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New Launch and New Patron for Urdang Associates

11 Sep 2020

Urdang Academy Announces Stephanie Pope to become Patron of Urdang Associates as it relaunches in September 2020.

Urdang Academy, London’s leading training establishment in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre has today announced that Stephanie Pope, Ex-Principal and Director of Urdang Academy has been appointed as Patron of Urdang Associates from September 2020.

Urdang Associates, which has recently rebranded and relaunched, is a professional dance and musical theater training for performers aged from 8 – 18. Developed exclusively for the next generation of musical theatre and dance performers, It is an opportunity for each participant to be trained by some of the best in the industry so that each Associate can stellify into the best version of themselves as a performer.

Urdang Associates offers training in Dance and Musical Theatre for ambitious and talented young performers who wish to take their pre-vocational training to the next level. The programme is a unique opportunity to receive professional level training and work alongside other like-minded, talented and highly motivated students and to experience masterclasses with visiting industry specialists and established Urdang faculty, all within a working college environment.

Whilst open to everyone, Urdang Associates is a selective course, and only a limited number of places are made available each year to the most talented applicants who show true potential to have a career in theatre.

Stephanie Pope, returns to the Associates programme after having been a founder member of the programme over 20 years ago.

Stephanie who has enjoyed a lengthy career as a performer, educator and Urdang College principal comments “I am thrilled to be appointed Patron of Urdang Associates and look forward to guiding and leading the team to deliver an exceptional and unparalleled opportunity for young people who aspire to a career as a performer in professional dance or musical theatre. “

After graduating from Rambert Ballet School, Stephanie performed as a classical dancer as well as pursuing a successful career in the West End and Television. When

she retired as a performer, Stephanie’s love for teaching led her to study and graduate from the Professional Dancers’ Course at the Royal Academy of Dance, where she gained the qualification of ARAD (dip PDTC). She went on to take up the position of Resident Ballet Teacher at the renowned vocational school, Bush Davies. Stephanie then took up the post of Senior Ballet Teacher at The Hong Kong Academy feeder school to The Hong Kong Ballet Company. On her return to England she joined the Urdang Academy as Head of Students and after Leonie Urdang’s sad death she was appointed as College Principal.

Whilst working as College Principal Stephanie was often invited to give lectures on Vocational Teaching Practice to both the Royal Academy of Dance and the British Ballet Organisation. She was also asked to adjudicate many nationwide dance and musical theatre competitions which included the famous All England Dance Competition Finals held in London.