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Bradshaw strides into uncharted endeavours

Luke Bradshaw trained with London Studio Centre and after opting for the contemporary dance pathway. He graduated from INTOTO DANCE, in 2013.

"INTOTO DANCE was a great learning curve and experience. The structure of each day is exactly that of a professional dance company; class in the morning and then into rehearsal for the rest of the day. It helps build the staying power and mindset needed to suceed as a professional dancer. Also when in INTOTO DANCE the working relationships with the leaders of the company developed from that of a student and teacher, to dancer and artistic director; this prepared me for professional life and allowed me to hit the ground running." LUKE BRADSHAW

LukeBradshawAbove: 5 SOLDIERS promotional tour image, Luke Bradshaw, centre.                                                                                                                                     

After LSC Luke went onto dance with various dance companies including The Burklyn Ballet Theatre and Kim Robard's Dance Company, in America. When returning to London he also worked with James Wilton Dance and Jorge Crecis. Luke has had sucess dancing for Citrus Arts, a contemporary circus and theatre company based in Wales, where he began his training in the art of Corde Lisse. After touring with Terry Gilliam's production of the opera Benvenuto Cellini, he began dancing for Dam Van Huynh Dance Company. Most recently Luke can be found dancing in Rosie Kay's Company, who won best international dance company of the year award at the National Dance Awards 2015, in a production called 5 SOLDIERS.


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Rosie Kay Dance Company's latest production 5 SOLDIERS has been hailed as a five star, award-winning show, that promises to change the way you think about war forever. A moving, dramatic and unique work that looks at how the human body remains essential to war. The production has been awarded best dance production 2015 from the North East Theatre Guide and has been given an Arts and Health Special Commendation by the Royal Society for Public Health for the company's excellent contribution to arts and health practice. 

"5 SOLDIERS which, in it's humane, unsparing study of modern army life, has taken Kay's choreography, and dance as a whole, into radically uncharted territory." THE GUARDIAN

"Simply a five star must-see however you view the armed forced." BIRMINGHAM PRESS

"Deeply moving, relevant and so representative of how soldiers are. Arresting and disturbing." FORMER GREEN JACKET SOLDIER


We caught up with Luke recently and asked him what advice he could pass on to aspiring performers in the world of contemporary dance:

L: I would tell them to trust the guidance of their teachers and the outside perspective they have on you. The impact of this guidance from LSC has had a hugely positive impact on my career and filtered through into my life in many other ways too. I would also implore them to not take notes and criticisms too personally. If you have the job, the director/choreographer likes you already, everything from that point onwards is about working together to produce the best possible work. Always be open and show up ready to fully commit to the process of creation and rehearse with as much energy as you perform; and then you can react and deal with surprises as they come. 

What skills did LSC arm you with for the professional world?

L: The biggest skill LSC gave me is knowledge and the importance of prioritising attention to detail, you have to always be personally responsible for retaining choreography and correction for yourself while remembering to be musical. LSC also taught me a range of dance techniques, the variety instilled in me a flexible mindset and approach to dance. This has been invaluable in allowing me to work with the varied and interesting companies that I have so far. 

 

Luke is a fantastic example of our alumni who are conscientiously always striding to improve upon their skillset. He has further developed his passion for writing after being awarded a BA hons at LSC and has seen his work published in dance magazines Tanz and Dance Europe. Luke also works in his spare time as a Yoga teacher and as a class pianist for a variety of dance classes in London.

"All three years of LSC are a journey and so is the rehearsal process in a professional company. Be open to constantly grow and become the best dancer you can be, even if it is not in the direction you had originally imagined. Always be open to learning new skills as you never know where they will take you." LUKE BRADSHAW

Luke is currently on the Army of Scotland Tour of 5 SOLIDERS until the end of May, visiting Glasgow, Glencorse, Stirling, Inverness and Aberdeen. For more information how to book tickets to catch this must see production please click here.   

 

LSC takes America by storm

Performing arts students often aspire to achieve their dreams of dancing in the West End. Several LSC alumni are currently showing us why we should broaden our horizons to Broadway and beyond. 

ScarlettStrallenScarlett Strallen in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder; photography Joan Marcus 

Many of our alumni work far and wide across the world, including the dizzy heights of American theatre and Broadway. Scarlett Strallen, who has vast stage credits, first made her Broadway debut back in 2008, playing the title role of Mary Poppins after transferring from London. She has previously appeared in many other West End shows playing lead roles; including Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mavis in The Witches of Eastwick and Cassie in A Chorus Line. Scarlett has recently completed a run as Sibella in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway. Feeling quite at home now ‘over the pond’, this summer Scarlett is sure to make more waves in American theatre when she will be playing Mabel in the Barrington Stage Company's production of The Pirates of Penzance.

Another LSC alumni who is spreading her horizons wide is Rebecca Howell. Upon graduating, Rebecca joined the ensemble of UK tour Kiss Me, Kate, was a cast member in We Will Rock You and was in the original cast of the Wizard of Oz at the Palladium.  As her career has developed Rebecca has been able to progress her dance captain skills and began working more and more as an assistant to choreographers as well as a choreographer in her own right. She has now worked extensively across the industry for film and theatre, West End and UK tours. Some of her work includes; Tommy (Peter Frosdick Productions); Blockbuster (UK Tour); Falstaff (Royal Opera House) and Jest End (Jermyn Street, Players Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre). Some of her associate Choreographer theatre credits include Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factory and West End; Associate to Lynne Page); Oh What a Lovely War (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Viva Forever (Associate to Lynne Page; West End); Billy Elliot (Tap Tutor, West End) and Little Shop of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End). Most recently Rebecca has seen her work on American Psycho, as associate Choreographer to Lynne Page, successfully transfer from London to the Almeida Theatre, Broadway. 

 

American Psycho the Musical, on Broadway (Choreographed by Lynne Page, assistant Choreography by Rebecca Howell) 

“I love working both sides of the Atlantic. Broadway really is a magical place. You idolise it so much as kid, & the bright lights don't disappoint. But it hasn't been intimidating as I thought it may have been. I've always felt that the West End has been regarded as second rate compared to NY, but I didn't find that to be the case at all. The talent is just different, and both great in their own rights”

-Rebecca Howell

 

Simeon Weedall is a percussive tap dancer who trained at London Studio Centre and graduated with the Vic Ray Tap Award. He has appeared in Chicago (tour and West End), played the lead tapper in Magic of the Dance (international tour) and was lead tapper for the Liam O’Connor Show (international tour). Simeon has also successfully choreographed, produced and appeared in his own tap company About Time (which toured the UK, before a stint on the West End) and he also co-created and produced Percussive Feet at the Brighton Festival and Pleasance Theatre London. These days you can find Simeon as dance captain; leading Stomp on a U.S Tour onto their residency in New York later this year.

SimeonWeedalOn the left: Simeon Weedall, in STOMP (American Tour) 

“ It's always good to remember where you started in life and I will never forget London Studio Centre and how my time there helped me move forwards and grow in the right direction. I will never forget the opportunities and encouragement everybody gave to me while I was there and the continued support you gave to me after I left”

Simeon Weedall

 

To all our alumni working in exciting ventures across the world, we wish you the best of luck from everyone at London Studio Centre.

BalletBoyz Masterclass for LSC students

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This term students will have the exciting opportunity of receiving a Masterclass ran by the critically acclaimed BalletBoyz. Students are looking forward to the company visiting London Studio Centre on the run up to their performance at artsdepot on May 11th 2016. 

Originally founded in 2001 by Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, both ex-Principal dancers for The Royal Ballet Company, BalletBoyz is renowned for working innovatively with choreographers, designers and dancers. In 2010 they began a mentoring system, coaching young male dancers to a high standard to be able to progress into the company. With this system of training the company has gone from strength to strength; winning multiple awards. 

Michael Nunn, Billy Trevitt and Kerry Whelan (BalletBoyz Executive Director) have also recently become Artitstic Directors at bbodance, formally known as the British Ballet Organisation. Our own Director and CEO of London Studio Centre, Nic Espinosa is the Chairman of bbodance and is closely involved in the day to day running of the Organisation. 

While London Studio Centre has always maintained strong and current links to the wider performing arts industry, we look forward to continuing this close relationship with the BalletBoyz in the future. 

For more information about the BalletBoyz 2016 tour, please click here

 

 

Adelle Young: A catch up with LSC alumni

Adele Young appearing on Chicago the Musical iconic poster (photo credit: Simon Turtle)Adelle Young in iconic Chicago the Musical poster (picture credit: Simon Turtle) 

London Studio Centre is always proud to see its alumni working in all areas of the performing arts industry - from performing and choreography, to becoming artistic directors and founding their own businesses. We recently caught up with graduate Adelle Young to hear how her career moved from performing to running her own successful company. 

Adelle graduated from LSC in 2004 and embarked on a successful performing career, including understudying and playing Roxie in the West End's Chicago (as well as playing swing and assistant dance captain). Adele also performed in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Cats (international tour), in the film X-Men: First Class and in commercial work including music videos for Kylie Minogue. Adelle also became the international face of Chicago when she was featured on the iconic poster for the West End production.

After five years in Chicago, Adelle began teaching and organising workshops, leading to the launch of West End Wendies, a performing arts school. AM Kids Agency was later established to provide opportunities and guidance to the future generation of performers. "Reputation is key to success and I offer all my young clients my time, dedication and knowledge taken from my years at LSC", Adele explained. This legacy to the industry is something that she shares with many other alumni. "LSC graduates continue to work in the industry long after graduation and many of my fellow graduates are now producers, choreographers, casting directors or teachers and continue to influence performance in numerous ways".

"LSC allowed me to be an individual and kept me grounded. The college equipped me with the essential skills to perform at the highest level with a strong inderstanding of technique; eight shows a week can only be achieved through a solid training", said Adelle. "LSC took my raw talent and molded it through a true understanding of performance. Through ballet I learnt the importance of strength, through anatomy I explored dance injury and through technical jazz I learnt to follow direction- performing the choreography as the choreographer sees it and not just as I interpret it". LSC's training gave Adelle the skills not only to be a star performer, but a successful businesswoman also, "LSC taught me that the 'devil is in the detail'. You have to be one step ahead of your competition, grasp every opportunity, fully understand your USP and shout about it, LSC made me the performer I was but gave me the entrepreneurial outlook I have now".  

Adelle is not alone in making the transition from performing career into arts management, as graduates use the breadth of skills from training to become successfull entrepreneurs and managers. LSC graduate Chantal Spiteri now works as Managing Director and Producer for ZooNation Dance Company, overseeing all aspects of the company from performances to education and outreach work, to ZooNation's agency. Also in a dance management role is Lucy Bayliss, who graduated as a member of INTOTO Dance and now works as Head Creative Programmes and Dance East in Ipswich.

Many other alumni have also taken the performance and choreography skills learned at LSC and established their own dance companies and acts. As part of LSC's Professional Development and Careers Guidance series, students recently heard from LSC graduate Emily Evans. As one half of The Twin Swing, a vintage dance act, Emily spoke about the importance of business savvy skills alongside performing abilities.

As many performers continue to persue portfolio careers, the range of skills gained through LSC's full-time courses has become an increasingly important aspect of our training. Nic Espinosa, Director of London Studio Centre, explained: "As the requirements of the dance profession have shifted over recent years, dancers more than ever need this versatility and entrepreneurial spirit. The success of our training is proven by our alumni's achievements not just in performance, but beyond, into careers that can transition and achieve lasting success in the theatrical profession".        

Artsdepot Awarded Independent Cultural Venue of the Year

artsdepot has been awarded Independent Cultural Venue of the year at the inaugural Dot Small Business Awards 2015.


  

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Not only home to London Studio Centre, artsdepot boasts a 395-seat theatre, 148-seat studio theatre, art gallery, atrium and workshop spaces. It's artistic programme includes theatre, dance, music, comedy, circus and spoken word. London Studio Centre students and staff are thrilled to be part of artsdepot's unique and thriving community space. 

Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive of artsdepot said "artsdepot has been on an incredible journey in the past few years, transforming from a venue nearing closure to a buzzing cultureal hub enjoyed by all sections of the community. We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Independent Cultural Venue of the year in the DOT London Small Business Awards, and to be recognized amongst such an inspiring and innovative group of businessess."

The awards were created by Dot London, the capital's unique domain name, to celebrate the success of London's most outstanding small businessess. The nominees were narrowed down by a distinguished panel of judges that included some of London's most successful businesses, such as LEON, Brompton Bikes and Made.com. The winners of the 12 categories were then decided by public vote through www.awards.london. artsdepot received £1000, one-to-one mentoring, and a free Dot London domain name for a year.

A well deserved win! London Studio Centre would like to send a massive congratulations to our friends and colleagues at artsdepot and we look forward to continuing our proud partnership in the future.