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London 2012 Olympics - One Year On!

It’s been a year since the Olympic and Paralympic games visited London and transformed the City, and a year since staff, students, graduates and friends of London Studio Centre were involved in making the games so memorable.

Named as the unsung heroes and heroines of the Olympic Games, volunteers from LSC took part in a range of roles, from performing in the Opening and Closing ceremonies to volunteering as games makers.

Lizzie Klotz, 2013 Graduate of LSC had this to say about the experience ‘On moving to London from Newcastle to study, I remember thinking how cool it would be to be one of the performers in the Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics, but it seemed like such a long shot. However, after 2 auditions and hundreds of hours of rehearsals, I was lucky enough to take part in the Opening Ceremony as a dancing NHS nurse. The whole experience has got to have been the most amazing and unforgettable event of my life so far. Definitely one to tell the grandchildren!’.

We are hugely proud of everyone that took part and realise that without everyone’s hard work the games would not have been possible. Below are just a few photos of LSC students and graduates from the event – Enjoy!

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Added 20-August-2013 14:55:00

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Seedtime Receives Rave Reviews

Congratulations to Seedtime who gave an absolutely outstanding performance of Parade at the Pleasance Theatre, London. The sold out show was well received by the audience, many of whom were West End agents and industry professionals including Arlene Phillips CBE, who gave Seedtime's performance a 10!

Many students from Seedtime have already secured work, including Josh Wyatt in the RSC West End production of Matilda, Leanne Groutage in the UK tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Lauren Dinse as a dancer for P&O Cruises, and Zara Breeze who is about to start rehearsals for Jean Ann Ryan Productions in Florida!

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Added 04-July-2013 08:00:00

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Standing Ovation for Intoto Dance

A huge congratulations to Intoto Dance on their 21st anniversary, with special thanks to Sue Booker and Leesa Phillips on another remarkable tour. The company ended their UK tour with an outstanding performance with full houses at The Place, London last month.

The company performed work choreographed by Jorge Crecis, Neville Campbell and Ben Duke. Students were met with a standing ovation at the end of the show from an absolutely delighted audience.

Intoto Dance Company member Anna-Lise Hearn will be performing this month at the Cloud Dance Festival, London. Her application received the highest ranking of all of this year’s festival's applications from the panel of judges. You can catch her work at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in July.

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Added 03-July-2013 08:00:00

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Tom Merrifield Summer Exhibition

Nic & Nikki visited Tom Merrifield, internationally acclaimed sculptor and long term LSC supporter, on his 80th Birthday.

Tom is holding his latest Summer Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture for 2 days only at 37 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, NW3 5JY on 23rd & 30th June. Come and see his amazing work if you can.  The exhibition is free of charge and many of his exceptional pieces are exclusively available to purchase at this event.

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Added 17-June-2013 10:00:00

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Stephen Mear attends Jazz Co show

The Jazz Dance Company's first night was a resounding success at artsdepot with almost a full house.  Stephen Mear, one of our most successful graduates, was one of the many guests in attendance, together with fellow graduates Mark Smith (who choreographed one of the numbers) and Damien Delaney.

Having just choreographed The Pajama Game in Chichester, Stephen was off to Milwaukee, USA the following day to choreograph Ragtime and then on to Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Amongst his many achievements, in 2005 Stephen Mear and co-choreographer Matthew Bourne won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Choreography, for their work on the West End musical Mary Poppins.  This production later transferred to Broadway in 2006, being nominated for the Tony Award for Best Choreography in 2007.  That same year, in recognition of his achievements, Stephen was the recipient of a Carl Alan Award, an award voted for by the leading dance organisations in the United Kingdom. He then went on to choreograph the new Broadway musical of Disney's The Little Mermaid.  In 2010, Stephen won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for his work on Hello Dolly at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.

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Added 14-June-2013 10:00:00

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