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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.



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 The winners of the 12 categories were then decided by public vote through 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.  

Annual Boys' Day returns on Saturday 30th April



Following the annual success of Boys' Day, we return again with a fantastic line up of FREE classes and workshops for boys of all abilities and interests. A great opportunity to visit our state-of-the-art facilities and get a feel for life as a full time students at London Studio Centre.

A selection of classes and workshops will be on offer in a range of dance styles taught by leading professionals and we welcome individuals as well as schools and dance groups. Whether you want to try a new dance technique, or progress in your favourite style, LSC's Boys' Day offers a free day of insightful dance classes and a wealth of tips and advice from the best in the business. Here's what our students from last year said:

"Exciting experience. Amazing!"

"It was a successful eye-opener and experience"

"The students are great role models, as well as the teaching being superb" 

Often perceived as a female dominated industry, Boys' Day encourages male participation in dance forms such as hip-hop, contemporary dance, musical theatre and ballet. Participants will be able to talk to LSC staff and students about dance training and professional careers, and see extracts from current student's work. An inspiring day for the male performers of tomorrow!

Here are some of our alumni testimonials:

"I wouldn't be as versatile as I am now if I hadn't gone to LSC" - Ryan-Lee Seager, LSC graduate (2012), West End performer and choreographer.

"LSC allowed me to follow my interests, nurtured me as a person, and left me with the tools and training of a standard I needed to forge a very exciting and varied career as a professional dancer" - Ed Mitton, LSC graduate (2007), contemporary dancer and choreographer.

"I enjoyed the freshness of teacher from the current industry who would keep you up to date on everything that happened in the outside world" - Ashley Nottingham, LSC graduate (2004), West End performer and choreographer.


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