Published 24/5/23 3:40pm
‘Strictly’ stars inspire next generation!
Our lucky Musical Theatre and Dance students were treated to an unforgettable experience as performers from Strictly Ballroom: The Musical took a break from touring and brought the glitz and glamour of ballroom dancing to life The MGA Academy of Performing Arts last week!
Kevin Clifton, BBC Strictly Come Dancing star, along with cast members Poppy Blackledge and MGA’s very own Musical Theatre graduate Kieran Cooper led an exclusive and energetic samba masterclass. It was a fantastic opportunity for MGA students to engage and learn from renowned professionals who shared techniques, knowledge, and valuable insights into the audition process.
Kevin said: “I loved being at MGA because we weren’t just trying to teach a bit of dancing and the technique behind it but also show the students the audition process. For our show, it takes a lot of letting go in terms of everyone’s inhibitions and really going for it in the room. I feel everyone really committed to it which was really lovely to see.
“To be honest at that age I probably wouldn’t have committed to letting go like that, so it was
really great to see and it’s been great to spend time with such a talented bunch.”
Our students had the privilege of learning from Poppy, a talented performer and integral part of the Strictly Ballroom: The Musical cast, and were delighted to welcome back BA (Hons) Musical Theatre graduate Kieran. Kieran’s journey to performing in such a prestigious production showcases where the exceptional training and opportunities provided by MGA can lead!
Kieran said: “I started MGA in 2013 to study the Musical theatre course, graduating in 2016. I really enjoyed my time there, mainly because everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I had never sung or danced before but everyone was just so encouraging, looking back I can honestly say they were some of the best years of my life.
“It was great to bring Kevin and Poppy from Strictly Ballroom along and we did a little samba routine from the beginning of the show, and everyone was amazing. I knew the talent level at MGA is high, but we were shocked at just how good the students were today. Everyone was amazing and it’s been great fun.”
Current MGA Musical Theatre student Reece Hannah said: “It was a truly incredible experience to have Kevin, Poppy, and Kieran here at MGA. Learning from industry professionals and seeing Kieran’s journey from MGA to performing in this production was truly inspiring. It has motivated me to pursue my dreams with even greater passion and determination.”
This visit reinforces MGA’s reputation as a leading institution for Performing Arts education that provides a platform for aspiring performers to remain in Scotland while studying at a level equivalent to prestigious London colleges. This year we move headquarters to a dedicated 30,000 square foot campus in Livingston, allowing us to triple our student intake and expand our educational programme, offering even more opportunity for students to start their professional journeys.