Midlands AcAdemy of 
Dance & Drama - Est. 1967

MADD COLLEGE STATEMENT – COVID-19

Coronavirus continues to dominate our thoughts at MADD College and therefore we are being proactive in protecting our learners and staff. We have not been directed to close, however due to recent Government advice we will be closing the full-time musical theatre courses with immediate effect, so bringing the Easter break forward for students and staff, and returning as planned

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MOVE IT 2020 POSTPONED

We believe the students have summed up our huge disappointment but also support of MOVE IT being postponed this weekend, in their Insta takeover post here: “And here it is. ‘Alice’ a commercial/jazz piece choreographed by Sue Sparham. 3/3 of our Main Stage pieces that would have been performed tomorrow. Although we are disheartened by the news of MOVEIT, we

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The Student Insta Takeover begins…

The students – they’ve taken over! The MADD COLLEGE student instagram takeover ahead of MOVE IT this weekend has kicked off in true MADD style 😃 Here’s a brilliant snapshot of what lies ahead over the coming days and across the Move It weekend 13-15 March in London! Head over to instagram.com/maddcollege for more #madd4moveit #moveit2020 updates! Photos include:Final rehearsal with Ryan-Lee Seager for our Saturday Main Stage piece ‘Hollywood’.

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STUDENT INSTA TAKEOVER AT MOVE IT 2020

It’s MOVE IT time of the year again (Fri 13 – Sun 15 March) and that means a few fab things at MADD COLLEGE! Not only can you find us at STAND 248 and ask us all things MADD, we will also have our MAINSTAGE and SHOWCASE THEATRE performances too (check out website ‘news’ or other social media posts for all details), PLUS our STUDENT

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SUN SHINES OVER MADD

We are thrilled to welcome MADD alumna Anna Church, BBC Senior Weather Presenter, back to college today to talk to our third years about her TV career! Anna said: “MADD was a pivotal time in my life taking me from an overly enthusiastic student to a confident professional with self belief and drive. These attributes have enabled me to successfully move from

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A message from the Jamie Tour

With auditions to get into #MADDCollege still to take place on 19 & 25 March (audition places available), we thought we’d ask some of our #maddalumni to tell us what training at MADD meant to them and their careers! First up is Jodie Knight currently touring the UK in ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ playing the role of Fatimah! “From the moment I arrived at

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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.