Exciting NEW Intensive Training programme Summer 2020


Are you 11-19 years old and love to dance? Interested in further development of your technique and gaining advice and tips from our industry experts?

We have launched a weekend of INTENSIVE classes, lead by expert faculty and R/A Directors.
Running across SATURDAY 1ST & SUNDAY 2ND AUGUST 2020, 10am-5pm, you’ll receive full days of training in genres such as Vaganova Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Technical Jazz & Commercial, developing & furthering dance technique.

The Summer Intensive extends a route for us to provide an unrivalled and unique calibre of learning, based in the heart of the Cultural Quarter in central Leeds. Renaissance Arts prides itself on providing an elite world class faculty, to ensure the best possible environment for nurturing and fostering talent.

Capped class sizes will ensure individual focus and feedback. Included in this will be strength & muscle condition analysis and advice, which has proven to be a successful element of our 3 Year Professional Dance programme.

There will also be the opportunity to take part in an Industry & Audition Lecture, for those interested in understanding more about how the Commercial Arts sector works on a professional level.

Across the weekend our Directors will be on the lookout for talent which may also benefit from full time, vocational conservatoire training and future opportunities with R/A.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with us via email to info@renaissance-arts.co.uk or contact us on social media.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Why Should You Join The Renaissance?

Looking for somewhere to continue your professional Dance or Musical Theatre training?

The first Audition date for our 3 Year Dance and Musical Theatre courses is just around the corner on Wednesday 6th November, giving you plenty of time to try out and consider your options ahead of your final study and exams period.


We asked some of our R/A Faculty for some tips on how to prepare for an audition to study at Renaissance Arts?:

(Luke Fredericks, West End Director & Musical Theatre faculty) ‘I love creativity and performers who are willing to take risks and try something different.’

(R/A Director & Dance faculty Stillie Dee) ‘In the lead up, get yourself as physically fit and strong as possible, this will give you an edge and help you arrive confident in your ability. Take as many technical classes as you can and follow your teacher’s guidance. Be well rehearsed in any solos you’ll be delivering on the day.’

(Sammy Murray Brown, Choreographer and Movement Director for Theatre, TV and Film) ‘Always keep working to your personal best, keep up classes, go the extra mile.’

(R/A Director and Musical Director Neill Rigg) ‘Make sure music is cut and prepared accordingly. Often 16-32 bars is required. Bring two contrasting genres, an uptempo and a Ballard, to show your diversity.’

And any further advice for Audition day?

Luke Fredericks, West End Director & Musical Theatre faculty) ‘Commit to what you are doing and show grit and determination.’

(R/A Director Stillie Dee) ‘When delivering your performance, be passionate and show a love for what you do. Try to enjoy the experience so that you can let your personality and your uniqueness shine through.’

(R/A Director and Musical Director Neill Rigg) ‘Have sheet music clearly marked, e.g. where to start and stop and knowing what tempo to direct the pianist with. Understanding the story and character behind what you’re performing will male for a more engaging Audition.’

(R/A Director and Ballet faculty Martin Howland) Embrace nerves, don’t let them overwhelm you. Commit 100%. Take risks. Laugh if something goes wrong, don’t take yourself too seriously! Work the notes given in the Audition class and don’t be afraid to ask questions.’

APPLY NOW to Audition on Wednesday 6th November 2019 http://renaissancearts.co.uk/apply/

World Ballet Day 2019

R/A Director and The Royal Ballet Upper School Graduate, Professional Principle Soloist, Martin Howland

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 sees companies from around the world collaborate to celebrate Ballet, posting unique behind the scenes footage and live streamed rehearsals and interviews.

At R/A we believe that Ballet is the foundation of all technical dance and is therefore key in creating strong athletic and versatile performance. Students at Renaissance Arts can expect to be trained to a professional level in classical Ballet, Point, Pas de Deux, Virtuosity and Repertoire, irrespective of their previous experience.

Check out our social media pages on World Ballet Day for our own contributions and some exclusive interviews from our current students.

#BalletBeautiful #BalletSeason #BalletFeet #BalletBoys #RoyalBallet #BoysDanceToo #TahDance #BalletBodies #WorldBalletDay

Renaissance Arts introduces new qualifications for September 2020

We are delighted to announce that students accepted on to our 3 Year Vocational Dance and Musical Theatre courses from September 2020, will have the opportunity to study two new qualifications:

•Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Dance/Musical Theatre (September 2020)

•ISTD Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)

• Bursary and funding opportunities available
• Apply to train from age of 16
• Study in the cultural quarter of Leeds city centre.
• Industry led training

For more information on our courses, come along to our Open Evening on Friday 1st November 2019. REGISTER NOW at http://renaissancearts.co.uk/open-evening/

Register to Audition 6th November : http://renaissancearts.co.uk/apply/

Other audition dates:

15th January 2020
18th March 2020

Graduate Success

Official Video Out Now, “Light Up The Night” by Jamie Berry    Feat Renaissance Arts Graduates Nathan King & Jessica Kewley    

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Graduate Jordan Hinchliffe returns to Renaissance Arts

Having just returned to the UK from his recent role as Dance Captain in The Bodyguard, Austria, Jordan returned to RA this week to work with the next generation of Musical Theatre professionals, teaching a masterclass to our current students.

Jordan embarked on professional training in Dance and Musical Theatre and graduated from Renaissance Arts, Leeds.

His Theatre Credits include On-stage Swing and Cover Stalker Bodyguard-das-musical (Köln, Germany),Dancer in Puttin’ on the Ritz (UK Tour), Dancer in Conga (Monte Carlo), Dancer in Keep Dancing (UK Tour) with Strictly Come Dancing favourites Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis. 

Jordan has also travelled Alaska and Asia onboard the Celebrity Millennium cruise liner as an Ensemble Dancer.

Further Theatre credits include Dance Captain/Ensemble in Robin Hood (Qdos Entertainment, Newcastle and Bradford), Dance Captain/Ensemble in Aladdin (Qdos Entertainment, Newcastle and Bradford), Dance Captain/Ensemble in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Qdos Entertainment, Bradford), Dance Captain/Ensemble in Peter Pan (Qdos Entertainment, Bradford).

Television Credits include dancer for chart topping group THE WANTED (Surprise Surprise, ITV) and Ensemble in Bollywood Carmen LIVE (BBC).

After finishing his contract in Koln, Jordan then moved to Vienna, and joined the 20th anniversary cast of the cult musical Tanz der Vampire where he took on the role of Cover Schwarzer Vampire (lead male dance role) and also cover “Koukol” a lead acting role in the show.

Finishing Vampires in June 2018, Jordan was then lucky enough to be asked to join the Austrian Premier of “The Bodyguard” as an Off-Stage Swing and also taking on the role of Dance Captain, looking after the work of renowned choreographer Karen Bruce. 

Interested in applying to study with Renaissance Arts Conservatoire?

Luke Fredericks

Graduate Success for Ruth Cass

Congratulations to Ruth in her contract with Norwegian Cruise Line where she will be performing as a part of ‘Footloose’ on board the Norwegian Joy

Alumni Success – Ben Lancaster through to the final of the BBC’s ‘All Together Now’

86 out of the 100 judges stood up in support of Renaissance Graduate Ben Lancaster on Saturday. We’re excited to how he does in the final!