Famous West End Star, Layton Williams, Teaches our Students how to Give a West End Standard Performance!

19th June 2018

Our dance students were given an incredible opportunity this week, thanks to our unique partnership with Mayflower Theatre, to take part in a workshop with none other than actor and dancer Layton Williams. He is very well known in the west end for his role as Seaweed in Hairspray, Angel in Rent and as the Billy Elliott! Layton also featured as Stephen in the TV hit series Bad Education.

We were delighted to welcome Layton to our college to host a ‘Dance with Layton’ workshop that focuses on the musical theatre style of dancing. During the workshop, he taught our students the choreography for the song ‘Run and Tell’, from the recent UK tour of Hairspray. This was followed by a Q&A session where he talked about his career, discussed audition techniques and gave top tips on how to break into the industry.

Dance student, Mary Moss, says, “Working with Layton Williams was an amazing experience. I learnt so much but most importantly I was inspired to continue pushing myself in order to be my best and reach my goals. Learning repertoire from Hairspray was so much fun, it was great to be taught by an industry professional and I feel lucky to gain these experiences whilst studying at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College”.

Dance Teacher, Kirsty MacGregor, says, “We are so fortunate to have someone of Layton’s notoriety and experience to come to our college and provide our students with this incredible opportunity. He delivered a vibrant workshop, taught our students some very difficult choreography, and really helped them to develop their performance skills in terms of style, character, and execution. Learning a choreography routine from a west end show gave our students real insight into the standard of dance required by a performer on the west end stage. Our thanks to Layton and to Mayflower Theatre for organising such a unique and valuable experience for our students”.

Layton, says, “You guys were so lovely. Hope to be back soon!”

We can’t wait until the next time!