The danSing Studio, established in March 2007, provides specialist Musical Theatre training in the North of England for promising young performers.
Musical Theatre uniquely embraces elements of singing, acting and dance which are often taught separately. At danSing, however, all three skills are integrated and taught by experienced professionals working side by side. This enables danSing not only to increase an individual’s ability in all three disciplines but also to teach the integration of the skills so that they become a triple-threat performer.
danSing has had substantial success through integrated team teaching and workshops with industry professionals. Students achieve excellent results in solo and group festival performances; attain distinctions in London College of Music examinations at all levels; appear in West End musicals and National Tours; feature in TV dramas and soap operas; gain places at prestigious colleges of performing arts; perform with the National Youth Music Theatre and are shining lights in their own school productions. danSing’s glee group “Great Expectations” were finalists in CBBC’s Sports Relief Does Glee.
At the danSing Studio, repertoire is carefully chosen and arranged to feature and highlight the strengths of all students. From Music Hall to Menken and McFly, danSing excels in a diversity of musical styles and genres. The group has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity performing at prestigious venues including Harrogate International Conference Centre with Lenny Henry, Leeds Town Hall and the Royal Hall in Harrogate for Action for Children. In June 2015, danSing hosted a charity concert for Shine at the Harrogate Theatre, sharing the stage with Jonathan Ansell and other guests from the world of music. The group gave a charity Christmas concert in December 2015 with guest soloist, Mike Lovatt, lead trumpet with the renowned John Wilson Orchestra.
2016 was an extremely successful year for danSing’s senior group which won the American Musical Theatre Academy’s worldwide competition for ensemble performance and was nominated for an Innovation Award at the Music for Youth National Finals in Brimingham. In June 2016, danSing performed at a celebration for the Queen’s 90th birthday and one week later opened a Midsummer Ball for the Friends of Alfie Matin charity. In December, danSing performers took to the stage with renowned flautist, Simeon Wood, and BBC “Let It Shine” finalist, Bradley Johnson, in a festive charity performance hosted by Emmerdale’s Matthew Bose and ITV News Presenter, Christine Talbot.
In June 2017, danSing once again hosted a star-studded charity evening at the Harrogate Theatre, performing with the legendary comedy duo, Cannon and Ball.
Most recently, in 2018, pupils of danSing’s Musical Director, Helen Leaf, went into West End and National Tour productions. Amara Okereke is playing Cosette in the West End production of Les Misérables. This performance has earned her a nomination in The Stage Debut Awards 2018. Former danSing senior, Hollie-Ann Lowe, is playing Gloria in the National Tour of Flashdance and Robyn McIntyre played the lead in Bring It On at Southwark Playhouse, performing in front of the composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.