News from Clarendon Sixth Form College

Nic dances his way to the top with conservatoire place

Clarendon Sixth Form College performing arts student offered place at top London conservatoire.

Nic Lee, a level 3 student at the college and former Wright Robinson College pupil, has been offered a place at the prestigious London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS).

LCDS is one of the most well known dance conservatoires in the UK and many of its former students and alumni have gone on to star in world famous productions or sign contracts with the likes of the Rambert Dance Company.

Nic, who discovered his passion for dance at 14, had to take part in a highly competitive interview and audition process at LCDS to be offered a place.

He has already had a successful start to his career; in 2022 he took part in the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations parade as a dancer, he is a part of the Company Chameleon dance group and a current member of the National Youth Dance Company at Sadler’s Wells.

Nic was even featured in a recent news report by the BBC, discussing his offer of a place and demonstrating his dance skills.

Nic said: “I started off self-teaching myself to dance so it’s crazy that I’m on my way to becoming a professional dancer. The timing of me getting my place couldn't have been more perfect and it feels like everything's come full circle. I was totally in shock as I didn't think I did that well and for a 17-year-old to get in is pretty rare. Some of my older friends from Chameleon Youth are already at London Contemporary Dance School and it is an absolute dream come true to be able to go and join them. It gives me hope that it’s possible to achieve your goals. I hope in the future that I can spread a message that dance is a positive force and pass my skills on to future generations.”

Michelle Forrest, performing arts teacher at Clarendon Sixth Form College, said: “Nic’s offer of a place at LCDS is the culmination of all his hard work at college and extracurricular activities with the groups he is a member of. He is committed and passionate about dance as a whole and to achieve so much at a young age is exceptional. LCDS is extremely difficult to get a place with and he now has the potential to become one of the best dancers in the country. Well done to him.”

To find out more about performing arts courses at Clarendon Sixth Form College, visit the college website or call 0161 908 6600.