerto for Two Pianos (Three Hands). Together it is an evening of high quality entertainment and thought-provoking artistry.

IMAGES BALLET COMPANY (formerly Images of Dance) was created in 1991 under the Artistic Directorship of Margaret Barbieri and the guidance of Dame Alicia Markova. The company was founded to provide classical ballet dancers with invaluable performing experience and to bring all aspects of classical ballet to new and younger audiences. The Company was re-launched under its new title, Images Ballet Company, in September 2015 and is under the Artistic Direction of Jennifer Jackson. At the heart of the work is the explorations of ballet as a creative and collaborative artistic practice, including with live music. The company presents diverse programmes of new, innovative works, as well as revivals of the classical and romantic narrative ballets.

The tour enables the dancers to develop and sustain their roles in a professional ballet programme, culminating in a final London performance; which is attended by artistic directors, choreographers and industry professionals. The tour is also an opportunity for aspiring dancers and dance fans alike to witness some of the UK’s finest and rising choreographers’ work performed by talented young dancers. 

FORMER IMAGES BALLET COMPANY MEMBERS

Previous company members have gone on to have successful careers as dancers and choreographers, working with companies that include; The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, New Adventures, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet Ireland, K-Ballet Company (Japan), Norwegian National Ballet, Australian Ballet, The Israel Ballet, and Sarasota Ballet. Others have forged successful careers in the independent sector; teaching and commercial and project work.

For further information please visit www.imagesballetco.uk 

For all tour enquiries please contact Kyla Booth-Lucking, Tour & Company Manager on 07958 002207 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos by Benedict Johnson

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INTOTO Dance Tour 2017

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Touring the UK. Book tickets now!

Date Theatre Box Office
Wed 17th May The Capitol, Horsham (7.30pm) 01403 750220
Thurs 18th May John Fulton Hall, Eastborne (6.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Mon 22nd May Hereward College, Coventry (2.30pm) 020 7520 2821
Tue 23rd May Stratford-upon-Avon College, Warwickshire (3.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Thurs 25th May artsdepot, North Finchley, London (7.30pm) 020 8369 5454
Fri 9th June LeSoCo, London (2.00pm) 020 7520 2821
Tues 13th June
& Wed 14th
June
The Place, London (8.00pm) 020 7121 1100

Information correct as of 28th April 2017. Subject to alteration.


INTOTO DANCE

Artistic Director: Sue Booker

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INTOTO DANCE is proud to present a programme of stimulating and entertaining dance and dance theatre, reflecting the eclecticism of contemporary dance today.

“The company had a captivating performance quality and great presence. The varied repertoire showed off the diverse technical ability. A very enjoyable evening of dance!” – Jane Woolley, dance practitioner for Rambert

In its 25-year history, INTOTO DANCE has been committed to supporting emerging choreographers, as well as commissioning work from established figures in the world of contemporary dance and dance theatre. INTOTO presents excitingly diverse programmes, performed by talented undergraduate dancers from London Studio Centre, one of the country’s most prestigious performing arts colleges.

For 2017, expect dance theatre from the rising talent of Wayne Parsons, enjoy the unique physicality of Joseph Toonga and savour the creation of GSCE syllabus choreographer James Cousins.

An evening of fresh, dynamic and theatrical dance – not to be missed!

FORMER INTOTO DANCE COMPANY MEMBERS

INTOTO DANCE celebrates a breadth of careers upon graduation and beyond. The experience of working with the company facilitates and inspires graduates to go on to successful careers as artists, practitioners and dance leaders in the UK and overseas. Some go on to perform with national companies including Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Mark Bruce Company, Michael Clark Company, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Punchdrunk and Yorke Dance Project. Many found their own companies, such as Olivier and Critics Circle Award nominee Clemmie Sveaas (New Movement Collective), Anna-Lise Marie Hearn (Anna-Lise Marie Dance), Lucy Ridley and Lauren Bridle (The People Pile), Heidi Rustgaard (H2 Dance) and Luke Brown (Luke Brown Dance). Many former company members are performing in the West End, in high profile productions for English National Opera and The Royal Opera and appearing in films by the BBC and Channel 4. For some, their horizons are widened to successful careers as independent performers and choreographers or going on to work in arts management, teaching, working as producers, as associate choreographers in the West End or lecturing in Higher Education. The wide range of career paths demonstrates the high levels of technical excellence, creativity, passion and versatility that students develop as part of INTOTO DANCE. 

For further information please visit www.intotodanceco.uk

For all tour enquiries please contact Kyla Booth-Lucking, Tour & Company Manager on 07958 002207 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos by Nicole Guarino

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Jazz Dance Company presents 'Dynasties: The Sands of Time' Tour

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Touring the UK. Book tickets now!

Date Theatre Box Office
Wed 7th June
The Capitol, Horsham (7:30pm) 01403 750 220 
Fri 9th June artsdepot, North Finchley, London (7:30pm) 020 8369 5454 
Tue 13th June Octagon Theatre, Yeovil (7:30pm) 01935 422 884 
Wed 14th June Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury (7:30pm) 01743 281 281 
Wed 21st June The Brit School, Croydon (7pm) 0208 665 8617 
Tue 27th June Lighthouse Theatre, Poole (7:30pm) 01202 280 000 
Sat 1st July
Shaw Theatre, London (7:30) 0844 248 5075 

Information correct as of 5th June 2017. Subject to alteration.


JAZZ DANCE COMPANY presents 'DYNASTIES: THE SANDS OF TIME'

Artistic Director: Robbie O'Reilly

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Power, Greed, Corruption, Love, Deceit, Murder, Conflict and Passion.

Through the passage of time, powerful families and ancient civilisations have shaped history with their insatiable lust for power, wealth and complete control. Join the JAZZ DANCE COMPANY as they delve into the archives of the past to explore these great stories and iconic characters.

Pharaohs to Princes and Queens to Kings, Jazz Dance Company invite you to watch as they breathe new life into the past with their inspirational and talented dancers. These historical stories are told through many genres of theatre dance, including Commercial, Hip Hop, Jazz and Music Theatre, with choreography from leading choreographers of stage and screen. Come and enjoy a night of dance excellence for all the family. A fun, upbeat and exhilarating show!

JAZZ DANCE COMPANY’s ‘DYNASTIES: THE SANDS OF TIME’ tour features new choreography from today’s dance and theatre scene including, Kevan Allen (Jesus Christ Superstar, So You Think You Can Dance, Chess), Mandy Montanez (So You Think You Can Dance, Shoes), Paul Roberts (Strictly Come Dancing, Pixie Lott, Katy Perry, The X Factor) and Kenrick Sandy (Boy Blue Entertainment) crafted into a dance spectacular by the company’s director Robbie O’Reilly and musical director Chris Traves.

Formed in 1996 by one of Britain’s foremost colleges for the performing arts, London Studio Centre’s JAZZ DANCE COMPANY provides performing and touring experience for students and professional dancers undertaking the Jazz Theatre Dance Professional Option. Having trained in a wide variety of techniques, this final year of study is an exciting and challenging opportunity for the serious jazz dancer. Internationally-acclaimed director and choreographer Anthony van Laast acts as Course Consultant. 

FORMER JAZZ DANCE COMPANY MEMBERS

Previous company members have appeared in West End shows, dance companies, on television, in film and with recording artists including Aladdin, Carousel, CATS, The Book of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Chorus Line, Dirty Dancing, Wicked, Fosse, The Lion King, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Stomp, ZooNation, The X Factor, Wonder Woman, Black Eyed Peas, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue and Take That.

For further information please visit www.jazzdanceco.uk  

For all tour enquiries please contact Madeleine Wilson, Project Manager on 07881 785943 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos by Peter Teigen 

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