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Leanne Groutage: Face of MOVE IT 2018

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Leanne Groutage graduated from London Studio Centre in 2013, having performed with the 3rd Year music theatre company, Seedtime. Since then she has gone on to perform in Starlight Express (Germany) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour) and has just been announced as one of the faces of MOVE IT 2018!

Starlight Express 2016 Leanne Groutage BochumLeanne (second from left) as Joule in Starlight Express in Bochum, Germany.

Leanne seven bridesBottom: Leanne backstage at Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour).

MOVE IT is the UK’s biggest annual dance event, celebrating all forms of dance and the performing arts and bringing together dance schools, dance enthusiasts, professionals and iconic performers from across the UK and around the world.

Earlier this year, MOVE IT invited dancers from different backgrounds, disciplines and styles to apply to be the faces of the event. They received hundreds of applications but finally whittled them down to a squad of six dancers with a variety of skills and talents.

DT6 7121 copyLeanne (far right) and the Face of MOVE IT squad on a secret rooftop location. 

Leanne and the other five squad members were invited to a two-day photoshoot in a secret location in London to work with choreographer Natalia Barua and dance photographer Drew Tommons of Virtuoso Imaging. As the Face of MOVE IT, Leanne and the squad will be across all the marketing material for MOVE IT 2018, with their faces, moves and name being shared across the dance world.

21199706 10207640109879721 1261816080520009831 oLeanne leaping at the Face of MOVE IT 2018 photoshoot.

Leanne isn't the first LSC alumni to be a Face of MOVE IT. Back in 2013, André Fabian Francis was still in his second year of study when he was selected to be in the MOVE IT Lineup (as it was known then). André graduated in 2014 after touring with Jazz Dance Company and is currently in the ensemble for The Lion King in Hamburg, Germany.

Andre Fabian Francis in The Lion KingAndré Fabian Francis in the programme for The Lion King in Hamburg, Germany

As always, London Studio Centre will be at MOVE IT 2018 which takes place from Friday 16th – Sunday 18th March 2018 at ExCeL, London. In previous years we wowed attendees with our double-decker London bus and gigantic screen showing videos of our students and alumni in action. But our newest stand is still a secret! You’ll just have to come visit us at MOVE IT 2018 to find out for yourself!

London Studio Centre at MOVE IT 2016

moveit2017 04London Studio Centre at MOVE IT 2017