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Urdang Graduate Revue 2013
2nd Aug 2013 | Posted by admin
Congratulations to all our 2013 graduates who put on an ‘impressive’ Graduate Show in June.
We are very proud of all our graduates and pleased to announce that the Graduate Revue at the Shaw Theatre in June was a huge success, described by the Dancing Times as an “abundance of personality and individuality”.
Dean Lee’s Street section “could have come straight from any contemporary music video and the quality of dancing meant that it wouldn’t have looked out of place on MTV”.
“The Urdang students clearly have an abundance of talent, which has been harnessed during their training and was showcased effectively in this graduate revue. All 85 performers are deserving of jobs on the bright stages of the West End and Broadway”.
We wish all our graduates the very best of luck in their future careers and look forward to the Grad Show in 2014!
To follow in our graduate’s footsteps, find out more about our courses here.
Read The Dancing Times full review below…
Graduate in Dance Track Magazine
29th Jul 2013 | Posted by admin
Samantha Dorsey features in Dance Track Magazine’s July Back to School Issue.
Samantha’s tells us her experiences of Urdang as a “triple threat school” and how she has gone on to a leading role as ‘Cosette’ in Les Mis in the West End.
Samantha offers some great advice for our first years we will be welcoming in September and a real insight to working in the industry.
Scroll down to read the full interview…
Read more on Dance Track’s website.
Urdang Graduates in Les Mis!
3rd Jul 2013 | Posted by admin
Last year Samantha Dorsey graduated straight into a West End Lead role in Les Misérables. Now two further Urdang graduates have secured roles in the same highly acclaimed epic.
Les Mis is the longest running musical in the world. Now in its 28th year it is produced in 22 languages and has been seen by more than 65 million people in 42 countries all around the globe. It is still breaking box-office records everywhere and was released to cinema screens in 2012 with an all-star cast, the premier of which Samantha was ‘lucky enough to attend’.
Samantha is delighted to have been asked to play the West End lead, Cosette, for yet another year feels the training at Urdang was vital to her future career:
“It was a lot of hard work; 3 years each with a different focus. It did really prepare you…it gives you the basis in everything you need like ballet, jazz, tap and then your singing and your acting. It’s a triple threat school!”
Our graduates Jade Davies and Koko Basigara have now also been cast to join Samantha, fresh from graduating this year from our BA (Hons) Professional Dance and Musical Theatre and Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre.
Samantha, who at graduation managed to secure her ‘dream job’, explains why she chose Urdang:
“Urdang had the best audition day, you really got a taste of the school. I was also not a strong dancer, and I knew the school would really push me in my dance. I always knew I wanted to be a singer and Urdang allowed me to focus on my strengths but also develop my weaknesses!”
When advising students that are graduating and auditioning, Samantha comments:
“Be intelligent about your career goals, and work out where you can fit into a piece of the puzzle.”
Samantha offers more advice in an interview at MoveIt, (the audio is slightly distorted but please persevere to get some great tips!) Watch here.
Book your tickets for Les Mis here.
Follow in these graduates footsteps – read more about our courses here.
Watch our newest video with Patron Sean Cheesman
1st May 2013 | Posted by admin
Be the first to watch our exclusive video when presenter Dean McCullough interviewed our newest Patron, Sean Cheesman, who talks about becoming a patron and what the future holds!
Originally from Trinidad, Sean trained at the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City and started out as a figure skater and tap dancer. He broke into the industry at 17-years-old in his debut role as a dancer in Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ music video.
Sean was drawn to Urdang’s abundance of fresh talent and its diverse ideology since 1970 and we are proud to welcome him as a patron. He has given Master Classes and joined Urdang students and faculty at London Olympia’s annual dance festival Move It in March. Obviously “blown away” by the level of professionalism and versatility demonstrated in Urdang’s varied performances over the three days, (all of which are available on our YouTube channel).
Sean remarked: “I so believe in what Solange is doing at the school and I’m really impressed by the talent at Urdang. It’s more than quadruple threat! To be able to sing, dance, act all day is just incredible. They are living the dream.”
Urdang Academy’s Managing Director, Solange Urdang comments:
“We have worked extremely hard over recent years to ensure that our students have maximum exposure to top industry professionals, gaining familiarity of the latest thinking and performance techniques. We are very excited that Sean has agreed to join Urdang as a patron, taking this industry exposure to a whole new level, whilst also being an aspirational figure our students can look up to.”
Sean is keen to be a pro-active participant of the school and feels he can help support its students’ training and development; helping to give them an amazing start.
He feels “the sky’s the limit” and reflects: “I’m proud to be part of such a forward thinking college that prides itself on technical excellence and success in the industry. Versatility is paramount [to a performer] and the Urdang Academy allows dancers to master every style of dance.”
Watch the full video below.
Sean has worked with some of the world’s top entertainers including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, TLC, Vanessa Williams, Carmen Electra, Tina Turner, Queen Latifah, Cher and Britney Spears.
His award winning choreography credits are also endless, read more here.
Visit our video gallery here.
See our performances from Move It 2013
11th Mar 2013 | Posted by admin
Far From Over, Saturday 9th March at 1:30pm
‘Far From Over’ performed by Urdang Academy students.
Students from Urdang Academy take it back to the 80’s with a high-energy performance that is Far From Over!
Music: “Far From Over” by Frank Stallone
Strike, Saturday 9th March at 4:30pm
Performance by Strike.
Choreographed by Dean Lee.
Let there be love – a celebration of everyone being who they are and everyone coming together to encourage love and acceptance. Music: “Let there be love” by Christina Aguilera.
Bloch, Sunday 10th March at 11:30am
Bloch Global Dancewear Fashion Show performed by Urdang Academy Students.
Choreographed by Paul Hack and Lynsey McDougal.
Bloch Global Dancewear presents the 2013 leotard collection in collaboration with dancers from The Urdang Academy.
Music: “Sing Sang Sung and The Phat Pack” by Big Phat Band.
Carnival, Sunday 10th March at 2:30pm
‘Carnival’ performed by Urdang Academy students.
Choreographed by Matt Cole.
An explosion of Jazz and Street fused to a carnival rhythm. Music: “Carnival” by DJ Remix Factory.
Showcase Theatre, Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March
‘Wade in the Water’ performed by Urdang Academy students at Move It 2013.
Choreographed by Stuart Goodwin and Musical Direction by Jeremy Powell,
Get drawn into Urdang’s gospel adventure in ‘Wade in the Water’.
Music: “Wade in the Water” arranged by Dougie Freeman.