LUTSF Patron, and generous donor, Gillian Lynne has been awarded a DBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for her services to dance and musical theatre. On her award, she said: “Passion for my art has been the motivating factor throughout my career, but for Her Majesty the Queen and the Cabinet Office to deem what I have done to be worthy of this accolade is an honour. I am deeply humbled to be recognised for my work in an industry I adore.”2014 will see Dame Gillian Lynne stage a new production of Sir Robert Helpman’s ballet Miracle in the Gorbals for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, which will be part of a BBC documentary on dance during the Second World War. She will also have a wellness and fitness regime DVD released entitled Longevity through Exercise, and she will be writing the sequel to her recent memoir A Dancer In Wartime, which is soon to be made into a feature film.Gillian Lynne is best known for her groundbreaking work on long running musicals such as Cats and Phantom Of The Opera, but her life of dance began as a small child, and at the age of 17 she joined Ninette De Valois’ Sadlers Wells Ballet. In 1963 she created the first dance company to combine jazz and classical dance, and from there she became a star choreographer on Broadway and in London’s West End. Applications for scholarships for travel between April 2015 and April 2016 may now be made online – please visit our Applications page

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‘I Stand Corrected’


Ellie Beedham travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, for professional refreshment and to contribute to a performance of ‘I Stand Corrected’.

“This project was professional refreshment at its best. I was able to develop my creative feedback skills on a live project and nurture my creative eye. I used the techniques developed with Liz Lehrmann and Peggy Olislaegers and found this both exciting and motivating. I realised that being an outside eye was something I greatly enjoyed and would like to do more of in the future.”

More about Ellie Beedham‘s scholarship.

‘Axis Dance Company Summer Intensive’

Clair Beckett travelled to Oakland, California to work with Axis Dance Company to learn more about developing technique for inclusive classes that can physically challenge all participants.


“My passion as a dance artist is to utilise my background and training to open doors for people interested in dance regardless of disability and to provide dance opportunities that equally challenge the mind and body.”

More about Clair Beckett‘s scholarship

‘Working with Cuerda Producciones in Buenos Aires’

IMG_2511a“The purpose of this trip was to research movement ideas for a piece of work I would like to develop called Sleeper. The basis of the piece is low resonance noise/sound with especial reference to foghorns, which were an integral soundtrack to my childhood, growing up as I did beside the sea. Specifically, I wanted to look at the mapping of shipping lanes and the concept of discovering a “safe place” in an unsafe environment (i.e. foghorns are an “alert” for danger but, in themselves, become the “safe” place – the place where the accident or crash cannot happen).I also wanted to look at the emotional connection between the low resonance sound and falling asleep. I had the privilege of having a week’s residency at Dance Base in Edinburgh researching these ideas before flying out to Buenos Aires. This enabled me to really establish what I was keen to explore further.”

More about Brigid McCarthy‘s scholarship.

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