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FFS: F or F *males S ake

New Hip Hop Dance Theatre presented by LSC's Jazz Dance Company.

FFS: F or F *males S ake is a fantastic new piece of Hip Hop Dance Theatre which will be premiered at the Pentland Theatre in artsdepot on Wednesday 9th November and featuring London Studio Centre's Jazz Dance Company along side some special guests. 

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In a world where everything seems to be judged by what you put online, do you find yourself following the crowd? Liking, tweeting, snapchatting, taking a #selfie at every chance you get? Have you ever thought about the eyes watching you from afar? FFS creatively explores the many angles of how females are seen and how they choose to be seen through social media and life itself in a brand new piece of Hip Hop Theatre.

Carrie AnnThis new work has been created and directed by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. Carrie-Anne was one of the choreographers of Some Like it Hip Hop and is integral part of the ZooNation’s creative team, acting as Choreographer, Resident Director, Dance Captain as well as being an Ensemble member. Other credits include: Dance Star Party; Sony- Dance Game PS3 (Choreographer), Blaze: The Street Dance Sensation; UK & European Tour (Resident Director, Ensemble), Streetdance 3D (Performer & Assistant Choreographer to Kate Prince)/ Into The Hoods, a Hip Hop Fairytale – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Novello Theatre West End, Southbank Centre & Royal Festival Hall (Resident Director, Dance Captain, Ensemble and Swing).

Having trained in all genres of dance from ballet and contemporary to tap and Hip Hop, Carrie's own individual style has a great way of blending all the different elements together to create true Hip Hop Theatre fusion.

The Jazz Dance Company are very excited to be working on this new and exciting project with Carrie-Anne. Don't miss their premier performance next week, book tickets today by visiting artsdepot.co.uk!

Introducing Ben Duke, Course Consultant at LSC

We are delighted to welcome Ben Duke to the London Studio Centre as Course Consultant for the Contemporary Dance Professional Option and INTOTO Dance Company, providing a critical partnership for Course and Artistic Director Sue Booker. We are looking forward to having the support and encouragement from such an exciting industry professional helping expand and nourish the creative knowledge and practice of our contemporary dance students.

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 Photographer: Alicia Clark

Ben is Artistic Director and co-founder of Lost Dog Dance Company. The Company describes itself as a company “formed with the aim of creating work that is both theatre and dance…to create work in which dance is framed by stories and characters”. Their mission statement follows; “We began with an idea and we continue to wrestle with it, to say what needs to be said and dance the rest”.  Ben won the 2016 National Dance Award for Best Male Performer for his role in the production Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) and the work was nominated for a Total Theatre award and a Sky Arts South Bank Award alongside Northern Ballet and The Royal Ballet.

As well as his work for Lost Dog, Ben has directed and choreographed works for other companies, including LSC's INTOTO Dance. In April 2016 he created Kin with the circus company Barely Methodical Troupe which premiered at the Roundhouse. He has made work for Scottish Dance Theatre (The Life and Times of Girl A), Dance Umbrella (The Difference Engine), Phoenix Dance Theatre (Pave up Paradise) and for several third year and post-graduate performing companies including EDge, Verve and INTOTO Dance, who he has created 3 works for. In 2017 Ben will be creating a new work for Rambert Dance Company. As a performer he has worked with Probe, Hofesh Shechter Company, The Gate Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, Glyndebourne Opera and Punchdrunk. Ben is currently a Work Place artist in association with The Place.

“I am delighted to be the course consultant for INTOTO. I have created 3 pieces for the company and with each group I have been struck by their versatility and creative openness. I look forward to contributing to INTOTO in this role and in supporting Sue and her assistant Leesa in their brilliant direction of the company.” – Ben Duke

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 

 

Some stills taken at the end of programme presentations:

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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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Top: Adam Lyons, Bottom: Callum Nicol

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.