Welcome to the Urdang Academy
Urdang offers exceptional vocational training in a vibrant centre of excellence right in the heart of London. A modern outlook, dynamic atmosphere and inspiring backdrop make the Academy an energising and contemporary place to study.
Incredible exposure to leading industry professionals keeps Urdang at the forefront of the industry. Our graduates thrive and are in constant demand for West End and International destinations, many of which are lead roles.
A high level of expectation and discipline is teamed with relevant support and advice, ensuring our students reach their full potential.
Urdang is the ultimate choice for developing highly diverse and rounded performers.
Urdang take you for your talent, they don’t take you on a certain look like the other colleges do. They are interested in your unique strengths rather than a clone expectation. That is why their ethos ‘everyone individual’ is so perfect – it is exactly the way it should be.
Dean Lee – Leading Creative & Choreographer, Graduate 2007
Ethos and Values
Urdang Academy was founded on Leonie Urdang’s vision to encourage individuality and diversity within the performing arts industry. This was a revolutionary ethos at the time and did not discriminate against appearance or circumstance.
These core values continue within Urdang today. Now with Solange Urdang at the helm since 2001, the Academy continues to thrive and is recognised as one of the UK’s finest performing arts colleges, accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training (UK) and awarded Grade 1 Outstanding across all areas in November 2015.
Urdang may have heart at the centre of its vision, but it has excellence as its goal. Demand for places is high and the competition is fierce. Support and advice is teamed with a high level of expectation and discipline, ensuring Urdang stays at the forefront of the industry. A modern outlook and vibrant atmosphere make the Academy an energising and contemporary place to study. Urdang aims to work with its students to unleash their potential and help them achieve their dreams.
Urdang continually reviews its provision. Aware of the latest industry trends together with a balance to address the needs of its students Urdang constantly looks at how it can best support both.
A unique track system has been specially developed for the diploma courses to allow students to specialise; choosing from a variety of vocational disciplines.
A new track system developed specifically for the degree, awarded by Anglia Ruskin, will allow students to elect their direction of study in the second and third years in line with their natural talent and likely destination, widening participation to those whose strengths lie in a particular area.
The course curriculum and teachers’ aim is to bring out what students could achieve, rather than what they can already do.
Seeing the industry in action provides constant inspiration and an invaluable insight to our students.
Students benefit from being taught by current industry practitioners and have regular master classes and workshops with leading industry names. Master classes have been led by Brian Friedman, Andrew Lippa and Tommy Franzen, among others. Students are also exposed to other professionals who use our Central London facilities. These include leading production companies who hire studios, when not being used for training, to hold professional castings and rehearsals.
Our Grade II Listed building is also popular for film and fashion shoots, TV productions and community events.