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Summer Programme 2016

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This July and August we opened our doors to dance students from overseas and across the length and breadth of the UK. The students aged from 12 to 18, travelled to London Studio Centre to take one or more of our specialist short courses on offer this Summer. We pride ourselves on offering a series of insightful and enjoyable courses in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. These exciting and repertoire-based courses are all taught by our experience dance faculty and leading professionals within their field.

Each day on the Summer Programme included a ballet warm up, technique classes; tailored to the genre of the chosen course and culminated with workshops and repertoire classes where the students could really stretch their skills with professional choreography. As part of the Ballet Summer Programme students learnt repertoire from major classical ballets including Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, as well as works with a more neo-classical feel. Within the Contemporary Summer Programme, participants had repertoire workshops by the Mark Bruce Company and New Adventures Company. When choosing the Jazz and Musical Theatre option, students were taught repertoire from Wicked, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Matilda. And on our Hip Hop Summer Programme participants had Zoonation and X-Factor inspired workshops, from leading choreographer Nikki Trow.

At the end of each short course participants were able to produce an informal demonstration to show family and friends what they had been up to through the duration of the course. We were over the moon with the feedback received, the work ethos and attitude of all students was outstanding and as a consequence they were able to achieve a lot in such a short length of time. This fast-paced series of specialist courses for aspiring young performers and dance artists has energised and inspired us over the Summer Break and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

“I had the most amazing week. I learnt and achieved so much from your professional teachers in only five days which will help me in my future years”

 - Summer Programme student

“I enjoyed every single class, the quality of teaching was excellent and all of the staff were really helpful and welcoming. I loved the whole atmosphere at LSC and will be auditioning for next year’s entry.”

– Summer Programme Student.

“She has improved her technique and knowledge as well as having had a lot of fun. I was lucky to be able to come to the showing on the Friday afternoon and it was delightful to watch not only the high standard of dance but the enjoyment of all the students. Thank you again!”

– Parent of Summer Programme student 

 

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For more information on events and courses available at London Studio Centre throughout the year please visit our events calendar. 

Dokimi: empowering talent in the arts

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LSC alumni Cydney Uffindell-Phillips has had a successful career as a dancer, actress, choreographer and director, working on productions such as Cabaret, Wonder.land and The Wind in the Willows alongside other TV, film and commercial credits. She acknowledges herself; that having experience on and off screen has provided her with a broad knowledge of what the production team requires from the performers to efficiently achieve the client’s needs. Cydney is now putting this insight to pioneering new use, branching out and using her skills in a whole other area of the industry.

Dokimi is an online social network for those working in the artistic industry and is the brain child of Cydney. Pronounced as ‘Doo-Kee-Mee’, the network is described by its creator very simply as ‘Recommended Talent on the Scene’.  It allows professionals to connect and recommend other people for jobs and see who knows who in a safe and professional way. It provides an opportunity for people to put themselves forward for jobs that are posted, but also to recommend others, as well as searching for people with specific expertise. Dokimi‘s network boasts current members that include Directors, Casting Directors, Choreographers, Performers, Musicians, Producers, Screen and Stage crew, Writers and Photographers.

Cydney noticed that the value of an individual is hard to determine from a credit on a CV. And created Dokimi to allow its members to establish trustworthy working relationships by filling in the gaps on a CV through word of mouth recommendation and network connections.

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The Dokimi Aim is simple but effective:

“It is our mission is to empower valued talent in the arts and entertainment industry by connecting members through recommendations. The Dokimi Network strives to encourage diversity in the arts by introducing a new way to identify talent, and by broadening the current field of vision. We aim to provide a platform that can help launch new talent, as well as extending the opportunities available to established talent, at an accessible cost.”

We wish Cydney and the team behind Dokimi the best success, it is great to see our alumni utalising their skills to help further diversify and support the industry in such a positive way and from the reviews below we are sure the start-up network will go from strength to strength.

"The Dokimi Network has allowed me to access an instant and reliable database ofmulti-skilled professionals in the industry" - (Emma Brunton: Assistant Director & Choreographer)

"Finally a network of talents where people skills and personality are equally valued as craft and technique, and where you can trust that each individual comes highly recommended from fellow artists. Found some true gems on Dokimi" - (Marie: Assistant Director)

"Finally someone had the balls to create something the industry has needed for a long time, and they've done so with integrity, which makes it that much rarer and invaluable" - (Christie Lee Manning: UnCorked Theatre)

 

Priscilla returns to New Zealand

Celebrating its 10th anniversary and following on from its recent successful UK tour, Priscilla Queen of the Desert will be taking a trip to New Zealand this autumn, opening at the Civic Theatre in Auckland on 14th October. There for a limited time only; fans have been urged to sign up to the waiting list to avoid disappointment as the show sold out in record breaking time on its last visit to Auckland in 2008. The most successful Australian musical of all time, with 17 international productions, including West End and Broadway has already been seen by over 5 million people and continues to be a success across the world.

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Heading out to New Zealand with the international touring cast are LSC alumni Adam Lyons and Callum Nicol. We caught up with Adam, who has just finished the Pricilla UK tour along side LSC alumni Robin Mills and James-Paul McAllister, to find out how he is finding his touring experience so far:

What are you enjoying the most about being part of the Priscilla cast?

Adam: Being a part of Priscilla is like Christmas every single day. The fun doesn't stop. The cast and crew make it a dream to work on as everybody is so lovely, passionate and we all want to be there doing what we love night after night. I am loving tour life and being in a different place each week and seeing the world. Travelling and performing is what I live for. I have such a passion for the show and I love how we never fail to receive a standing ovation, it really is over whelming. We are spreading such beautiful messages to audiences across the globe and I feel such a sense of love for the LGBT community.

What skills did you have from your training at LSC that has helped you with your role and touring life?

A: I most definitely had the self-discipline required to tour and maintain a strong performance 8 shows a week. LSC truly taught me how demanding it is and how important it is to look after your body. If you can conquer a weekly schedule at LSC then you are on your way to managing 8 shows a week for sure.

What advice do you have for performing arts students following in your footsteps?

A: The advice I always give for anybody wanting to pursue a career in the arts is to always stay true to themselves and never forget the passion and strive you have in you in order for you to want to do this. Times can get tough but when you love your job, the rewards are so fulfilling. Work hard, push yourself, keep your goals in sight every single day and open your mind to what you want in life and put it out in the universe. You are capable of great things. Be a nice person, work hard, share your talents and put smiles on people’s faces around the world doing what you do best. It is a beautiful thing to share your art. When you go in to college every day you should have nothing but positivity to spread around the building, rid any negative vibes. When times get tough in class, always go back to the root of why you are doing this. Never be afraid of rejection because everything will happen how it should and when it should. You have to learn to deal with it and not let it get you down. Constantly push push push!

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Adam (third from right) Robin Mills (far right), in rehearsals with Duncan James as part of the Priscilla UK tour. 

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Production shot from Priscilla Uk tour, Robin Mills (far left), James-Paul McAllister (second from left), Adam (far right) as part of the ensemble in the Priscilla UK tour. 

The Cohan Collective 2016

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The Cohan Collective is back again for another year of creative development with more LSC artists taking part. Cohan Collective offers artists a rare opportunity to collaborate, experiment and create. This two-week residency brings together composers, choreographers, dancers and musicians and allows them to explore their working methods in a supportive environment alongside peers and mentors. In 2015; Yorke Dance Project, which is founded and directed by LSC alumni Yolande Yorke-Edgell, worked with choreographer Robert Cohan and composer Eleanor Alberga on the pilot of the project. It offered choreographers Jonathan Goddard, Phil Sanger and Charlotte Edmonds, and composers Rolf Hind, Donna McKevitt and Andy Kyte the opportunity to be mentored through this uniquely supportive project. Professional dancers and recent graduates also gained valuable experience working with a range of artists in an environment of reciprocal learning. Supported by LSC’s validating body, Middlesex University, the Cohan Collective is set to become a well-established platform for emerging artists as it’s reputation grows. This year Robert Cohan and Eleanor Alberga will direct the residency whilst choreographer Kim Brandstrup and composer Gary Carpenter will take on the role of mentors. LSC alumni Michael Naylor will be participating as a choreographer along side other LSC alumni Edd Mitton, Amy Thake and Ben Warbis who are dancers in this year’s workshop.  

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 For more information about the Cohan Collective please click here.

Wicked International Tour

Last week Wicked began its worldwide journey that will span from now, until 2018. The international touring cast kick started their travels by first visiting the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford, which is the only UK city to host the musical outside London in 2016. The show will stay in England for 5 weeks only ahead of opening in Singapore on 29th September 2016, before traveling on to Hong Kong and Manila.

Many of our alumni have previously danced in the West End and UK tour cast of Wicked. This year; setting off with the new international production is James Davies-Williams (Ensemble) Tom Mather (Ensemble) Paul Saunders (Swing /Dance Captain) and Hannah Toy (Dance Supervisor). 

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Top row: Left: James William Davies, Right: Tom Mather. Bottom row: Left: Paul Saunders, Right: Hannah Toy


We caught up with James, to see how he was finding the experience so far:

What are you enjoying the most about being part of the Wicked cast?

J: Wicked has always been my favourite musical. I remember seeing it ten years ago and wanting to be in it so badly! It's just a dream come true that I have been able to fulfill that dream and I feel I have to pinch myself everyday! Working on such a huge show is so great and to be a part of the massive family of Wicked is everything and more I could of ever have imagined.

What skills did you have from your training at LSC that has helped you with your role?

J: London Studio Centre has set me up so well for Wicked. The show has very stylised choreography and every move is so specific, I feel that my jazz lessons at studios have taught me how to pay close attention to detail and to pick up on the dynamic movement of the choreography.

What new skills did you need to learn and develop while in Wicked?

J: I have learnt a lot about being a strong ensemble member and working as a team to create something so special. It is a demanding show and a lot of hard work but the reward you get performing in such an iconic musical is indescribable.

What advice do you have for performing arts students following in your footsteps?

J: My advice to students is to always keep going. However how many no's you receive; always walk away with your head held high. If you get cut from auditions or don't get the job after having a final audition, it isn't necessarily your downfall there are so many factors that add up to booking a job. Train hard, try your best, smile and keep going! All the no's only make the yes' better!