Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama – Est. 1967

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A Virtual Term Start

In its 53 year history, Monday 20th April will be a very different term start for Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama as we move the College online allowing us to continue to deliver on our commitment to all students training during this time. Behind the scenes and based at home throughout the Easter ‘break’, our Principal, Creative Director, Senior Administrator, Management, Heads of Departments & Faculty have

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2nd Year Virtual Ensemble

With the UK in lockdown and in his role as Head of Music at MADD College, Kelvin Towse wanted to find ways for the students to keep creative and inspired. With this in mind, he asked the 2nd year ensemble class to continue their work on his ensemble arrangement of ‘Wait For It’, from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, ‘Hamilton’. The students

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The MADD College Class of 2020

Year on year, our graduate students make us proud, not only as performers but people too. The #Classof2020 ever more so as the #MADDfamily comaraderie and their individual drive and determination continues to move them forward at this time! Our AMAZING Class of 2020 and their Spotlight links: #MADDGrad2020 #UKGrad2020

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Class of 2020 self-tape bloopers!

Here’s a fun compilation of bloopers from MADD College Class of 2020’s recent self-tape recordings, brilliantly put together by third year Samuel Chisnall! Self-tapes are a great way for graduating students to show agents, directors, choreographers etc what they’re made of, without having to leave their house! Plus they make for some rather fabulous bloopers too. The students hope you enjoy

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Sadly our annual in-house show “Musical Review”, scheduled for 27 March 2020 at MADD’s Studio Theatre, could no longer take place. due to all at MADD isolating at home. So, with a little help from the current MADD College third year students, we have put together a short video, including clips from our Nottingham Playhouse Gala Showcase 2019, with a

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In light of the current COVID-19 situation, we will continue to accept audition applications for the September 2020 intake, but we are asking auditionees to submit information electronically. PLEASE NOTE: MADD college will continue to audition right through and including the month of August to assist students wishing entry for September 2020 at this unprecedented time. Please submit your audition

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Katie Bagshaw

Ballet Tutor

Katie started dancing aged 3 years old. She went on to gain a place at The Royal Ballet School age 11 and later completed her training at Elmhurst Ballet School where she graduated and gained a Level 6 Trinity Diploma in Dance age 19.

Throughout her time at vocational school she danced at The Royal Opera House in The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, La Sylphide and Swan Lake.

Katie began working at the youth company Midland Theatre Ballet in 2013, and after finding her love for teaching she now works full time at The Lisayne Ballet School where she trains The Royal Academy of Dance syllabi to a variety of different age groups.

She is thrilled to be part of the MADD family over the Spring term!

Ryan Lee Seager

Musical Theatre & Jazz Tutor

Ryan-Lee Seager Actor/Director/Choreographer 

West End/Tour/International musicals include Fame, Blood Brothers, Rent, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Seussical, American Idiot, We Will Rock You, The Wedding Singer, Rock Of Ages, Sweeney Todd, Here Come The Boys ( Strictly Come Dancing) and also  27, Streets, Another Way all brand new british musicals. Rock Of Ages (Uk Tour) Resident Director/Resident Choreographer.  Fame (Uk Tour/West End) Associate Choreographer. 

TV credits include The Xfactor, Strictly Come Dancing, The Royal Variety Performance, Bo Selecta.
Tv Commercials Vision Express and We Buy Any Car.

Music Artists- Justin Bieber, Pixie Lott, Beverly knight, Paulo Nutini, Olivia Somerlyn, Kingsland Road, Anastacia.

Stewart Avon Arnold

Dance Tutor

Stewart was one of the foremost black Jazz and Lyrical artists of his generation and the original pioneer of Lyrical Contemporary Jazz in the UK, developing the genre from as early as 1979 to the present day and co founding the first jazz company in the UK called Jazz Theatre London (1980). Trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, his dancing heritage originates with the Martha Graham technique, with the likes of Bob Cohen, William Luther, Jane Dudley and Anthony Van Laast as his teacher/mentors that have been his springboard from which he has developed his unique style and genre, consequently becoming one of our most acclaimed and sought after International Dancer Teacher and Choreographer. For many years Stewart has been constantly involved in a variety of top West End shows, including Wayne Sleep’s ‘Song and Dance’ as a soloist dancer. He was guest choreographer for Wayne Sleep’s dance company ‘Dash’ and danced/guest choreographed for the award winning BBC tv series “The Hot Shoe Show”, joint- choreographer on ‘The Wiz’ at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre, and featured as a soloist dancer in Johnny Depp’s film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Choreographing Pop promo’s for artists such as David Grant, Elton John, Kid Creole, and working exclusively with Kate Bush over the last 30 years. He also had his own dance series on Channel 4, along with Claude-Paul Henry, called ‘Streets Ahead’, and toured Europe along with Anthony Van Laast and Claude-Paul with their own Dance Company called ‘Souls in Motion’ and took his own concept musical ‘Dancing and Singing the Blues’ on the same European circuit directing as well as choreographing the show.