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Golden Gala at the Hackney Empire
16th Jun 2015 | Posted by Caroline Levine

Urdang is about to celebrate our 50th year of success with a Golden Gala at the Hackney Empire on 11th and 12th July 2015.

This compelling programme will include many forms of dance from tap to street alongside uplifting musical theatre excerpts. Presented by the current first and second year students, with special guest appearances from Urdang Alumni from over the years.

Urdang is known for its diverse, individual and incredibly talented young performers who will leave you enlightened, dazzled and wanting to know more about this unique and exciting London College.

11 Jul 2015 – 12 Jul 2015, shows at 1:30pm & 7:00pm

Price(s): £ 25.50 – £ 10 (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone)

Book here.


Brian Friedman is new patron at Urdang
4th Jun 2015 | Posted by Caroline Levine

On 3rd June, Urdang officially announced, internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and creative director, Brian Friedman, as their new patron joining existing Urdang patrons, Sean Cheesman, Arlene Philips CBE, Wayne Sleep OBE and Anthony Van Laast MBE. The announcement came following an industry lecture and Q&A session led by Friedman for Urdang students at the Old Finsbury Town Hall.

Brian Friedman is new patron at UrdangBrian Friedman has worked with an impressive string of artists and celebrities to date which includes Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Prince, Mariah Carey, Usher, P!nK, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Aguilera, One Direction, Olly Murs and many more. As a creative, his talents extend to the film industry, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”, “You Got Served”, ‘She’s all That”, “Austin Powers Gold Member to name a few. But most of us will have heard from the influential American star from his involvement judging, choreographing and producing The X Factor UK, The X Factor USA and America’s Got Talent.

Urdang is delighted to have attracted a high profile professional who is such a fit for the academy. Brian is the perfect role model and will be an inspiration to Urdang students, especially for our boys and those students wanting a career in commercial dance. Brian will bring his talent, passion and support to students by giving inside information on how the industry works and insight on his experiences that has got him where he is today.

Brian Friedman comments:

“I am thrilled and honored to be taking on the role of Patron at The Urdang Academy. Passing on knowledge to the next generation of dancers is not only my duty but it also warms my heart. Over the years I have watched alumni from the Academy audition for me and have cast them in many projects. They are truly receiving the best training around! A huge thank you to Urdang for entrusting me with your students.”

Solange comments:

“Brian is a force to be reckoned with within the industry! I have personally admired Brian’s work over the years and I am so thrilled to have him onboard to impart his knowledge and experience to the faculty and our future graduates. At the core of the training that we deliver is the belief that all students should benefit from relevant industry exposure and Brian will certainly make an invaluable contribution to Urdang.”


Glasgow Audition Date just announced!
17th Nov 2014 | Posted by admin

We have JUST ANNOUNCED that we will be holding Urdang auditions at the Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow on Saturday 22nd November!

Urdang Glasgow Auditions 2014Audition to be held at:

The Dance School of Scotland,
Knightswood Secondary School,
60 Knightswood Road,
Glasgow
G13 2XD

On Saturday 22nd November Urdang staff will be at the Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow to audition applicants for full-time courses at the Urdang Academy beginning September 2015.

You must apply in advance for the chance to audition. If you are interested in attending please download an application form here.

Complete, sign and return the form with a cheque for £35.00 to:

The Admissions Manager,
Urdang Academy,
The Old Finsbury Town Hall,
Rosebery Avenue,
London,
EC1R 4RP

Please mark your application: Scotland Auditions.

Please do not apply online as this will only put you forward for a London audition. We will then send you an invitation to audition with details of the day. For any enquiries email admissions@theurdangacademy.com.

For directions to the Dance School of Scotland please see here.

 


Dancing Times visits the Urdang Academy
25th Aug 2014 | Posted by admin

Dancing Times visits Urdang We’re featured on page 23-25 of the August issue of Dancing Times.

Laura Dodge paid a visit to the Urdang Academy at a busy, vibrant time, as our students prepared for their end-of-year performances.

Find out more about Dancing Times

 

Having seen Urdang’s students on stage several times, it’s clear why it’s so successful. Producing confident, competent performers with versatile skills, it’s no wonder 95 per cent of graduates find work in the dance and musical theatre industry.


Urdang’s Link Dance Showcase ‘Sins & Virtues’ in The Dancing Times!
2nd Jun 2014 | Posted by admin

The ‘Sins & Virtues’ Showcase has received a glowing review on page 73 of the June issue of the Dancing Times Magazine.

The packed performance, which demonstrated the seven deadly sins, was favorably commended;

 

“The range of styles included in the performance showed off their versatility and highlighted the well-rounded training Urdang offers students. There were also some exceptional solos laced between the larger numbers; it is obvious that many of Urdang’s 2014 graduates will have exciting careers to look forward to.”

 

See the full article below;