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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!

Congratulations to LSC Class of 2018!!!!

Saturday 14th July was an extremely busy day in the LSC calendar!

Saturday the 14th of July was an incredible day for LSC. For the whole weekend we took over New Wimbledon Theatre and on Saturday, not only did our first and second years perform two of the 4 Dance Overture performances, our third years also had their graduation ceremony!!

Leading the festivities was director of the college, Nic Espinosa along with Guest of Honour Mark Baldwin who presented the graduates with their certificates.

Having served as artistic director of Rambert Dance Company for 15 years Mark is also on the board of governors and a patron of London Studio Centre.  

As well as presenting each student with their certificates, Mark also presented the annual student awards and wished all graduates the best of luck for the future.

  Award   Recipient
  Most Outstanding Performance in INTOTO Dance Melanie Little
  Peter Brinson Award for Achievement in Contemporary Dance  Hannah White
  Lia Williams Cup for Most Outstanding Performance in Seedtime

Jake Lynch &

Virginia Sutton

  Sheila O’Neill Award for Achievement in Music Theatre and Dance Ellie Tanfield
  Most Outstanding Performance in Images Ballet Company  Demi Aldred
  Founders Cup for Achievement in Classical Ballet  Anna Heery
  Most Outstanding Performance in Jazz Dance Company Robyn Casey
  Gillian Lynne Award for Achievement in Jazz Dance  Lara Hunt
  Vic Ray Shield for Achievement in Tap Dance  Katie White
  Espinosa Award for the Most Accomplished Student of the Year Alice Ellewood
  Hilda Coleman Trophy for the Most Progress Achieved Over Their
  Time at LSC

Lawrence Jefferies &

Nicola Ladner

Dance Overture was again a huge success this year. Developed and rehearsed in just 5 weeks our first and second year treated audience to an exuberant display of jazz dance, ballet, contemporary dance, and music theatre. Students worked with industry professionals including LSC alumni creating a fantastic and exciting performance made up of 27 different pieces.

All in all, it was an incredibly special weekend and everyone here at LSC revelled in the chance to celebrate the fantastic achievements of every single student. We wish our students a wonderful summer and look forward to welcoming them back, along with our new intake, in September. We also wish the best of luck to our new graduates and hope to see them very soon! 

LSC Awarded Gold TEF Rating!

Gold in our Ruby Year!

London Studio Centre are proud to announce that we have received a Gold rating from the Teaching Excellence and Students Outcomes Framework (TEF) award from the Office for Students. With our new Gold award we join a selective group of 72 prestigious universities or colleges in the UK offering excellence in further education including; The University of Cambridge, The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

TEF is a government scheme created to recognise and reward excellence in teaching and learning in higher education. To assess each institution the panel review data from National Student Survey, Destination of Leavers of HE survey, Higher Education Statistics Agency information and more.

To be awarded a gold rating, LSC has delivered “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students” and be of “the highest quality found in the UK”. For our 2018 rating the Office for Students noted that “that students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes” and that LSC graduates have “exceptionally high” employment rates and student satisfaction rates.

Having achieved the silver award last year with limited data and metrics, LSC are thrilled that our teaching is being recognised so highly. College director, Nic Espinosa commented, “we are absolutely delighted to be awarded gold in the latest government ranking for higher education providers. I believe it is a fitting recognition of the commitment both staff and students have to the core values at London Studio Centre”

The report summarised the following;

  • the high levels of contact time, including personalised provision and individual support, with associated levels of engagement and active commitment to learning and study from students
  • the ethos of ensuring student engagement and valuing the student voice in its programme design and quality assurance processes
  • access to professional facilities that are actively and consistently used by students to enhance learning
  • the engagement of students with developments from the forefront of the field of practice research.

To see the full report click here.

MOVE IT 2018 is here!

MOVE IT 2018 is finally here and London Studio Centre will be exhibiting at the event from Friday 16 - Sunday 18 March, at ExCeL London.

MOVE IT is the UK’s biggest annual dance event, celebrating all forms of dance and the performing arts and bringing together dance schools, dance enthusiasts, professionals and iconic performers from across the UK and around the world.

LSC staff and students will be on hand to answer questions about our range of courses, the audition process and insights into day-to-day life at LSC.

We'll also have a range of dance classes in our very own studio (now sold out) and our Performance Team will be performing on the mainstage on the Saturday between 1.30 - 2.10pm.

Leanne coverLeanne Groutage (front) and the Face of MOVE IT squad.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Leanne Groutage, an LSC alumna who is one of this year's faces of MOVE IT 2018!  Leanne graduated from London Studio Centre in 2013, having performed with the 3rd Year music theatre company, Seedtime. Since then she has performed in Starlight Express (Germany) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (UK Tour) and was recently the dance captain for Top Hat at the Gatehouse which received the Offie for Best Choreography/Movement! She will feature in a lot of the MOVE IT's marketing materials.

moveit2017 04LSC students in front of our giant screen at MOVE IT 2017. 

At last year's MOVE IT, we wowed attendees with our four Dance Films on our giant screen, showcasing 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.

Our new stand for this year is still a secret so you'll just have to come and see us to find out! See you there!

To book tickets for entry to Move It, visit the Move It 2018 website.

Gemma shows versatility in a variety of TV roles

Gemma Whelan is a renowned star of British drama and comedy, graduating from London Studio Centre in 2004, she has established herself an all rounded career on and off screen. Gemma is best known for playing the role of Yara Greyjoy in the drama TV series Game of Thrones yet also has a highly recognisable flare for her talents in comedy, as she was awarded the Funny Women variety award for stand-up comedy in 2010. She is now starring in a range of television programmes including the dark comedy-drama The End of the F**king World and the hit Netflix series, The Crown.

Gemma Funny Woman Award 2010Gemma winning the Funny Women award in 2010

After graduating from Middlesex University, Gemma undertook the One-Year Professional Diploma programme at London Studio Centre where she performed with the college’s music theatre company, Seedtime. She is now an established actress, however the programme provided Gemma with training in all disciplines of music theatre including dancing and singing. She even began her career as a member of the Beaux Belles dance troupe!

With her ability to adapt to different roles, Whelan established herself as an extremely diverse artist. She appeared in Hollywood films such as The Wolfman (2010) as well as a variety of roles in live theatre including One Man, Two Governors (UK Tour and West End) and Dark Vanilla Jungle (UK Tour, Soho Theatre). A review for the Telegraph described Whelan as giving ‘a tremendous performance, working hard to give both light and shade’. Gemma can even be heard as a voiceover for some well-known video games including Soul Sacrifice and Mass Effect Andromeda.

Gemma Dark Vanilla JungleGemma playing the role of Andrea in the play Dark Vanilla Jungle

But it is within television that Gemma has made the most impact. In 2012 she was cast as the fierce and powerful Yara Greyjoy in HBO’s award-winning fantasy-drama Game of Thrones. Yara began as supporting character for several years, but in last year’s series she became a central character featuring in all episodes.

Gemma Game of ThronesGemma as Yara Greyjoy in the TV series Game of Thrones

 

Last year, Gemma starred in the challenging role of Karen Matthews for the BBC’s stark drama The Moorside which received much praise from critics. She also played more comedic roles such as Kate Shakespeare in the BBC’s Upstart Crow as well as D.C. Eunice Noon in Channel 4 and Netflix’s The End of the F**king World.

Gemma End of the WorldGemma playing DC Eunice Noon in End of the F**king World

Gemma demonstrated her versatility again whilst appearing as Patricia Campbell in The Crown, Peter Morgan’s biopic of Queen Elizabeth II. This more sensitive role is a big contrast to the harsh armour-wearing character she’s best known for in Game of Thrones and is a true credit to Gemma’s versatility. Gemma really is the perfect illustration of the diverse and fantastic successes that come out of LSC. Who knows in what roles she could end up next!

Gemma The CrownGemma playing Patricia Campbell in The Crown on Netflix