Graduate Success: Ben Lancaster!

2016 Renaissance Arts graduate, Ben Lancaster: Lead production vocalist and dancer for Carnival Entertainment.



Scholars Annual Audition Date:

SUNDAY 17TH JUNE 2018 @ Nothern Ballet Leeds

– Specialist junior associate training in Classical Ballet and Technical Jazz with optional vocal lessons and pointe-work lessons.

– Suitable for ages 10-18

– Commencing Sept 2018 on selected Sundays throughout the year.

– We recommend that applicants be of a strong technical standard.

– Spaces limited – Apply early to avoid disappointment.

– Audition fee: FREE

Apply here:



– WED 18TH OCT 2017
– WED 17TH JAN 2018


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It was great to see Eleanor Meenan last week after returning from her first contract as a dancer on P&O cruises. Take a look at some of her amazing photos below!





Since graduating from Renaissance Arts last year, Amy Brown has been travelling the world with Cunard Cruises as one of their dancers. Check out some of the photo updates she sent us below!



Naomi Waterworth • 3rd Year Blog • A week at Renaissance Arts

Naomi Waterworth


This week at college has been both rewarding and physically challenging. In jazz after warm up we have been targeting strength and stamina in order to boost our power and performance.

We have been intensively training with our Renaissance fitness coach David Hudson and his team, building on our fitness and strength. This includes all forms of crossfit, tabata and core stability. The team will be assessing our individual performance and tracking our progress at college as we train with the team on Monday and Wednesdays.

We have also begun work on our mid year assessment pieces in both in Musical Theatre and also Ballet.

On Tuesday, for student social the whole of the college went to Outlaws in the city centre and we had a quiz night. 2nd and 3rd place was settled by a plank off which after a full day of training was challenging but entertaining.



 I thoroughly enjoyed evening jazz this week as we were connecting with our emotions and interpreting this through our dance. This was challenging as we had to improvise and each step we made had to have a meaning.




I am look forward to Mr Fredericks coming in next week to carry on our script work which really gets you thinking as well as working on vocal harmonies with Mr Rigg. As a 3rd year I am excited about the upcoming Graduate show and working at the theatre. Our show this year will be held at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre Leeds city centre and as usual promises to be a diverse show of musical theatre and dance.  Tickets are now on sale from the Northern Ballet Website, follow the link below to book your tickets early as shows are likely to be sold out.



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 

The Music Study Presents Ben Lancaster


Presenting Ben Lancaster


Ben is a talented young man with a natural ear for music.  His influences are that of organic musicians.  Currently in his second year at Renaissance Arts Ben is releasing an EP called Covering The Basics.  The EP is to help him along with his performances in Leeds.   In Bens final year at Renaissance Arts he will record three of his original songs in the studio.  The Music Study would like to thank Jimmy Naylor from the Pigeon Detectives for his recent work with Ben.   On August 18th Ben will be performing at The Wardrobe in Leeds supporting Bryan Emerson.  Bens covers EP will be released 1st June 2015.   

End of term at R/A - Schools Out

2014 End of term at R/A – Schools Out

R/A student Ben Lancasters New Single

R/A student Ben Lancasters New Single

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We are exited to introduce 2 new teachers to the faculty of Renaissance Arts.

Director Luke Fredericks who has recently directed acclaimed production of Carousel. We also welcome Chris Hinton-Lewis ex Principal Dancer for Northern Ballet who will be coaching the the students on Fitness & Conditioning.

It has been a challenging and inspiring week as the students in the lead up to the Easter break, as the Renaissance barre raises even higher in our pursuit of quality of training, over quantity of students.

Big congratulations to all involved for some really promising work and impressive performances. Can’t wait to continue the progress next week in all the technical core subject and featuring ‘West Side Story’ directors Masterclass.


Looking to audition for any of our full time courses?  Next Audition is Wed 25th March.  Click APPLY on our website to apply .