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Our History

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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. Our graduates are highly sought after by the industry, many get roles in leading West End shows.

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 & Auditions 2020/2021

Open days

Open days
Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we cannot guarantee we will be able to host any Open Days for 2021 entry at Urdang. We are planning on some exciting alternative arrangements to allow you to experience our facilities.

Please keep an eye on the website and social media for updates.

If you have any further enquiries please email admissions@theurdang.london

Auditions

Auditions
Urdang online applications for 2021 entry for all our full-time courses will go live in September.

Details of our audition process will be available on our website soon.

Please email the College Administrator, Will Bird, on will@theurdang.london if you have any further queries.

Term Dates 2020/2021

Degree First year

Autumn 2020
Registration
Tuesday 1 September 2020

Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Reading Week
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Reading Week
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 may 2021

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Degree Second year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 18 December 2020

Reading Week
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Reading Week
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 may 2021

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Degree Third year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Reading Week
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Thursday 7 January 2021 – Saturday 27 March 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

Graduate Showcase Rehearsals
Monday 29 March 2021 – Tuesday 11 May 2021

Graduation Showcase
Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Saturday 22 May 2021

Third Year Classes
Tuesday 2 June 2021 – Friday 18 June 2021

Graduation Ceremony
Sunday 20 June 2021

Diploma First year

Autumn 2020
Registration
Tuesday 1 September 2020

Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Term One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Term Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 2 May 2020

Half Term
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 may 2021

Summer Show (Optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Diploma Second year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Term One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Term Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Half Term
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Summer Show
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Summer Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Diploma Third year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Term One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Term Two
Thursday 7 January 2021 – Saturday 27 March 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

Summer 2021
Term Three
Monday 29 March 2021 – Tuesday 11 May 2021

Graduation Showcase
Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Saturday 22 May 2021

Graduation Ceremony
Sunday 20 June 2021

AVT/Foundation

Autumn 2020
Registration
Wednesday 2 September 2020

Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 – Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 18 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Half Term
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

Performances 2021

Graduate Showcase

Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Saturday 22 May 2021
Agents Day
Tuesday 1 June 2021

Graduation Ceremony
Sunday 20 June 2021

First and Second Year Summer show

Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Urdang Live! Summer 2020

Virtual Taster Day

Friday 17 July 2020

Online Pre-Audition Intensive

Monday 27 July - Friday 31 July 2020

Online Summer School - Musical Theatre

Monday 03 August - Friday 07 August 2020

Online Summer School - Commercial/Street Dance

Monday 10 August - Friday 14 August 2020

Applications

Urdang Academy is currently closed due to COVID-19 and aims to reopen in September, in accordance with government guidance.

Log-in here if you have already made an application and need to respond to an offer. 

Applications for 2020 Entry

Unfortunately, Urdang will no longer be accepting applications and video submissions for our full-time courses for 2020 entry.

If you have already paid for an audition, but have not been able to film a video in time, please email us to request a refund of your audition fee with the name of the person who paid for it.

Applications for 2021 Entry

UCAS is now open for applications for our BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre for 2021 entry. You will need to use the following codes:

Course Code: W4UA
Institution Code: B32 (UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM)
Campus Name: URDANG ACADEMY
Campus Code: U

Urdang online applications for 2021 for all our full-time courses will go live in September. Details of our audition process and news on open days will be available later in the year.

If you require further information please email admissions@theurdang.london.

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