Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre or Professional Dance

Urdang Performers’ Diploma Course, leading to: Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre or Professional Dance

Diploma in professional musical theatre or professional danceUrdang Performers’ Diploma, delivered over three years, encompasses all aspects of the performing arts and looks to give students an excellent grounding in Singing, Dancing and Acting, alongside developing charisma, individuality and performance skill.

Validated by:

Trinity College London CDET-Established-Provider

Urdang Academy is accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training

Urdang Academy provides a supportive environment that fosters artistic, intellectual and personal development with all its students. The intense, rigorous and practical training is enhanced by contextual study that allows the student to understand historical, stylistic and professional aspects of the industry. This holistic approach prepares each student to embark on a successful and fulfilled life in the performing arts, with the ability to develop a long and varied career.  Students are being taught in classes no bigger than 16.

Year 1

Students arrive at Urdang with a wide range of experience so the first year is designed to consolidate and strengthen understanding of technique and develop awareness of the level of work and self-discipline required for the course. Selected dance and musical theatre classes are streamed to ensure students develop a clear understanding of technique and progress at the appropriate pace.

Dance: Classical Ballet, Technical Jazz, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary, Street, Tap and Body Conditioning.

Musical Theatre: Singing Technique, Singing Repertoire, Acting, Acting through Song, Voice (Accent, Articulation), Choir and Integrated Performance. Accent reduction for overseas students.

Contextual Studies: Healthier Performer, Music Theory for the Performer, History of Dance and History of Musical Theatre.

Year 2

In Year 2 the Diploma programme is split into four ‘Tracks’ specialising in aspects of musical theatre and dance. After careful monitoring of strengths and talents demonstrated during Year 1, students are placed in the track most appropriate to their career potential. These tailor-made Tracks allow students to develop their individuality. The following sections describe these in more detail.

Year 3

Year 3 students continue in their Tracks and the year focuses on combining technical ability with performance skills. Technical classes are combined with master classes and mock auditions concentrating on audition technique. These classes give students the opportunity to work with current West End practitioners and receive invaluable advice regarding the current requirements of the industry. The curriculum includes seminars on professional development, Equity membership, Spotlight and financial management. Year 3 is also a transition from student to professional, and all students are involved in a variety of live performances in both the in-house theatre space and in external West End venues. Urdang’s graduate productions have a fantastic reputation, and consequently are attended by a multitude of major dance and theatrical agencies.

3rd Year Students at Urdang are never mixed with 1st and 2nd year students for any public performances giving them full exposure to all industry professionals.

Tracks A, B and C all lead to the Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre.

Track D leads to the Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance.

Track A - an equal emphasis in all Musical Theatre

This track is designed to support students who are suited to pursuing a career with a focus on both acting and dance based musicals. These could include West End shows (such as Les Miserables, Phantom Of The Opera and Wicked), national and international tours and cruise ships. There is an equal emphasis on Musical Theatre subjects and Dance disciplines. On this track students are expected to reach a high level in all the disciplines of Singing, Acting and Dance.

Musical Theatre: Singing Technique, Singing Repertoire, Acting (including a Shakespeare module), Acting through Song, Voice (Accent and Articulation), Choir, Acting for Audition, Singing for Audition and Integrated Performance. Accent reduction for overseas students.

Dance: Classical Ballet, Technical Jazz, Musical Theatre Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Street, Acro and Partner Work.

Contextual Studies: Production Skills and Performance Project.

Graduate Productions: Dance Production, Musical Presentation and Graduate Revue Showcase.

Track B - a greater emphasis on dance and modern Musical Theatre

This track is designed to support students who are suited to pursuing a career with a focus on dance and modern based musicals, (which could include West End shows such as Legally Blonde, Thriller Live, West Side Story), national and international tours and cruise ships. This track will be focused on developing a professional standard within Singing and Dance, supported by a strong knowledge and understanding of the acting techniques required to transfer these technical skills into performance. On this track students are expected to reach a high level in the disciplines of Dance and Singing and demonstrate a competent ability to integrate their acting skills across all assessments and performance.

Musical Theatre: Singing Technique, Acting, Acting through Song, Voice (Accent/Articulation), Choir, Acting for Audition, Singing for Audition and Integrated Performance. Accent reduction for overseas students.

Dance: Classical Ballet, Technical Jazz, Musical Theatre Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Street, Acro and Partner Work.

Contextual Studies: Production Skills and Performance Project.

Graduate Productions: Dance Production, Musical Presentation and Graduate Revue Showcase.

Track C - a greater emphasis on acting and singing Musical Theatre

This track is designed to support those students who will predominantly follow acting and singing based musical theatre careers which could include the West End, national and international tours, TV, film and theatre companies. This course is heavily weighted towards Musical Theatre disciplines; dance being used as a supporting discipline to maintain strength and core stability. This track has a strong emphasis towards performance in both Acting and Musical Theatre. On this Track students are expected to reach an exceptional level in Singing and Acting modules.

Musical Theatre: Singing Technique, Singing Repertoire, Acting, Voice (Phonetics/Accent/Articulation), Acting Through Song, Integrated Performance, Choir, Operetta Singing and Acting Master Classes, Acting for Audition, Singing for Audition, and Play Rehearsals. Accent reduction for overseas students.

Dance: Body Conditioning, Classical Ballet, Technical Jazz, Contemporary and Tap.

Contextual Studies: Production Skills and Performance Project.

Graduate Productions: Musical or Play for Track C only, Musical Theatre presentation and Graduate Musical Theatre Showcase.

Track D - is designed to produce the most versatile dancers for the current & future industry

This track’s aims are to produce the most versatile dancers for the current industry. The broad spectrum of potential employment could include commercial dance work such as X Factor and dancing for artists in the music industry. Other potential career opportunities for these students would be joining dance companies, musicals (such as Thriller! Live, Flashdance and In the Heights) and touring productions.

Dance: Classical Ballet., Technical Jazz, Musical Theatre Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Choreography, Acro Partner Work, Street, Hip Hop and Commercial.

Musical Theatre: Acting, Acting Through Song, Singing, Integrated Performance and Voice.

Contextual Studies: Production skills and performance project.

Graduate Productions: Dance Production, Musical Presentation and Graduate Revue Showcase.