Urdang Academy

Winny Herbert

Graduation year 2017
Area of Study Diploma, Track A
Specialty Triple Threat
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‘I felt like I was in a dance movie like Step Up or Honey…’

Winny was working in a donut and bagel shop in Rotterdam in The Netherlands at the age of 21, when a friend told him he was headed to London for the weekend to audition for a dance and musical theatre academy, the Urdang Academy. Having grown up in a family of performers, Winny had long been passionate about dancing and he enjoyed dancing ‘on the side’ as a hobby but he had never chased the dream, he never thought he would.

Despite having three good reasons not to audition for Urdang – it was another country, another language, and he’d be auditioning without the benefit of a high level of training – Winny felt this was a time in his life when he should do something for himself. ‘Too old’ to enter dance schools in The Netherlands, Winny decided to join his friend for a weekend audition at Urdang Academy.

"Walking into the Great Hall was… magnificent. I felt like I was in a dance movie like Step Up or Honey"

Winny Herbert

Diploma, Track A

Winny auditioned successfully and was admitted to the diploma course, alongside his friend who first encouraged him to audition at Urdang. Far from home and his family, he found a second family in the students and staff at Urdang.

Winny thought he’d focus solely on dance, but Urdang is a school renowned for creating versatile performers and instead, Urdang has helped Winny to train across all three disciplines of acting, singing and dance. After training with industry professional tutors for three years and playing a dream role in RENT, Winny has become a triple threat performer and has his eyes set on performing in the West End after graduation.

“Urdang is special because it is full out: it is intense and it requires drive. It shapes you into a whole new diamond… and London is a ride”.

"The atmosphere at Urdang is lovely, warm and friendly. It’s a real blessing to be around performers because everyone is so open and so talented"

Winny Herbert

Diploma, Track A

Key Dates

Open Days & Auditions 2019/2020

Open days

Open Days for 2020 entry will be announced later in the year

Auditions

Auditions will run between November 2019 and April 2020.
Please check this page for further details over the summer.

Term Dates 2019/2020

Degree First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Reading Week
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 18th May 2020

Show Ends
Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Degree Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Friday 20th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Reading Week
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 18th May 2020

Show Ends
Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Degree Third year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Thursday 2nd January 2020 to Saturday 16th May 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Diploma First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2020
Term Three (incl. Summer Show)
Monday 18th May 2020 to Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Diploma Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2020
Term Three (incl. Summer Show)
Monday 18th May 2020 to Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Diploma Third year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2019
Term Two
Thursday 2nd January 2020 to Saturday 16th May 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2019
Term Three
Monday 18th May 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Foundation

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 22nd May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

AVT First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

AVT Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

Performances 2018/2019

Summer School/Pre Audition Courses 2019/2020

Summer School

Monday 29th July 2019 – Friday 2nd August 2019
Monday 5th August 2019 – Friday 9th August 2019

Pre Audition

Summer 2019
Monday 22nd July 2019 - Friday 26th July 2019
Monday 5th August 2019 - Friday 9th August 2019

Autumn 2019
Monday 21st October 2019 - Friday 25th October 2019

Applications

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Urdang Academy. Unfortunately, online applications for 2019 entry are now closed.

  

If you would like to make a late application please email admissions@theurdang.london and we can send you details of how to prepare a video audition for us. We cannot guarantee a place on your chosen course at this time.

  

Online applications and registration for Open Days for 2020 entry will go live in August. You can still register your contact details here in advance of this. Auditions will run between November 2019 and April 2020. Please check our Key Dates page for further details over the summer.

  

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