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Li Li Hodge

Great to have the fabulous Li Li Hodge back in College this week working with the students.
Truly inspiring classes with fantastic commercial choreography.

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Aladdin London Visit

Earlier this month, Renaissance Arts students were invited to watch the spectacular West End Musical – Aladdin. Faculty member Daniel de Bourg (currently starring as principal ‘Kassim’) invited the college to watch the company warm up and rehearsals on stage before the show.

The show was superbly performed by the cast.A big shout out to Daniel de Bourg who put on a fabulous all-action performance as Aladdin’s best friend. An amazing and inspiring experience to look behind the scenes of this iconic West End Musical.

Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!


3rd Year Blog/Sophie O’Connell/A week at Renaissance Arts

Another amazing week down at RA and a few more steps on the road to graduation!

This has been a challenging yet rewarding week. We have focused on strength &  stability in ballet which, in return, is helping get those legs higher and lines longer!

We have worked on control & adage transfering these skills into pirouette combinations.  In technical jazz we have been working through quad & glute strengthening, developpe and fondu.  I know this is increasing my strength, technique, physique and improving every genre of my dance.

At the beginning of the week the Year 2 and 3 and some graduates had the opportunity to audition for Sammy Murray, a brilliant choreographer who is currently working on Victoria for ITV. It was a great experience to audition on pointe and get that little bit closer to ‘the real world’.  “Congratulations to the successful girls- you looked beautiful!!!”

We have been working towards our mid year vocal assessments, continuing on acting through song in our new duets and trios. Working through script from ‘Spring Awakening’ with the brilliant Director Luke Fredericks, trying to make choices that are not the obvious when delivering.

Also work on current Broadway Musical “Something Rotten!”  accessing our inner Elizabethans!’  This hilarious piece was re-created by our own directors. We have really tried to push our character work to the extremes, working on harmonies and the meaning of the lyrics was challenging and fun.

To end the week we began our new Fosse project, adding to our dance repertoire for this we had to be specific to the style, a very high energy number to perform .

Loved this work from such iconic choreographers! This helps enrich our repertoire of dance and knowledge of shows that will never go out of fashion!


To find out what events are coming up at Renaissance Arts CLICK HERE

Thanks again for more inspiring classes RA! Bring on next week!!!  Sophie O’Connell 

1: Stillie Dee • Panto Blog 2014 – 2015

Renaissance Arts Director Stillie Dee is choreographing two pantomimes this year

The Kings Theatre Edinburgh.

Bradford Alhambra

With sensational special effects, this year’s King’s Panto is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer, if you ask your genie for just one thing this year, make it a trip to see Aladdin at the King’s!

Stillie is currently in rehearsals in Edinburgh with  Allan StewartAndy Gray and Grant Stott with a fabulous supporting cast in the Edinburgh production.

We will keep you updated with how rehearsals are going.




Renaissance Arts @ Dirty Dancing 18•11•14

Dirty Dancing

Theatre Visit (Dirty Dancing)

Students before attending the performance of Dirty Dancing @ Leeds Grand Theatre.  Another theatre visit under the artistic belt.

“The Audience loved the show and it’s popularity suggests it’s going to be around for along time. ”

Martin Howland

View the dirty dancing website here


RA in Leeds Retail Association Video

An organisation that aims to give Leeds ‘one voice’ has re-launched in the City. Leeds Retail Association.

Leeds Retail Association (LRA) is a body set up to act as a broker between all customer-facing businesses to connect them with each other, identify promotional opportunities and address issues and challenges facing the City.
Spearheaded by local retail expert David Laycock, the LRA has around 30 members from all industries including media, sport, food & drink, entertainment, education, designers and clothes-retailers and is now looking to recruit more members City-wide.

Leeds Retail Association members meet up every month at different City Centre venues to discuss topics that are important to them, seek advice and share information.
“It’s great to all get together in one room,” says David. “Simply connecting with other businesses is hugely valuable, and we have had great feedback, but we realised that there was a need for something more. Businesses were telling us that they needed to be in touch with the City constantly.
“In response to this, today we have launched a brand new website that features an Online Forum for Leeds Retail Association members. We know that time is of the essence to businesses large and small and now they can connect with each other at the touch of a button no matter where they are. It’s not only time-saving but it is a place to get results.”
The website – leedsretail.co.uk – has information that is available to all who visit it but with sections that are for member use only and intends to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all things Leeds.
As part of its re-launch the Leeds Retail Association has produced a Leeds-centric film that gives a snapshot into ‘a day in the life of Leeds’. Using some 30+ businesses ‘One Leeds’ shows what’s on offer in the City from early morning through late at night.
“We have hosted a private screening of the film for those who ‘star’ in it, but we have only just gone public,” explains David. “We are really proud of it – everyone involved is proud of it; it shows off everything that’s great about Leeds by using the City’s own talent.”
The film’s creators are (Leeds-based) Creative Agency BlackBox Creative, the script is written by (Leeds-born) writer Jamie Donoughue and voiced by (Leeds-born, bred and based) Actor Luke Dickson and the music is composed by (Leeds-based) Josh Weller.
It stars around 35 key City characters including music bar Mojo, the Victoria Quarter, Kirkgate Markets, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Accent Clothing and Leeds United.
“The objective of the film is not only to showcase the City’s eclectic offer but to also encourage new members to the LRA,” David continues. “The more members, the louder the voice we have in the City, the region and indeed the country.”
David concludes “I believe that for a city to be internationally renowned it has to first believe in itself – to believe in itself it should have confidence in its offering and to have confidence in its offering it has to know what is on offer – that is the very foundation of the Leeds Retail Association.”
For more information about Leeds Retail Association visit www.leedsretail.co.uk or contact David Laycock on david@leedsretail.co.uk / 07969 221 290

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XMAS TERM: 1 18/8/14 – 8/10/14 (8 WEEK TERM)
XMAS TERM: 2 20/10/14 – 17/12/14 (9 WEEK TERM)
EASTER TERM 5/1/15 – 1/4/15 (13 WEEKS)
SUMMER TERM 13/4/15 – 15/7/15 (14 WEEKS)



XMAS TERM: 1 17/8/15 – 7/10/15 (8 WEEK TERM)
XMAS TERM: 2 19/10/15 – 16/12/15 (9 WEEK TERM)
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SUMMER TERM 11/4/16 – 13/7/16 (14 WEEKS)



XMAS TERM: 1 22/8/16 – 12/10/16 (8 WEEK TERM)
XMAS TERM: 2 24/10/15 – 21/12/16 (9 WEEK TERM)
EASTER TERM 9/1/17 – 12/4/17 (14 WEEKS)
SUMMER TERM 1/5/17 – 19/7/17

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