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Ben Harris

JAZZ
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Ben trained at the Hammond School, Chester

 

Theatre work includes: The Winter’s Tale and The Life Of Galileo at the Library Theatre Manchester; the Disney musical AIDA in Germany; Joel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Theatre Royal (west end). Gus and understudying Tony Manero and Bobby C in the Asian tour of Saturday Night Fever; Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre (West End) covering the role of Sonny. Understudying Ren in Footloose, UK Tour; Never Forget (Take That Musical) UK Tour covering and playing Jose and Ron Freeman; 'Hot Stuff' Leicester Curve; 'Coronation Street' Arena Tour; 'Dirty Dancing' Aldwych Theatre (west end) and UK Tour; 'Anything Goes' Kilworth House; 'Dance Til’ Dawn' Aldwych Theatre (west end) and UK tour.

 

TV credits include: Justin in Children's Ward (Granada TV); George in The Grand (Granada TV), Prime Suspect (ITV1) and Cracker (ITV1).

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Hazel Gold

BALLET
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Hazel trained at the Royal Ballet School. She initially performed as a classical dancer as a soloist with various companies, and in shows including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Coppélia (Vienna Festival Ballet), Rhythm of the Dance and Spirit of the Dance. Hazel later moved into contemporary dance and dance theatre, working with many choreographers including Matthew Bourne (New Adventures), Will Tuckett (Pinocchio and Mole in Wind in the Willows), Wayne McGregor and Kim Brandstrup. Opera dance credits include the Royal Opera’s Iphigenie en Tauride, Don Giovanni and soloist in Die Frau Ohne Schatten, ENO’s Rigoletto and La Traviata and Glyndebourne’s Rinaldo. Commercially, Hazel has worked with Basement Jaxx and The Spinto Band and has advertised Telenor Mobile Phones.

 

Hazel has worked as movement director, choreographer and assistant director for many dance and opera productions at Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera and the Iford Festival. She has taught internationally, and is currently teaching for London Studio Centre and Bird College as well as working as rehearsal director for the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain.

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Jo Meredith

CONTEMPORARY
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Jo trained at London Studio Centre and the London Contemporary Dance School. She has worked for dance companies including National Dance Company Wales (formerly Diversions), Maiden Voyage and Combination Dance and as a freelance artist for choreographers including Drew McOnie, Lucy Burge, Kate Flatt, Adam Hougland and Susie Crow. She took part in the UK tour and Broadway transfer of Didy Veldmanʼs Peter and the Wolf and was part of Wayne McGregorʼs Dancelines programme at the Royal Opera House. Last year she was swing on Will Tuckettʼs Wind in the Willows at the Linbury Studio Theatre and is delighted to be returning for the showʼs West End transfer.

 

Her career as a dancer is paralleled by a career as a choreographer and her work has been performed at venues including Sadlers Wells, The Place; Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Blue Elephant, The South Bank Centre, The Bridewell Theatre, The Arcola, St James’s Piccadilly and Christ Church Spitalfields. In 2010 she created movement and choreography for the National Youth Balletʼs production of The Rainbow Bear based on a story by Michael Morpurgo with music by Stephen Barlow and narration by Joanna Lumley which was performed at The London Palladium.

 

Her work as a movement director includes One Hundred Shining Hearts produced by Switchback Productions at The Palace Theatre Southend and Touching Distance - The Yard both directed by Oliver Lamford. I Caught Crabs in Walberswick - Linbury Studio Theatre, LAMDA directed by Phil Omerod. Donnyʼs Brain - Hampstead Theatre Downstairs directed by Anna Ledwich. Cosi Fan Tutte directed by Jenny Miller and Siegfried and Gotterdammerung directed by Alan Privett for Longborough Festival Opera.

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Michael Peters

STREET DANCE
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Michael was brought up in Newquay Cornwall where he started dancing at the age of 13 and studied at Truro College gaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts. He then went onto studying at Stella Mann College, graduating in 2007. On the commercial dance scene, Michael has performed on the X-Factor and has danced with Little Mix.

 

Crossing over into musical theatre, Michael made his first west end debut as Thad in original London cast of Hairspray. Since then he has also appeared in musicals in London such as Ghost The Musical and The Book of Mormon.

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David Preston-Butler

SINGING
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David trained at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He has since worked in a variety of theatre and musical productions. These include: Scottish Opera, Mettlenberg Opera, FAME! (West End), Les Miserables (West End), The Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, and international arts festivals such as Brighton, Warwick and Arundel. David also composes music for TV and film.

 

David has taught at The BRIT School, Urdang Academy, Italia Conti Theatre Arts, London Theatre School and Fine Arts College London. He is a regular vocal coach for many leading West End stars, X-Factor/The Voice finalists, as well as commercial recording artists, including the likes of Amy Winehouse and Zara McFarlane.

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Cris Penfold

Head of LSC Juniors
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Cris trained at London Studio Centre and apart from currently teaching jazz and tap for LSC, the BBO and various other venues, Cris is Head of Saturday Programmes at LSC running LSC Juniors, the Saturday Associate Programme and Summer School.

 

Choreography and assistant credits include: Anything Goes and The Wizard of Oz (Wyvern Theatre, Swindon), Fame (Orchard Theatre, Dartford), LazyTown Live! The Pirate Adventure (UK tour), Dick Whittington (Milton Keynes Theatre) and Cinderella (Theatre Royal, Plymouth).

 

Performing credits include Toad in The Wind in the Willows (Royal Opera House/West End), West Side Story (UK tour), We Will Rock You (Vienna and Zurich), On The Town (London Coliseum), Death In Venice (London Coliseum/ENO) and Oliver! (London Palladium).

 

Film credits include Rush and Muppets Most Wanted.