Urdang Academy
Nathan James

Nathan James

Role Director of Higher Education Programmes
Department Degree & Academic Studies
Faculty

Nathan James MA (Dist.) Fellow and Examiner ISTD, FIDTA, ANATD, MBBO, Cert FE, MSET (QTLS) trained in the Midlands and has worked in a variety of areas as a dancer/singer.

He has danced aboard ships for Celebrity and Princess Cruise Lines and performed in several pantomimes for QDOS Entertainment at the Birmingham Hippodrome.  Nathan toured the UK in Copacabana and Hello Dolly and his last professional appearance was in the Broadway revival of 42nd Street in Stuttgart, Germany.

Nathan gained his DTLLS qualification from the BBO in 2009 and was granted Qualified Teacher Status from the Institute of Learning.  Nathan was awarded an MA with Distinction from Middlesex University in 2010 focusing on teacher training in the Vocational Sector.  Since 2012, he has been studying for a PhD in Dance with the University of Roehampton and has just submitted his thesis.   As a teacher, Nathan specialised in tap and musical theatre dance subjects and has taught at many vocational colleges in the UK.  He regularly attends workshops and masterclasses in New York and California.  In 2015,  Nathan was appointed as a Modern and Tap Examiner for the ISTD and is now part of the teaching team for the tap faculty.  He has been an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2007 and is part of the adjudicating panel for All England Dance.

Nathan has worked at the Urdang Academy since 2008 initially teaching tap and jazz and choreographing for productions.  He was appointed to the role of Head of Contextual Studies and oversaw the development of the Level 6 diploma academic modules to support the practical elements of the course.   Nathan devised and taught several modules on the original degree course and was appointed as Head of Degree in June 2016.  As Director of HE Programmes, Nathan is now responsible for the management and overseeing of all HE provisions in the college. He is keen to bridge the gap between training as performance practitioners with the ability to develop strong analytical and research skills.

Key Dates

Auditions

Monday 19th February 2018

Tuesday 20th February 2018

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Sunday 13th May 2018

Sunday 20th May 2018

Recall and funding auditions will be held between February and May 2018. Our final funding audition will be held on Sunday 20th 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

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