On Thursday 16 June our dancers were pushed out of their comfort zone by taking part in a musical theatre/dance workshop led by West End professional Sam Wilmott.
Nineteen students from years 8-11 were put through their paces learning three routines in just two hours. The routines were ones they use in the real auditions for the hit musical, Wicked. Each routine utilised choreography from different scenes throughout the musical and aim to challenge even the most versatile of dancers. The routines were taught at an industry pace; movements were only shown a handful of times before the dancers were expected to memorise them. Both the event organiser, Ann Abe (Dance Vibez), and Sam said they were impressed at the students ability to learn and retain the choreography in such a short amount of time. Part of the routine can be seen on our YouTube page.
Sam graduated from Millennium Performing Arts College in London and throughout his career has appeared in West End productions including Oliver, War Horse, Lord of the Rings, Dr Doolittle and of course, Wicked. Sam treated the students to a Q&A session where he discussed his training, audition experiences, professional etiquette and industry obstacles.