For students aged 10 – 21

Urdang ConnectUrdang Connect (formerly known as Youth Academy) is open to all students aged 10-21 with a passion for performance!

At Urdang we think early training is just as important as full time vocational training and Connect aims to give you the skills to achieve the most out of the beginning of your career. All Connect students will have the chance to audition for our in-house agency, LINK Talent and if successful, will have the chance to audition for West End productions and more.

Classes are taken by Urdang faculty but we also have occasional intensive, specialised workshops led by choreographers, West End directors, musical directors and other specialists in their field. This ensures that students are learning from those at the heart of professional dance and musical theatre.

Connect options are one or two full day sessions per month, starting at 10.00am and finishing at 5.00pm. The timetable will vary every 2 weeks and will include core subjects, Ballet, Jazz and Musical Theatre in the morning sessions. In the afternoon there will be two specialist subjects that will include the following:

  • Acro / Tricks
  • Lyrical Jazz / Contemporary
  • Street / Commercial
  • Tap
  • Acting
  • Singing
  • And more…

We will also put on an annual show in Urdang’s Great Hall at the end of the second term, in a fully functioning theatre . This is a fantastic opportunity for friends and family to see what has been achieved and is a fantastically enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Urdang Connect will raise the bar in part time training and Connect on a truly different level.
For more information please contact: Urdang Connect Co-ordinator Regan Shepherd.

Cost and Discounts


  1. 1 Session a Month, (3 Sessions – Term 1) – £175
  2. 2 Sessions a month, (6 Sessions – Term 1) – £325

Connect, book here.

* – bi-monthly* sessions are optional.

Please contact us, 10% discounts are given when booking more than one course per student, Groups of 6+, for additional siblings and to Islington residents.

The Connect year

Term 2 – Show term, rehearsals working towards a performance.

  • SUN 15 JAN (once monthly and bi-montlhy students)
  • SUN 29 JAN (bi-monthly students only)
  • SUN 12 FEB (once monthly and bi-monthly students)
  • SUN 26 FEB (bi-monthly students only)
  • SUN 12 MAR (once monthly and bi-monthly students)
  • SUN 26 MAR (bi-monthly students only)
  • SAT 1st APR Showcase day (all students)

Term 3 – Masterclass term, Dance, TV and Film Masterclasses with industry professionals.

  • SUN 23 APR (once monthly and bi-montlhy students)
  • SUN 07 MAY (bi-monthly students only)
  • SUN 14 MAY (once monthly and bi-monthly students)
  • SUN 04 JUN (bi-monthly students only)
  • SUN 18 JUN (once monthly and bi-monthly students)
  • SUN 02 JUL (bi-monthly students only)


Connect is based at Urdang2, the new modern location, opened in 2014, to provide additional state-of-the-art training facilities for talented students. Located a stone’s throw away from the Old Finsbury Town Hall in Islington, it has easy access to the tube and main bus routes.


From January 2017, all Urdang Connect students will have the chance to audition for LINK Talent, Urdang’s in house agency. LINK Talent has successfully placed full time course graduates into the West End, UK Tours, Films Television and more.

If accepted onto the agency books, you will be submitted for auditions and castings as a fully fledged performer, and we will work towards helping you shape your experience and professionalism at this early stage in your career.