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Urdang Academy

Urdang was founded in the 1970s in the midst of the Apartheid, a time of unmatched racial segregation and great social upheaval. It is no coincidence that Urdang’s founding and current ethos & values stand in stark contrast to the ethos and values held by much of the developed world during this time.

Having witnessed the effects that the incredulous Apartheid had on people of all social classes, skin colours, backgrounds and ethnicities – particularly black people from the diverse countries of Africa – Leonie Urdang moved to London to escape the permeating Apartheid rhetoric of inequality and exclusiveness.

The desire to live in a more fair, equitable and inclusive society that first brought Leonie to London long remained Leonie’s core belief and in 1970, she carried this belief forward, applying it to something she loved so dearly, dance. When Leonie Urdang started Urdang Academy in 1970 her vision was to break barriers that segregated the dance world, which at that time only accepted a particular type of person with a certain look. Miss Urdang looked beyond the surface and saw the individual, laying this as the founding ethos of her school, Urdang Academy.

The only thing that has changed since then is that the theatre world has caught up with that vision. Increasingly shows are about characters and personalities – dancers that can sing or singer-actors that can dance – and the performers in demand are those whose personality (combined with talent) shine out.
As the rhetoric surrounding inequality and exclusiveness strengthens once again in the world around us, Urdang Academy’s founding vision of diversity and inclusivity remains. With Solange Urdang at the helm since 2001, Urdang Academy has stayed true to its founding vision, constantly seeking opportunities to revitalise and cement this vision in new and exciting ways.

Urdang is now recognised as one of the UK’s finest performing arts colleges with an international reputation. Over 95% of recent graduates are working in the industry, many in lead West End roles.

We spot potential performers and give them a training and environment that develops and refines their technique and performance skills.

Solange Urdang, CEO

Key Dates

Open Days

Friday 19th January 2018 (fully booked)
please contact us on admissions@theurdang.london to be added to our waiting list

Auditions

Sunday 21st January 2018

Sunday 28th January 2018

Monday 12th February 2018

Tuesday 13th February 2018

Wednesday 14th February 2018

Thursday 15th February 2018

Monday 19th February 2018

Tuesday 20th February 2018

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Sunday 20th May

Recall auditions will be held between March and May 2018

Summer Courses

Summer School with English as a second language
Monday 16th July - Friday 20th Jully 2018

Pre Audition Course
Monday 23rd July - Friday 27th July 2018

Summer School
Monday 30th July - Friday 3rd August 2018

Performances

Third Year Musicals
Friday 9th February - Saturday 3rd March 2018

Move It
Friday 16th March - Sunday 18th March 2018

Link Graduate Showcase
Friday 20th April 2018 (closed agents show)

Graduate Revue
Thursday 21st June & Friday 22nd June 2018

Degree Course Term Dates 2017/2018

Degree First Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Monday 4th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Semester Two
Thursday 11th January 2018 to Friday 11th May 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 23rd February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Monday 2nd April 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 7th May 2018

Summer 2018 (Optional)
Performance Term
Monday 14th May 2018 to Sunday 1st July 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Summer Show Rehearsals | Tech/Dress
Monday 14th May 2018 to Thursday 28th June 2018

Performance Term
Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Degree Second Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Thursday 7th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Semester Two
Tuesday 9th January 2018 to Friday 11th May 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to
Friday 23rd February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Monday 2nd April 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 7th May 2018

Summer 2018 (Optional)
Performance Term
Monday 14th May 2018 to Sunday 1st July 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Degree Third Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Thursday 7th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Semester Two
Monday 8th January 2018 to Saturday 21st April 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Monday 2nd April 2018

Summer 2018 (Optional)
Performance Term
Tuesday 8th May 2018 to Friday 22nd June 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Diploma Course Term Dates 2017/2018

Diploma First Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Monday 4th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Semester Two
Thursday 11th January 2018 to Friday 11th May 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 23rd February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Monday 2nd April 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 7th May 2018

Summer 2018
Semester Three
Monday 14th May 2018 to Sunday 1st July 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Diploma Second Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Semester Two
Thursday 11th January 2018 to Friday 11th May 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 23rd February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Monday 2nd April 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 7th May 2018

Summer 2018
Semester Three
Monday 14th May 2018 to Sunday 1st July 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Diploma Third Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Thursday 7th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Foundation Course Term Dates 2017/2018

Foundation

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Wednesday 6th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Term One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Term Two
Thursday 11th January 2018 to Monday 23rd April 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 16th February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Tuesday 3rd April 2018

AVT Course Term Dates 2017/2018

AVT

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Wednesday 6th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Term One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Term Two
Thursday 11th January 2018 to Monday 23rd April 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 16th February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Tuesday 3rd April 2018

Summer 2018
Term Three
Tuesday 14th May 2018 to Thursday 14th June 2018

(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OCR EXAMINATION WINDOW LASTS UNTIL THE END OF JUNE. ALL AVT STUDENTS MUST BE AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF JUNE)

Applications

Welcome to Urdang Academys online application system. Here you can apply and manage your:

  • Open day
  • Application for full-time course and
  • Auditions

At each stage we will e-mail you to notify you where you are in the application process and what steps you need to take next.

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