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APPLICANTS' OPEN DAY | FRIDAY 22 OCTOBER

Interested in joining LSC? Get a taste of the day-to-day LSC life with our Applicants' Open Day on Friday 22nd October!

Learn about the courses we have on offer, watch a range of classes in our in-house theatre and have any questions you have answered by a selection of our staff and current students.

Book your place now!

LSC at Move It 2019!!

Over the years Move It has grown into the biggest and best dance event for industry professionals across the dance and performing arts sectors to network, perform and celebrate their work, and London Studio Centre is once again a part of the action. From Friday 8th to Sunday 10th March this year, Move It returns to the Excel centre in London’s Docklands.

For several years LSC has reserved a stand at Move It, wowing the crowds with brilliant performances on the main stage, open dance classes from some of the best teachers and choreographers in the business, and a stand staffed by people who are experts on all things LSC. Want to know more about the courses we offer? Want to get tips on how to audition for a dance course? Want to try your hand at a Hip Hop class? For all these things and more, come and find London Studio Centre at Stand 155! Here’s a taster of what we’ve got planned:

Open classes led by LSC teachers including a Chicago workshop led by original London cast member Robbie O’Reilly (Artistic Director of LSC’s 3rd Year company JazzCo); a Jazz Dance session for young dancers run by LSC alumna and Head of our Saturday Associate Programme Cris Penfold; a Hip Hop workshop with Duwane Taylor (Buckness Personified); and a Music Video Commercial Dance session with Nikki Trow (X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Little Mix). To see the full list of classes we’re offering just follow THIS LINK and filter by location to the LSC Studio – you’ll be able to see London Studio Centre-run classes on the right hand side under ‘Company/Teacher’. To take part in any of the classes we’re running all you need to do is add them to your basket when ordering your Move It tickets online.

You’ll also be able to spot us on Move It’s Main Stage, with members of LSC’s Performance Team dancing pieces choreographed by Becki Howell (LSC alumna and Associate Choreographer to Lynne Page on such shows as My Fair Lady and American Psycho) and Kenrick Sandy MBE (the Olivier Award winning Pied Piper). Becki brings us Monocrat, a Jazz/Musical Theatre piece, which will be performed during the first slot on Friday 8th from 10.30-11.10am and Kenrick presents Contact, a Hip Hop piece which will be performed during the first slot on Sunday 10th from 10.30-11.10am.

And finally, LSC’s Director, Nic Espinosa, will be taking part in a Seminar entitled What are they looking for? Top Tips for Training Auditions. You’ll be able to join him in the Move It Pro Seminar Room on Friday 8th from 3.45pm. All the seminars are FREE to attend and open to all – check out the full seminar programme HERE.

Find Move It at:

ExCeL London 
Royal Victoria Dock 
1 Western Gateway 
London E16 1XL

Buy your tickets for Move It 2019 HERE and don’t forget to sign up to one (or more) of our dance classes to get the full LSC experience!

LSC Alumni Profile; André Francis

André graduated from London Studio Centre in 2014 after touring with our Jazz Dance Company. Since graduating he has gone on to have a wonderful career, currently performing as the Ribbon Boy in Wicked on the West End, working with other LSC alumni Hannah Toy and former Jazz Dance Company artistic director, Petra Siniawski; following performing for 3 years in Disney’s The Lion King in Hamburg Germany. André’s other credits include Ensemble (Cover Maurice) and Silks Artiste in Beauty and the Beast (Oxford Playhouse); Seaweed in Hairspray (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre); Featured Dancer, Singer and Dance Captain in Circus of Dreams (The Peacock Theatre); Vox Pops in Viva Forever (The Piccadilly Theatre)

As part of our Alumni Profiles André shared some words of advice

What is your Favourite memory from your time at LSC?

My favourite memory has to be our first contemporary class in Third Year as the 2013/2014 Jazz Dance Company; I had just that week returned from training at The Ailey School in New York. At the end of class my teacher Buddy calls me over and says to me "André it's clicked". Buddy is a man of few words, so this moment stands-out to me because I respected him as a teacher, an artist and a role model and he had noticed the growth I'd felt within myself.

Being taught by Denzil Bailey, Paul Liburd and Buddy Watkins during my time at LSC was inspiring. These 3 men of colour were more like me than any other members of staff and I just remember thinking: “If I can be half as successful as any of them, then I’ve achieved something great! Then it will be my turn to inspire the next generation, just like they inspired me!”. 

How do you feel your time at LSC prepared you for your career?

I was blessed to have some truly great teachers and lecturers who REALLY knew their craft and helped prepare me. Jane Sanig made me fall in love with ballet; Alison Desbois made me fall in love with Matt Mattox Technique; alongside Denzil (Ballet) Paul and Buddy (Contemporary: Graham Technique) who I've already mentioned.

 

I also must not forget lecturers like Julia Gleich, Mark Harris, Josephine Leask and Lise Uytterhoeven; who all reminded me that along with my practical talents, I was also incredibly academic & theoretically talented and could really use these as transitional skills to support my practical work and thus, my career. It was a privilege to be taught by and in turn inspired by all of them and this further supported my decision to leave second year early and go to New York and train at the renowned Ailey School before returning to complete my third year in order to obtain my degree.

If you could give one piece of advice to our graduates what would it be?

Join EQUITY, think long term, stay in contact with contacts and do what makes you happy! (That's 4 pieces of advice but they are all equally important)

What's one piece of advice you would give to current LSC students?

Blind them with your "strengths" while you're working on the things which maybe aren't where you want them to be or aren't where they need to be - this also applies to graduates!

LSC Alumni rock back into Bat Out of Hell for 2018

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LSC Alumni rock back into Bat Out of Hell for 2018

Jim Steinman’s hit musical Bat Out of Hell has returned to London’s West End. Based on the music of Meatloaf, Bat out of Hell is a loose adaptation of Peter Pan and Wendy, set in post-apocalyptic Manhattan, now called Obsidian. After winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical in 2017, and receiving 8 WhatsOnStage nominations this year, Bat out of Hell is currently booking at the Dominion Theatre, London until October 27th 2018.

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‘Enough electricity between the young lovers alone to blast the roof off this glorious theatre’. The Mail on Sunday

‘Loud, exhilarating and blows your socks off’. The Independent

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LSC Alumni are reprising their roles in Bat out of Hell having been members of the original cast last year.

Georgia Carling was on tour with Bat Out of Hell last year in the role of Valkyrie, and is thrilled to be returned to the show this April.

Georgia graduated from London Studio Centre in 2012, having been a member of Seedtime, our 3rd year music theatre company, winning the Dame Anna Neagle Award. Since graduating she has played the title role in the UK tour of Angelina Ballerina. Further credits include Hairspray (UK tour), Water Babies (The Leicester Curve theatre), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), and Beauty in Beauty and the Beast (Oxford Playhouse).

In 2017 LSC alumnus Isaac Edwards’ made his west end debut in Bat Out of Hell and he is currently in his second contract with the show. Since graduating

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Isaac has established a highly successful career, specifically developing his work in the commercial dance field.

Since graduating Isaac has performed as a featured dancer for the International Olympic Welcoming Committee at the London 2012 Olympics and has worked with renowned British hip hop dance company ZooNation, in their production of Groove on Down the Road (2014) and Into the Hoods London and UK tour (2016).

Michael Naylor

Michael Naylor graduated from London Studio Centre in 2013 as a part of the INTOTO Dance Company and has gone on to work as a creative choreographer and performer.

2017 marked Michael’s debut in choreographing for the West End working as Resident Choreographer for Bat Out of Hell. His Outstanding prior performance role as a featured dance and dance captain for the show enhanced the creativity he was able to give to his choreography.

Michael has danced on various renowned street/hip hop theatre shows, Blaze dance company’s international tour. He creates his own choreography in between his performing commitments and has established a unique contemporary/hip hop fusion vision to his work, showcasing a lot of this internationally.

Michael keeps close connections with LSC and choreographed Hapori for Dance Overture at the New Wimbledon Theatre in 2016.

Third Year Company Tours 2018

Third Year Company Tours

 

Every final year student becomes a member of one of London Studio Centre’s four performing companies – INTOTO Dance (contemporary dance), Images Ballet Company (classical ballet), The Jazz Dance Company (jazz theatre dance) and Seedtime (music theatre). Students work with industry professionals to create their productions, alongside an intense programme of training.

Images Ballet Company

Through May and June, Images Ballet Company 2018 toured their diverse programme of work.

Having specialised in classical ballet, the students in Images Ballet Company worked with a team of industry professionals including choreographers, musicians, producers and designers. The dancers performed 4 pieces choreographed by Morgann Runcare-Temple, Erico Montes, Hubert Essakow and Bim Malcomson and accompanied by live musicians, Tom Ellis and Elliot Perks.

The creative process of each work and its choreographer was arranged by Artistic Director Jennifer Jackson, to reflect the professional and collaborative attributes of ballet performances in the industry today.

Music was central to this year’s show each ballet growing from a unique creative process to display the versatility of ballet.

A review of their performance at Didcot, Oxfordshire can be found at:

https://oxforddancewriters.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/images-ballet-co-cornerstone-didcot-13th-june-maggie-watson-reviews/

 

INTOTO Dance Company

     INTOTO Dance 2018 comprised of 20 of our third year students on the contemporary pathway, delivered a stimulating and entertaining dance  performance, reflecting the eclecticism of contemporary dance today.

 Working with highly experienced choreographers Dam Van Huynh, Abi Mortimer, Anthony Missen and Nuno Campos.

 Dam founded his own company in 2008. His work is known for being distinctive and having a ‘deep interest in redefining the body and its movement   capability’. Dam described the students of INTOTO as ‘hard working and dedicated’ and thoroughly enjoyed the creative process.

Abi Mortimer, who collaborated with the students to create Out Of Empty Arms, founded the Lila Dance company, with her work being showcased at renowned venues including Sadler’s Wells.

Anthony Missen, co-artistic director of Chameleon commented how ‘It was a treat to be amongst such hungry, inquisitive and committed students’. INTOTO were also delighted to work LSC alumnus and former Henri Oguike contemporary dance member Nuno Campos to create As We Are.

 

 

Jazz Dance Company

 

The Jazz Dance Company took audiences on a journey through the ‘Decades’, a performance that captured the essence of changing eras through dance and music styles. Audiences described Jazz Dance Company Tour as ‘uplifting and inspiring’.

Their showcase delivered a range of dance styles including hip hop, commercial, tap, music theatre, lyrical jazz, contemporary and technical jazz reflecting the versatile jazz dance training undertaken by the students.

The company worked with renowned choreographers for the pieces on the tour including Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy MBE (Olivier Award winning ‘Pied Piper’), Nikki Trow (X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Little Mix), Anthony Whiteman (Mack and Mabel, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation), Matthew Cole (Footloose, Flashdance) and Carrie-Anne Ingrouille (Zoonation, Hamilton).

 

 

Seedtime Musical Theatre

 

This year’s Seedtime musical theatre company took to the Pleasance Theatre in June to showcase their rendition of Legally Blonde the Musical.

Audiences saw the transformation of young Elle Woods brought to life by our committed aspiring professionals, who delivered a highly entertaining and energetic run of shows.

Throughout their final year of professional training, Artistic Director of the company, Matthew Shaw, provides the students with opportunities to work with performers in the industry through west end style workshops and an agent week in which students can start learning how to prepare effectively for auditions in their future career.

Seedtime work with a team of industry professionals, in order to experience performing in a professional production.

 

Even though their tours are now complete, the hard work and success of our graduates is continuing. Many have signed with renowned agencies including Boland and Reeve, Becky Barrett Management, Russell Smith Associates, FLP Management and Cowley Knox and Guy; Images Ballet Company member Anna Heery has gained an apprentice contract with Ballet Theatre UK working on ballets including Swan Lake and a new version of Beauty and the Beast and many students have even begun professional contracts already!