A career in dance beckons for Jack

Jack Watling,fifth from left, with fellow students and lecturer Phil Watson-Smith, right
Jack Watling,fifth from left, with fellow students and lecturer Phil Watson-Smith, right
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A Banbury student has won a place at a prestigious vocational dance school.

Jack Watling, aged 17, is one of seven students studying Dance and Musical Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon College who have been accepted into London Studio Centre, in north London.

The students will spend three years on the BA Hons Theatre Dance course, training for careers as professional dancers.

The students were put through a two-stage auditioning process. During the initial audition, they were required to show their dance techniques in three different styles – ballet, contemporary and jazz.

They were then invited to a recall audition in which they were allowed to choose the specific style that best showed off their abilities as individuals.

Stratford-upon-Avon College has built up a great rapport with the London Studio Centre, through the efforts of lecturer Phil Watson-Smith, who is himself a professionally trained dancer and choreographer.

Mr Watson-Smith regularly takes students to open Events at the Centre and ensures that the Centre’s graduate company, Intoto, includes a visit to the college as part of its UK tour.

Mr Watson-Smith said: “I am absolutely delighted that these students have been successful in gaining a place at London Studio Centre, the place where I trained and gained my foundation skills in dance.

“These students have shown great progress in their time at Stratford-upon-Avon College and are very deserving of this offer and many others they have received.”