We were delighted to hear news of two of our A Level Dance pupils winning places at prestigious Dance Schools.

Lucinda Lant – London Studio Centre

We speak to Lucinda Lant in Year 13 who was recently awarded a place on the degree course at London Studio Centre, where she will be studying their Musical Theatre pathway, to find out more about her passion for Dance and plans for the future.

What is it that makes Dance so special to you, and what’s your favourite style of dance?
Theatre makes me feel so alive and I strive to be involved in the Arts in any possible way. This offer fills me with anticipation for the next three years. I love the way that dance allows me to express myself and my individuality, and I adore exploring the huge range of dance styles and the endless possibilities of choreography. I’ve trained at Marian Lane School of Dance since the age of 3 in predominantly Ballet, Tap and Jazz, and there I not only developed my technique and performance skills, but the skills I need to survive in such a challenging industry. I am so grateful! I was also a Royal Ballet and Elmhurst associate from the age of 8, meaning the majority of my training was in Ballet. However, over time I’ve found my favourite style of dance is either Commercial or Contemporary, as I find those styles give me the most freedom and allow me to express myself the most. Ballet is crucial for any style however, as it builds up technique, and I don’t think I’d be as strong in other styles if it wasn’t for all of the incredible training I have had within the Classical Ballet field. I began my training in contemporary dance at Phoenix Academy NE in 2017, where I had the chance to work with so many industry professionals and was given numerous performance opportunities which enabled me to develop my performance skills even further.

What’s your favourite Dance performance memory?
My favourite performance has to be in Grease last year. Cha Cha has always been one of my dream roles and the experience was incredible. Grease is such a fun musical and the music is just so uplifting. I’m so relieved we managed to perform it before Covid-19 hit us all a month later!

Why did you choose your Dance school?
London Studio Centre has such impressive alumnae, including Zizi Strallen, Elizabeth Hurley, Tamzin Outhwaite and Jason Pennycooke, which drew my eye to the school. After further research I discovered that in my 3rd year I’ll get the chance to tour with a company too, which sounds like such a fantastic experience. I think this school in particular will nurture me as an individual, and embrace my unique qualities, in a way that other schools wouldn’t. They also pride themselves on having a huge amount of links with the industry and a clear focus on student welfare, which I think is very important as this industry can be so demanding at times! I also had many discussions with all of my incredible dance teachers, (who know the industry much better than I do). They all agreed that London Studio Centre is the best school for me as an individual, which is so important as each school offers something completely different. It is located near the West End, which means I’ll be able to experience a lot more theatre, which I think is key when training in musical theatre and will also enable me to support the Arts after such a difficult time of darkness.

What are you most looking forward to in the next stage of your Dance journey?
I’m most looking forward to meeting other young people who share the same passion and drive as I do, all working towards similar goals in such a brilliant atmosphere. I’m extremely excited to work daily with industry professionals, expanding my skills not only in styles I’m comfortable with, but also those I haven’t yet had the chance to explore.

What are your ambitions for the future?
The Arts industry is constantly evolving, hence why I find it so exciting. Musicals are being developed as we speak and, who knows, there may be a future role for me that hasn’t even been written yet! Out of all the many musicals that exist, I would love to be involved in Mary Poppins or Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The choreography in both of these productions is fascinating to me and it would be a dream to be involved in either. I also love acting and any opportunity to participate in acting for screen would be incredible.

Do you have any words of advice for younger NHSG pupils dreaming of becoming a professional Dancer?
Try not to let others affect you. The dance industry is competitive and being an individual is so important, so don’t shy away from being yourself. Not everybody’s going to love the way you are, but it’s better than blending in, I promise!

Georgia Morrow – Urdang Academy

Georgia Morrow was awarded a place on the degree course at Urdang Academy, also in London, where she will be studying BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Here are her thoughts on her future plans.

What is it that makes Dance so special to you, and what’s your favourite style of Dance?
I have been dancing and performing since the age of 3, and there is simply no better feeling then being up on stage in front of an admiring audience. The joy that I feel when dancing is something I just can’t put into words; therefore, it was probably one of the easiest choices I had to make when deciding what career I wanted to pursue. My favourite style of dance would have to be Musical Theatre Jazz. The choreographer Bob Fosse has always inspired me and watching some of his work such as Chicago has inspired my ambition to be in one of his Musicals.

What’s your favourite Dance performance memory?
My favourite performance memory would have to be when I performed at the Sunderland Empire. We were the first act in the second half; therefore, the curtain was down whilst we were on stage ready to perform. As the music began, the curtain started to rise and to see such a beautiful theatre full of people was a moment I will never forget.

Why did you choose your Dance school?
I chose to study at the Urdang Academy as it’s one of the UK’s most renowned conservatoires for training in professional Dance and Musical Theatre. It is based in the heart of London, home of the West End, and therefore full of exciting opportunities. Also, one of the academy’s key values is ‘Everyone, Individual’ which has stuck with me since reading it. I am so excited to be a part of a college with such an accepting ethos at its core.

What are you most looking forward to in the next stage of your Dance journey?
I can’t wait to start my professional training every day in specialist studios, taught by industry professionals who are still working in the art form. I’m really looking forward to moving to London and making new connections with like-minded people who enjoy the craft just as much as myself.

What are your ambitions for the future?
One of my biggest ambitions is to move to Paris to be a part of the Moulin Rouge cast, performing on the stage of the most famous cabaret in the world. For my 16th birthday, my Mum and I travelled to Paris for the weekend. We watched the production one night and I have been in awe ever since. The movement combined with the costumes was truly inspiring and something I’d love to involved with.

Do you have any words of advice for younger NHSG pupils dreaming of becoming a professional Dancer?
Always ask questions! Don’t be scared to ask anyone questions if you don’t quite understand something, even if they are older than you or you feel intimidated. Also, involve yourself as much as you can in activities relating to your craft to get your name out there. Even if someone doesn’t recognise your face, most likely they will remember your name and will be drawn towards you because of that. The Musical Theatre and Dance industry are relatively small, therefore the more connections you make early on in life, the easier it will be for you when you want to enter the industry professionally.

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