Achievements of Past and Present Students
We have had several students win scholarships to the Sylvia Young Theatre School, probably the country's leading children's school for the performing arts. These include Lauren and Alex Bird who, before leaving JMDS for Sylvia Young, appeared regularly in West End musicals, including Les Miserables, in which both girls played the part of the young Cosette. Alex went on to train at the London Studio Centre and has appeared in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
More recently Nancy Allsop, 14, also won a scholarship to Sylvia Young. While at JMDS she won the lead role in God Bless the Child at the Royal Court and the part of Marta in the Indonesia and China touring production of The Sound of Music. In May 2017 she was cast as July and Annie understudy in the West End production of Annie, starring Miranda Hart.
Joanne Stobbs and Syanne Day successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School's Junior Associate programme.
We currently have ex students Daisy Bishop and Erin McGlinchey pursuing degrees in dance at the London Studio Centre. Past pupils Alex Bird, Jo Stobbs, Samantha Turton and Dani Acors also qualified there. At the British Arts Awards 2017 JMDS students Louis Parkins, 17, and Ayla Clare, 14, were scouted by the college.
Ayla also performed in the 2016 season of the English National Ballet's production of The Nutcracker.
Dani Acors, a successful musical theatre actress, most recently appeared as a debutante in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.
Samantha Turton performs continually in musical theatre in Germany. From January 2017 she performed in Tanz der Vampire (Dance of The Vampires) in St Gallen as Ensemble/Dance Captain.
Former head girl Jo Redburn went on to train at Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey and undertook engagements in South Africa, Sweden and on an American cruise ship. Jo also won leading roles in the UK tours of 42nd Street and appeared with Shane Ritchie in Boogie Nights, on tour and in the West End.
Syanne Day and Natasha Chung went on to Elmhurst School of Dance. Syanne Day is now with the English National Ballet.
Joley Brindle received a first class degree in Theatre and Professional Practice at Coventry University. She now runs Flametree Productions.
Sam Chung started his dance training at JMDS, won a scholarship to Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and was also an associate of the Royal Ballet School. He has performed with the National Youth Ballet, Ballet Black, Saltzburg Ballet Company and Tarzan the Musical in Germany. He is now in Hamburg’s production of Aladdin The Musical.
Dulcie Allsop, 11, will start at Tring Park in September 2017. Current student Ayla Clare already attends.
Natasha Chung had a fully funded place at the Bejart School in Lausanne, Switzerland. As a student, she performed on the UK tour with Birmingham Royal Ballet and with Bejart Ballet in Milan. She also performed as a TV backing dancer with Beyonce. She has been a rehearsal assistant and costume designer for the National Youth Ballet.
JMDS pupils appear with the National Youth Ballet, the English Youth Ballet and the London Children's Ballet. We also have students studying extra ballet at the Tring Park Academy and the London Junior Ballet.
Nicola and Lauren Coker Gordon appeared with the National Youth Ballet for 11 consecutive years.
Lisa Bridge has been in Bend It Like Beckham and the West End production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In 2017 she joined the cast of 42nd Street.
Lucy Jones is an entertainment reporter for ITV and a producer and editor.
Lili Nikolic, 17, won a scholarship to the Doreen Bird College while she was still only 16.
Georgia Long is in full-time dance training at Stella Mann College.
Eloise Ward, 16, and Tegan Bushby, 18, will start full-time training at the Margaret Howard Theatre College in September 2017. Past student Lewis Sanders, now successfully pursuing a career in performing arts, also studied there.