University Centre students swap Hollywood for Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 April 2017

UCW welcomed students from LA to take part in their courses.

UCW welcomed students from LA to take part in their courses.


University Centre Weston (UCW) welcomed students from the home of Hollywood this week as part of a new partnership with an American theatre school.

Six students from the Relativity School in Los Angeles were given a taste of what it is like to study – and perform – in Weston. The school has its own Hollywood studio and offers teaching from industry professionals.

The American performers are studying contemporary musical theatre and commercial dance across the pond but joined UCW’S musical theatre, performing arts and commercial dance students in lectures and took part in a host of practical activities.

Not only did they play their part in producing a music video in Bristol, they also performed alongside Weston’s performing talent at the Move It! exhibition in London, which is a huge dance event in the capital.

Sylvia Lane, UCW’s curriculum co-ordinator for musical theatre, said: “We were delighted and privileged to welcome visitors from such a fantastic institution and can’t wait to see how the partnership evolves in the months ahead.”

This partnership will continue over the next month as UCW students will get a chance to visit California.

There are also exciting plans in motion for later this year.

The hope is a joint digital performance with the students from the United States will be established soon.

Lisa Mandel, director of operations at The Relatively School, said: “We are very open to collaboration at Relativity, so when Sylvia got in touch we were very excited to get involved.

“Everyone at UCW made our students feel welcome and immediately integrated us into their programme and environment.”

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