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Professional Students

CONGRATULATIONS TO ROSIE BENTHAM who is playing the roll of Gabbie in Emmerdale

Many congratulations to the following students who are now studying at full time vocational colleges:

Mollie McGugan (full scholarship) - Laine Theatre Arts
Fabiane Leame (full scholarship) - Bird College
Tom Hopcroft- Arts Educational London
Chloe Hopcroft- Urdang Academy
Harrison Dowzell- (full scholarship) - Performers College
Cora Vanaman- London Studio Centre
Saffron Murfin- London Studio Centre
Kate Bonar- Chichester College
Ashleigh Morris (full scholarship) - Performers College
Jessica Melbourne (full scholarship) - Bird College
Erin Keogh (full scholarship) - Liverpool Theatre Arts
Shayna McPherson - Urdang Academy
Emma Clowes (part scholarship) - Masters Performing Arts
Martha Harris (part scholarship) - Masters Performing Arts
Charlotte Burrows (part scholarship) - Masters Performing Arts
Ted Ball (full scholarship) - Expressions Academy
Hanna Bricklebank - Italia Conti
Sophie Linder-Lee
Training: Performers College.

Theatre includes: Standby 'Glinda' in Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and previously swing and understudy 'Glinda' in Wicked (Apollo Victoria); understudy 'Lisa' and ensemble in Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales); Silence! The Musical (Barons Court Theatre); lead vocalist on P&O Cruises (Stadium Theatre Company); singer/dancer in Broadway's Spirit of Christmas (US tour); Dance Captain on Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella (Towngate Theatre) and Dance Captain on Cinderella for QDOS. Rocky Horror Live Show September 2015.
Television includes: dancer on The X Factor; The Slammer (CBBC); Top of the Pops and Halifax commercial.
Film includes: Mamma Mia! The Movie (pre-production workshop).
Recordings include: Don't Stop Believin' (UK tour).
Simon Harvey
Simon began his training at the Rollo Academy of Dancing in Nottingham, and then went on to complete a three-year course at the Bird College of Performing Arts. Whilst at college Simon toured extensively throughout Europe with the Bird Theatre Company.

Theatre credits include: Mr Braithwaite in Billy Elliot The musical (west end), Memphis (West End), South Pacific playing the role of Stewpot (Kilworth House), Dr Kool and Sammy in Flashdance The Musical (UK tour), Cinderella (Old Vic Theatre), Benny in Daddy Cool The Musical (German tour), understudy Sonny in Daddy Cool (West end), Fame The Musical where he understudied and performed the roles of Tyrone Jackson, Joe Vegas and Mr Myers( west end ) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West end), Chicago (West end), Bugsy Malone (NYMT Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Cinderella (Nottingham Playhouse) the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies (West end ) Commercial work: Sonny J music video – Ministry of Sound, Toyota Gala Night – Excel Arena Docklands, Saturday Night Divas – Jamelia (ITV), Denise Van Outen (Parkinson Show BBC1), Emma Bunton (Popworld Concert, BBC1), Jamelia (Mobo Awards 2005, Royal Albert Hall), Mary Griffin (Ri-ise TV, Channel 4), Gina–G (Song for Europe, BBC1), 'Baby I Don't Care' music video Jennifer Ellison.

Simon is currently performing in the West End Musical Motown
Alex Thomas
Vocational training at Laine Theatre Arts. Theatre credits include West End Production of Memphis, Tyrone in the 25th Anniversary UK tour of Fame; Dance Captain, ensemble in Peter Pan (Lyceum); ensemble in The Lion King (Original UK tour), Thad, ensemble in Hairspray (Malaysian tour) and featured performer in the prestigious Mystic Rhythms show (Tokyo Disney).

Other work includes The Nutcracker (Save the Children charity event) at the Guildhall, London; Christmas Commercial for Marks and Spencer; Trinity DaDA 10th Anniversary Awards, London; company dancer in Storm (Youth Dance England); featured dancer in the M'Goo Projects's music video Let's Fly to the Moon and modelling work at London Fashion Week. And also workshops for BAFTA Award winning ITV Central Television and the Rollo Academy.

Alex is currently performing on the West End in the new Production of In The Heights
Kelly Edwards
Theatre includes: Oompa Loompa in Charlie and the chocolate factory. Princess Rosalind in Sleeping Beauty (Nottingham Playhouse), Annie in Jack and the Beanstalk (Nottingham Playhouse), ensemble in Dick Whittington (Hackney Empire), ensemble in Disco Inferno(UK tour), Dance Captain in Mamma Mia!(international tour), swing/cover and feature vocalist in Dirty Dancing (Stage Entertainment), singer/dancer in Tanz Der Vampire (Stage Entertainment), dancer at Legoland (Legoland), lead vocalist in Gaiety Whirl (Gaiety Theatre), dancer in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Derngate) and lead vocalist on Carousel Cruise Ship (Cruise).

Television and radio include: Dirty Dancing(Uitmarkt) and Musical Awards (ARD Stukios Koln).
Kieran Donovan
Vocational Training- Bird College.

Credits Include-Ensemble/on stage swing, Bodyguard UK Tour - original cast 2015, Choreographer- Move It London 2012-2015, Choreographer- Hunks in Trunks the show, Dancer-Viktoria Modesta- Rouge Films, Backing dancer- Ella Henderson - Sunday Night at the Palladium, Choreographer- Gagarin - Public Service Broadcasting, International teacher-TD italy 2014, Choreographer- Bird College UK 2013-2015, Dancer- Good Morning America, BBC Proms, The Late Late Show, Beijing TV- Riverdream Productions. Choreographer- Rouge Kiss 141a Management, Dancer- Priscilla- Success Agency, Backing dancer - Royal Variety Performance - Take That.
Jenny Simm
Jennifer has been dancing since she was 8 years old and in her early years has performed in pantos at Newark Palace Theatre and was also part of the choir in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Derby Assembly Rooms.

Since leaving Rollo Academy Jennifer studied Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom for three years, where she performed in various productions at Epsom Playhouse, and after graduating from there has worked for
Costa Cruises and P & O Cruises on a world cruise and various Mediterranean cruises. In between cruise contracts she has worked for White Diamond Productions and various other production companies as a dancer. In February this year she was lucky enough spend a day on a film production with Nicole Kidman as an extra.

Jenny is extremely grateful for all the support she has had from family and friends and to all her dance and drama teachers both at Rollo and Laine.
Harrison Dowzell
Harrison began dancing at the Rollo Academy at eight years old. After being inspired by the movie he then went to audition for the part of Billy in the West End Production of Billy Elliott at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

After successfully completing two years in the roll Harrison has now returned back home to Nottingham to be back with his family and friends and continue his performing arts studies.

Other credits include West End Live as Billy Elliott and performances for the Nottingham Arts Theatre, Dance 4 and local Pantomime. Harrison also performed on the Ashley Banjo’s Street Crew programme.
Ellie Gilfillan
At the age of four, Ellie started dancing at the Rollo Academy, training and completing exams in both ISTD and RAD. With a great passion for dance she decided to continue her training at Masters Performing Arts college where she completed a 3 year musical theatre course, gaining a diploma, her ISTD and RAD ballet majors, achieved her ISTD teaching associates in modern, tap and ballet and was also given the role of head girl in her 2nd and third year.

During her time at Masters she also spent her free time teaching the younger students of the school. After her three years at Masters she went on to work for Princess Cruises in the role of Dance Captain and is currently living in Canada
Frank Simms
Training: Rollo Academy and Arts Educational
Filming includes:Gordon (Lead) -Amelia’s letter (Stella Vision Films), Simon French (Lead) -The K Initiative (Dimension2), Boy (Lead)- Smitten (The Grand Pois), Morty (Lead)- Morty (Haberdasher Films) Henry Bromley-Joanna Vassa (Clapham South Productions), Daniel Truman-Elder Jackson (Box Productions (Lausanne).

Theatre roles include: Bassanio-The Merchant of Venice (Ashrow Theatre), Jack-Importance of Being Earnest (Ashrow Theatre), Telegin- Uncle Vanya (Ashrow Theatre), Ensemble-She Loves Me (All Star Productions), Ray-Elegies (Language Laid Bare), Biondello/Curtis-Taming of the Shrew (Ashrow Theatre), PC Ping Pong-Aladdin (Blue Genie), Ballet Barker-Carousel (Thom Southerland/Sarah Bodelbhai/Ewan Jones), Company member-The Red Ribbon Revue (Milo Miles Entertainment), Company member- Cloud Dance Festival (Milo Miles Dance Company), Ensemble/Policeman- Singin' In The Rain (Thom Southerland/Joe Atkins/Martin McCarthy), Chief Elf-The Night Before Christmas (Jamie Wilson Productions), Mischief (Newly created)- Into The Woods (Landor) (Robert McWhir/Iain Vince Gatt/Robbie O'Reilly), Ensemble- Pirates of Penzance (Union)(Sasha Regan/Chris Mundy/Lizzi Gee)

As well as performing, Frank is creative director and co-producer of Ashrow Theatre based in Derby and is currently leading script development and direction of a new piece of writing 'Troublesome People' by Jill Haas due for production in Spring 2015.
Chloe Barker
Chloe came to the Rollo Academy in 1996 before successfully auditioning for Master College in 2011.

During her three years at the college she has featured in several television productions such as Britain’s Got Talent, The One Show and Stepping Out with Katherine Jenkins.

After performing in the Middlesborough Pantomime Chloe is now contracted with Princess Cruises on the Emerald Princess.
Katy Hautz
Katy started dancing at the age of 3, studying at the Rollo Academy from the age of 12, then moving on to Millennium Performing Arts where she graduated with a Trinity National Diploma in Musical Theatre and the Best Actress award.

Whilst training she performed in numerous shows and the pre-production workshop for Stephen Mears Hello, Dolly! Since leaving college Katy has worked as a dancer in Paphos Cyprus, and as a backing dancer for a music video and a Britney Spears tribute act. She has also appeared in the films Streetdance 3D, Swinging with the Finkels and The Scared of Death Society. Katy has worked for MSC cruises for several contracts and is currently employed by Princess Cruises.
Hannah Keogh
Hannah recently graduated from Liverpool Theatre School with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre level 6. She began dancing at the age of 4 and moved to Rollo Academy of Dancing at the age of 12. Throughout college Hannah appeared in the Southport Pantomime 'Jack and the Beanstalk' as a dancer, played the role as the stepsister (Lucinda) in the musical 'Into the Woods' and also appeared in a Music Video as dancer.

Since leaving college Hannah is now working for MSC cruises as a dancer. She wishes to thank all her family and friends for all their love and support.
Natasha Boyce
Natasha began her training at the Rollo Academy of dancing in 2005. After training for 5 years as an associate at the Central School of Ballet, Natasha successfully auditioned for Northern Ballet School in 2011 and began a 3 year course. Graduating early Natasha gained a Trinity National Diploma in professional dance. She is now working for Costa Cruise Lines on board the Costa Fortuna. Natasha is extremely grateful for all the help and support she has received from everyone at Rollo.
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