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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

Jazz Tour Dancer

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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London Studio Centre Dance Films 2017

For 2017, London Studio Centre has produced four dance films to showcase the range of dance styles we teach at the college, the talents of our current students and alumni as well as the college's dance studios, theatres and award winning facilities in North Finchley.


LSC Hip Hop Film - 2017

Choreographed by LSC alumni Shaun Smith
Featuring students and alumni of London Studio Centre


LSC Contemporary Film - 2017

Choreographed by Kerry Nicholls
Featuring students and alumni of London Studio Centre


LSC Jazz Film - 2017

Choreographed by LSC alumni Rebecca Howell
Featuring students and alumni of London Studio Centre


LSC Ballet Film - 2017

Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins
Featuring students and alumni of London Studio Centre

LSC alumni star in Rambert's 'Ghost Dances' tour

Having already performed at Festival Theatre in Edinburgh last year, LSC alumni Juan Gil and Liam Francis are now starring in Rambert’s 2017 tour of Ghost Dances, Christopher Bruce’s revival of his 1981 classic.

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Above: Daniel Davidson, Liam Francis and Juan Gil as The Ghost Dancers - Photo © Chris Nash

Widely considered as one of the greatest contemporary dance pieces of its generation, Ghost Dances is an evocative tribute to the victims of political oppression in South America. The original 1981 performance came about when Bruce was contacted by Joan Jara whose husband Victor had been tortured and murdered during the 1973 Chilean coup d’etat. After hearing the harrowing accounts of individuals been taken away from their families, imprisoned, tortured and killed, Bruce choreographed Ghost Dances to highlight the plight of the innocent people of South America. However, despite the terrible circumstances which inspired the piece, Ghost Dances is as much a celebration of love, compassion and life as it is as a lament on death.

Thirty-six years on, due to much public demand, Christopher Bruce and Rambert have brought this poignant work back to the stage, with LSC graduates Juan Gil and Liam Francis cast alongside Daniel Davidson as the iconic trio of “Ghost Dancers”. Taking design inspiration from the Day of the Dead festival, the “Ghost Dancers” are mysterious skeletal figures with skull masks and long matted hair who perform indigenous dance moves driven by the bewitching rhythms of traditional Latin American songs.

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Above: Liam Francis, Daniel Davidson and Juan Gil as The Ghost Dancers

Graduating in 2011 and 2014 respectively, Juan and Liam took slightly different paths that led them each to Rambert. Juan toured with LSC's Images of Dance (recently re-launched as Images Ballet Company), where he was awarded the Bridget Espinosa Award for the most potential to succeed in Classical Ballet. After Graduation he moved to America to join Sarasota Ballet. Performing for five years in repertoire such as Frederick Ashton’s Monotones II and George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Juan rose to the rank of Junior Principal before returning to the UK in 2016 to join Rambert. Liam, on the other hand, had a more diverse background, performing with Hip Hop Dance Theatre Company ZooNation since 2009. In 2013 he became Resident Director and one of the choreographers for ZooNation Youth Company’s 2013 show Groove On Down The Road at the Southbank. However, his love for contemporary dance blossomed at LSC where he toured with the third-year contemporary dance company, INTOTO Dance, performing works by Ana Lujan Sanchez, Wayne Parsons and Dam Van Huynh. In 2014, after gaining a first class honours in his degree and the LSC award for most outstanding performance in INTOTO Dance, Liam began his journey with Rambert as an apprentice dancer.

Watch the video to see Juan, Liam and their co-star Daniel getting in to character.

With Ghost Dances being such an iconic piece with many contemporary dance role-models having previously performed in it, Liam says that “it’s such an honour […] to be given the opportunity and to be trusted to perform this work”.

The tour has already visited Hall for Cornwall and Theatre Royal, Nottingham, but will be visiting the following theatres soon:

Sadler’s Wells    -    London     -    Tue 16 – Sat 20 May 2017
The Lowry    -    Salford    -    Tue 28 – Sat 30 Sep 2017
Mayflower Theatre    -    Southampton    -    Tue 10 – Wed 11 Oct 2017
Theatre Royal    -    Norwich    -    Thu 19 – Fri 20 Oct 2017

Follow the link below for more information and to book tickets.

http://www.rambert.org.uk/performances/ghost-dances/

“Moving and spectacular” – Edinburgh Guide

“I don’t see how anybody can fail to be moved by Bruce’s poetic visions.” – The Independent

LSC girls touring with Broadway's classic 'Funny Girl'

Funny Girl was originally made memorable by Barbara Streisand in her break through lead role, Fanny Brice. Barbara notably released the single 'People' prior to opening, leaving audiences clambering to get tickets to see the show! The original production was nominated for eight Tony Awards and the cast recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004. Streisand went on to reprise her role in the 1966 West End production, as well as in the film adaptation of the musical which was released in 1968, and for which Barbara won high acclaim recieving the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best actress that year. 

Above: Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl at The Savoy Theatre last year

Following a sold-out revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015, Funny Girl returned to the West End in 2016, this time with actress Sheridan Smith in the starring role. More recently, due to high demand, the production is setting off on a national tour; taking in 22 cities across the UK. The tour has kick-started this week in Manchester with the cast and creatives featuring LSC alumni Rebecca Howell (Associate Choreographer), Abigail Honeywill (Swing) and Samantha Wingfield (Ensemble). 

Above: Rebecca Howell (left), Abigail Honeywill (middle) and Samantha Wingfield (right) 

Rebecca Howell has built up an array of choreographer and associate choreographer credits, working alongside choreographers such as Lynne Page. She has worked commercially for the likes of the Pet Shop Boys and Ellie Goulding as well as vastly in the theatre world on productions such as; An American Psycho, Oh! What a Lovely War, Viva Forever! and Billy Elliot to name a few. Abigail Honeywill has recently finished a run as ensemble in the revival of Grease at the Leicester Curve Theatre and toured last year with Guys and Dolls across the UK and internationally. Samantha Wingfield has just returned from Disneyland Paris after originating the role of Elsa in the Mickey and the Magician show at the Walt Disney Studios Park. Before that Samantha has worked internationally with Jean Ann Ryan productions as a lead singer. 

Above: Samantha in Mickey and the Magician at Walt Disney Studios Park 

We caught up with Samantha while the cast were rehearsing in London to see how excited she was to be part of the production:

LSC: What are you most looking forward to?

Samantha: This is actually my first job as a 'dancer'. I have been a singer in all of my other professional jobs so far so I am actually looking forward to dancing everyday! This is also my first UK tour so I can't wait to get on the road and perform to different types of audiences every week.

LSC: What skills did you have from your training at LSC that has helped you while auditioning for the role?

Samantha: I definately learnt a lot from Seedtime Music Theatre Company in 3rd year, especially on the singing element of the audition process. I actually sang one of the songs for the audition that I did in third year with Matthew Shaw (Artistic Director). This show has jazz, tap and pointe work in it and I think at LSC we were especially lucky to have tap classes every week throughout the three years as tap seems to be becoming more and more popular in current music theatre shows. 

LSC: What are you most enjoying about the rehearsal process?

Samantha: I am enjoying watching the show come together and seeing the team work together to create somthing great. It is amazing to watch them work. Rebecca Howell, who taught me at LSC, is our assistant choreographer on the production and is incredible. I am learning so much from the rehearsal process just by watching. 

LSC: How would you describe and LSC performer?

Samantha: It is nice, because where ever you go, whether that be in work or at auditions, there will always be someone from LSC. Sometimes you may not have known them during training but you already have that connection with them and it makes you feel at ease to know that there is someone else there. So I would say LSC performers are always friendly and we have each other's backs. 

LSC: What was the best thing about training at London Studio Centre?

Samantha: The best thing about training at LSC was definitely our 3rd year specialist Company experience. To be able to have workshops with West End performers every week was just amazing, and I have done many of the routines I did in 3rd year in auditions since graduating! Many of the people who would come in to teach were also LSC graduates and it is always comforting to know that there are graduates woking, to meet them and take advice from them as I think it keeps you motivated. It was also great to have agents come in and audition us. We were so lucky to have private auditions as not many colleges do and it really does help you kick start your career. The experiecne of performing in Dance Overture at The New Wimbledon Theatre is great for us as many professional productions perform there and it gives you a glimpse of what working professionally could be like. 

LSC: What advice do you have for performing arts students who would like to follow in your footsteps?

Samantha: My only advice is to keep going. It is a very hard industry to be in and you have to be focused on what you want. I would advise to watch as many shows as you can and keep active, even when you are not working as this will keep you motivated. And most of all enjoy it, enjoy every audition that you go to. You have to be prepared to be told no, as you will get more no's than you will yes' but it is worth all the sweat and tears, I promise!...All the best! 

Tickets are nearly sold out across the tour, so buy quickly if you want to catch our LSC girls in action.  

LSC alumni have the maddest hip hop skills

ZooNation has once again wowed audiences in London over the Winter season with their irresistible and unique style of narrative hip hop dance theatre. This time the Company took to stage at The Royal Opera House and Round House with their revived production of The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, with LSC alumni once again in leading roles. 

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Teneisha Bonner (Queen of Hearts), Rowen Hawkins (Tweedle Dum) and Kyla Lomas-Kirton (Alice), all trained at London Studio Centre and have danced regularly with ZooNation, in previous productions such as Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Betweenn them they have amassed an array of commercial dance experince working with artists such as, Rhianna, Alesha Dixon, Black Eyed Peas, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Cheryl Cole and Girls Aloud. Collectively theu have performed on TV programmes such as The Brit Awards, MOBOs, MTV Awards, Britain's Got Talent and on films such as Harry Potter and StreetDance 3D, while also working with hip hop dance company's such as Blue Boy Entertainment, Blaze Dance Group and dancing on the West End in Thriller Live.

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Above: Kayla Lomas-Kirton as Alice

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party puts a new twist on Lewis Carroll's children's classic 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', highlighting the weird and wonderful nature of Carroll's story, the show relocates the action to a psychiatric hospital. "True to form, Prince presents a narrative which (mostly) elevates hip hop beyond the realms of competitive battles and proving that this disciplined movement practice can embody genuine emotion in it's characters" (Rachel Nouchi, London Dance). The production is cleverly able to open discussions on mental health with wide audiences as the narrative creates depth to the dancer's characters giving them the opportunity to share real issues, the White Rabbit has OCD, Alice have body image troubles and Tweedle Dum and Dee have split personality disorder.

mad hatter 4Above: Alumni Teneisha Bonner as The Queen of Hearts

In addition to alumni on stage, Managing Director and Producer of the ZooNation, Chantal Spiteri also trained at LSC, so it is great to read all the reviews, see the success of the show and the impact the company is made in the world of Hip Hop Dance Theatre and narrative dance theatre combined. We are already looking forward to the next ZooNation production. Stay tuned into ZooNation.co.uk for updates of performances in 2017. 

"This is a company that is exciting to watch. They know how to communicate with an audience and generate joy even when some of the things they are saying have a dark side. The dancing is stunning" (Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide).