Student News !
A message from Lorraine Gregory - Former Student:
LORRAINE GREGORY (HAMMOND GRADUATE 2008)
MY EXPERIENCE OF BENESH NOTATION
A bit about me - I trained at The Hammond for five
danced professionally for two, and then put all my energy
into gaining a first class degree in Art History
from The University of Manchester. At the beginning
of 2014 I was looking for ways to combine my academic
endeavours with my experience in dance. Looking
around for my next step, I remembered a brief
foray into Benesh Movement Notation at The Hammond with
professional notator and Hammond senior teacher
Jane Elliott. I discovered that this subject
is now primarily taught via a distance learning course run
by The Benesh Institute at The Royal Academy of
Dance. Thinking that the course could potentially
open doors and lead to some interesting places career-wise
I enrolled and began the first module in May last
One year on, I'm completely hooked and
haven't looked back! Not only is the course itself
a fascinating and rewarding pursuit, but I've been lucky enough to
have been offered some fantastic opportunities
alongside my studies. From January to March I
gained experience assisting Jane Elliott when she staged a
full-length production of the ballet La Bayadère
at The Hammond. Working from the Benesh score that
Jane herself had written whilst working on Natalia
Makarova's staging of the work for The Royal
Ballet in 1989, I began to learn skills and
methods of working that are absolutely vital to succeeding
as a notator but
which are nigh on impossible to teach and instil via the
distance-learning set up. So much of the notator's
role is based on communication and people skills
developed and refined when working and observing on the job
in the rehearsal studio. This term, I'm back with
Hammond students who are in the process of
learning Jane's ballet 'White Space' for the end of year
production, which means I am now writing down the
choreography rather than reading from an existing
notated movement( dance) score.
Last November I completed a
two-week placement in the notation department of The
Royal Ballet as part of the First Stage Work Experience
Scheme run by The Royal Opera House. The value of
this experience was immeasurable - having the
opportunity to shadow and assist the notation staff in all
aspects of their work with some of the greatest
dancers in the world, giving me a thrilling
insight into the notation profession. I'll be returning to
the Opera House later this month, employed to help
catalogue the notation library and archive.
I'll also be involved with the Genée International Ballet
Competition in London for the Royal Academy Of
Dance, where I'll be recording two solos created
especially for the candidates by emerging choreographer
The following students are now fully qualified Michael King MATWORK LEVEL 1 Pilates Instructors:
Bethany Jayne Dalton, Eleanor Duignan, Lauren Slack, Jon Walker, Jack Hales.
L-R - Jack Hales, Eleanor Duignan, Bethany-Jayne Dalton, Jon Walker
Many congratulations to them all!
The Janet Cram Awards 2014.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing hold an annual modern dance competition called The Janet Cram awards. Candidates compete in regional heats and, if successful, go through to the National Finals held in London.
Janet Cram was an inspirational teacher in the mid 20th century, who set ambitious standards for the dance profession in both technical and creative dance training.The awards have been held annually since 1965 and see top dancers from across the UK compete for the coveted trophy.
Hammond Dance students Olivia Faulkner and Rachel Farr, trained by teacher Chrissie Eccleston-Touhy, were chosen to compete in the finals on Sunday 8th June 2014. The standard was exceptionally high, with 27 competitors in total. Three adjudicators decided to award Olivia Faulkner with the Title of Outstanding Dance for her solo.
Very well done to both Olivia and Rachel!
FORMER STUDENT NEWS...
Many congratulations to both Stacey McGuire and Joel Harper Jackson! Stacey is currently appearing in Wicked, and Joel in Beautiful - both in the West End - and both shows were award winners in the 2015 Olivier Awards.
DIDN'T ALL OUR STUDENTS DO WELL ?!
NOW READ ON...
Ben Mooney Romeo and Juliet English National Ballet Royal Albert Hall
Michael Anthony Keen We Will Rock You Dominium Theatre West End
Hot Stuff Leicester Curve
Chicago Royal Caribbean Productions
Stacey McGuire Wicked Apollo Victoria Theatre West End
Kevin McGuire We Will Rock You (ensemble) Dominium Theatre West End (Arlene Phillips)
Cats(Mr Mistoffelees) UK Tour
Fame (Goody) Shaftesbury Theatre West End
Steps Reunion Arena tour(Dancer) Arena Tour
Kade Ferraiolo Mamma Mia! (Pepper) World Tour
Oliver !(ensemble) UK Tour
The Mikado(ensemble) English National Opera (Johnathan Miller)
We Will Rock You Dominium Theatre West End (Arlene Phillips)
La Traviata(Matador) Royal Opera House
Rowan Mitchell The King and I Leicester Curve
Spirit of The Dance ; Puttin' on The Ritz; Missouri USA
Alex Thompson Rose Bruford College
George Nightingale Romanian National Ballet
Joel Harper-Jackson Beautiful The Carole King Musical Aldwych Theatre (West End)
Rent 20th Anniversary Tour No.1 Theatre / Arena Tour
Picture perfect ( Lead Role) St James Studio Theatre (West End)
Tom Cummings Swan Lake Matthew Bourne Company
Alex Pinder. West Side Story (swing) UK Tour
Liam Jennings. West Side Story (Moose Cover) UKTour
Sophie Gallie Principal of the Sophie Gallie Dance Academy, Chester.
Amy Hollins. Phantom of the Opera Her Majesty's Theatre Haymarket, West End
Swan lake English National Ballet
Daniel Dolan Bolshoi Ballet Academy Moscow
Lithuania National Ballet Company
Emma Roberts-Simms Phantom of the Opera (Meg Cover) UK Tour Cameron Mackintosh
Emma Dunbar. Sunday Night at the London Palladium(Featured Dancer) Really Useful Theatre Co.
Oscar White. Fourth Monkey Theatre Company Repertory Company
Caroline Crawley Phantom of the Opera UK Tour Cameron Mackintosh
The Snowman(Ice Princess) Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Edward Scissorhands(Bunny Munroe) Matthew Bourne Company
Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Cameron Mackintosh
Rebecca Crawley Finian's Rainbow Union Theatre, London
Sophie Stanton Coppelia(Scottish Dolls) Vienna Festival Ballet Tour
Sleeping Beauty(Songbird) Vienna Festival Ballet Tour
Naomi Bailey. SwanLake Peter Schaufuss The London Coliseum / UK Tour
King & I Leicester Curve / UK
Midnight Express Peter Schaufuss The London Coliseum
Matthew Powell. Phantom of the Opera(Lion Man) Her Majesty's Theatre West End
Romeo & Juliet English National Ballet
Alex Newton. Carousel (Louise) Opera North / Theatre du Chatelet
Rinaldo(Ensemble) Glynebourne Opera
The Sleeping Beauty(Ensemble) Birmingham Royal Ballet
Lindsay Jane Kearns Thirteen (Molly) National Youth Music Theatre
Jason Robert Brown
Jordan Li-Smith The Dreaming(Angel) National Youth Music Theatre
Oliver (Charlie Bates) Theatre Royal Drury Lane West End
Royal Academy of Music
Louis Jackman Oliver(Orphan) Theatre Royal Drury Lane West End
George Maycock Billy Elliot(Michael) Victoria Palace Theatre West End
Emily Sutcliffe Sleeping Beauty Birmingham Royal Ballet
Eleanor Waite Phantom of the Opera (Meg Giry) Singapore Cameron Mackintosh
Rebecca Collins. Waterloo Road (Lecturer) BBC 1 Lime Pictures
Joe Golby. London's Burning(Looter/Stunts) ITV
Robin Hood (Archer) Universal Pictures
Emma Dodds. Coppelia Birmingham Royal Ballet
David Edwards National Youth Theatre Slick - Sheffield
Fresh Meat (Stevie) Channel 4
The Snow Queen (Kai) Theatre in The Quarter
Alice ( Cheshire Cat; Knave of Hearts; White Knight) Theatre in The Quarter
Tiny Giants ( Schools Tour)
James Liley Mamma Mia! UK Tour
Fia Houston-Hamilton Bare - The Musical Greenwich Theatre
Helen Mitchell. Warner Leisure(Dancer/Vocalist)
Jessica Coleridge Warner Leisure Hotels(Dancer/Vocalist)
Ben Tyas P&O Cruises Oriana(Vocalist/Dancer) Oriana
Daisy Twells Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Sewer Child; Governess Child; Mini Spy) UK Tour
Green Balloon Club (Singer) BBC CBEEBIES
Charlotte McKelvie Royal Premiere Cruise (vocalist)
Snow White(Snow White) New Pantomime Productions
Emily Love Warner Leisure Hotels(Singer/Dancer)
Natasha Logan Les Charmettes(Vocalist)
Akshay Gulati National Youth Theatre 2012 Olympics
Lemuel Knights Guildford School of Acting
The Voice BBC TV
Chloe Davies Mountview Theatre School
Sam Baker University of Exeter (Drama)
Ben Heseltine Disney(Dancer/character) Disneyland Paris
Fiona Stewart Disneyland Paris(Dancer/Character) Disneyland Paris
Kelsie Rae Marshall Divas(Dancer/Singer) Playlist Productions Miami USA
Liam Pentland Zingzillas CBBC
Unlikely Hero(Dancer) Hoosiers Music Video
Tony Eccles. King Richard II True North Productions Television
James Morgan Red Hot Broadway Spirit Productions China Tour
Swan lake London Dance Limited
Cruise Jean Ann Ryan(Dancer) Jean Ann Ryan
Lord of The Flies Matthew Bourne Company
Chrissie Homer The Daily Fail Untold Theatre Company
Laura Gregory Snow White(Snow White) Epstein Theatre
Sharif Afifi. Cinderella(Prince Charming) Arc Theatre Company
Rent (Ensemble) Greenwich Theatre
Chicago(Sgt. Fogarty u/s Amos Hart) Royal Caribbean Productions
Amy Carey. Thursford Christmas Spectacular (Dancer/Irish Soloist)
Leah Frain. Cruise(Dancer) Qdos Entertainment
Billy Cruse. Click 22(Backing Dancer)
Louise Denvir. Far From Over(Dancer) Carnival Cruise Lines
BalletSeduccion Les Belles Duval
Beth Lianne. Santa Claus The Musical Playhouse Productions Ltd
Emily O'Shea. Cruise (dancer) Carnival Cruise Lines
Willy Horng. Cruise (dancer) Costa Cruise Lines
Emma Shenton. Call Me Madam(Swing) Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Lisa Todd. 42nd Street Stage Entertainment
FORMER HAMMOND STUDENTS - IF YOUR NAME IS NOT ON THIS LIST AND YOU WANT TO TELL THE WORLD OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS - PLEASE LET US KNOW !
Hammond Dance Student wins Stage Scholarship!
Hammond Dance Student Hope Evans has won a prestigious scholarship from The Stage Newspaper to enable her to continue her studies at D&B Performing Arts College in Bromley, Kent. The scholarship will cover her 3 year Musical Theatre course at the College.
The Stage Newspaper will feature Hope in print and on their website and is seen as not just a financial award, but also a fantastic industry stepping stone.
Many congratulations to Hope, and good luck in your future career!
Hammond Student secures role in hit musical!
Hammond Musical Theatre student, Joel
Harper-Jackson, last seen as Ubaldo Piangi in The
Hammond's recent production of The Phantom of The
Opera, will soon be performing in in the 'Rent
20th Anniversary Concert Tour' with JP productions. Celebrating 20
years since its first staged performance, West End and Broadway
leading lady Kerry Ellis stars with runner up of ITV's Superstar
Rory Taylor in this iconic concert of the smash-hit musical
Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this musical has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, the show follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
The tour will begin for one night only at Manchester Opera House on 25th of April before moving on to The Liverpool Echo Arena on 27th April and other Theatres around the UK.!
FROM CHESTER TO MOSCOW
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HAMMOND STUDENT DANIEL DOLAN AS HE GRADUATES FROM THE BOLSHOI
The Hammond now has two former students who have been chosen to continue their training in Moscow with The Bolshoi Academy.
Daniel Dolan has now graduated from this prestigious establishment , while Alice Cunningham has spent a term in Moscow, and is now continuing her training at Elmhurst School for Dance in Birmingham.
We congratulate both students on their extraordinary achievements and wish them luck in their future careers.