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Event posterFreeing the Dancer’s Voice

Sunday 18 March, 2018
Arts Educational School, Cone Ripman House, 14 Bath Road, Chiswick, London W4 1LY

A multidisciplinary day for dancers who sing and anyone who supports them.

From An American in Paris in New York and London, to the forthcoming production of Carousel in New York, and the removal of booth singers in shows such as Cats, increasing numbers of musical theatre dancer/singers are required to perform challenging dance routines whilst singing.

This event looks at the range of difficulties dancers can be faced with and how best to approach working together to support them.


  • Leanne Cope
    (Lise in An American in Paris, New York and London), First Artist with The Royal Ballet)
  • Ed Blake
    Specialist Physiotherapist
  • Laurann J Brown
    Voice and Speech Tutor
  • Mark Meylan
    Singing Teacher
  • Ron Morris
    Voice Specialist, Speech and Language Therapist
  • Christine Mottram
    Voice and Speech Tutor
  • Tommi Sliiden
    Osteopath, Researcher

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Provisional programme, may be subject to revision.

Registration (tea and coffee provided)

Housekeeping and introduction from Rebecca Schwarz

11.00 – 11.30
Challenges in Voice and Speech Training for the Musical Theatre Performer

Laurann J Brown and Christine Mottram will talk about their approach to working with the Music Theatre students at Arts Ed when integrating dance and singing.

11.30 – 12.15
Difficulties with having to sing and dance simultaneously – An M.Sc research in musical theatre performers’ breathing
Tommi Sliiden will describe his journey from classical dancer to working in the ensembles of many musicals, into Osteopathy and Performing Arts Medicine. He will then talk about his 2017 research paper (“An Evaluation of the Breathing Strategies and Maximum Phonation Time in Musical Theater Performers During Controlled Performance Tasks”) which was the first study of its kind.

12.15 – 13.00
Ed Blake - Title to follow

13.00 – 14.00
Lunch (not provided)

14.00 -15.30
Meeting the vocal needs of the professional dancer
A practical session with Mark Meylan and Ron Morris.

15.30 – 15.50
Tea/Coffee break

15.50 – 16.20
From First Artist with the Royal Ballet to the lead in An American in Paris on Broadway and the West End
Leanne Cope in discussion with Mark Meylan

Round table discussion with all speakers (still present) and Steve Elias hosted by Rebecca Schwarz



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Earlybird rate – for bookings made before 19th Feb 2018

  • Students: £50
  • Members: £75
  • Non-members: £95

Standard rate – for bookings made after 19th Feb 2018

  • Students: £60
  • Members: £90
  • Non-members: £110


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