Solange Urdang – Managing Director
Solange became Managing Director of Urdang in 2001. Having herself trained at the Academy she had a successful career as a dancer and singer in commercial entertainment, TV and pop video.
In 1994 she diversified into art, design and photography and also worked at the Academy in a variety of roles. Solange is responsible for the successful move to The Old Finsbury Town Hall and expansion into the Academy’s second premises, Urdang 2, echoing the achievements of her mother. She now focuses on ensuring Urdang maintains and grows its reputation as a leading international performing arts college, continuing its founding ethos and passion of breaking down cultural barriers.
Stephanie Pope ARAD (dip PDTC) – Principal
After graduating from Rambert Ballet School Stephanie performed as a classical ballet dancer as well as pursuing a successful West End and TV career. Having retired as a performer Stephanie gained her teaching qualification on the Professional Dancers Teachers Course from The Royal Academy of Dance. Following a position as resident ballet teacher at Bush Davies School she went to Hong Kong as Senior Ballet Mistress for the feeder school to the Hong Kong Ballet Company. On her return to England she joined the Urdang Academy as Head of Students and after Leonie Urdang’s death became Principal. Stephanie regularly lectures at the Royal Academy of Dance and the British Ballet Organisation on vocational teaching practice.
Craig Phillips – College Director
As College Director Craig is responsible for the administration and operational performance of Urdang. He joined Urdang in 1985 having had a long and successful professional career working with companies such as The Queensland Ballet, Northern Dance Theatre, Dublin City Ballet, Opera North and Glyndebourne Opera. He was Ballet Master for The Gothenburg Ballet, and guest Ballet Master for Queensland Ballet and Malmo Stadtsteater. A passion for choreography, which he shared with Urdang’s Founder, he has choreographed for many prestigious productions.
Paul Hack LSSM (Dip), TIDHA, MIFPA, MAR, Cert Ed (PA) – Associate Director
Paul first joined the Academy in 2003 following a prolific professional musical theatre performance career with credits both internationally and in the West End including ‘Fosse’, ‘Chicago’, ‘Oh! What A Night’ (performer and resident director), ‘Copacabana’, ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Go Hollywood’ and ‘42nd Street’. Paul acts as the Artistic Director for the Graduate Showcase and Summer Show and as a qualified massage therapist, reflexologist and aromatherapist, is one of Urdang’s Treatment Managers.