EVOLVE London West End 2017

EVOLVE comes to London’s West End for the first time this November supported by Delfont Mackintosh. Find out more about what happens at EVOLVE here.

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  • Date: Monday 20 November 2017
  • Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Venue: Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry St, W1D 6AS
  • Facilitated by: Isabel Mortimer, DCD Director of Coaching and former professional dancer
  • Price: Early bird: £30 until 6 November, Full price: £35 - includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Please contact us on 020 7831 1449 or ellen@thedcd.org.uk if cost is a barrier to you attending. Limited subsidised places are available.

This programme is kindly supported by the Royal Opera House Benevolent Fund.


Watch what happened at a previous EVOLVE London workshop!

Our speakers

Kristen McGarrity

“Any performer’s career is full of twists and turns, and it can take time to discover what we really want. It’s so exciting that dancers can come together at EVOLVE to explore this and feel supported on what is sometimes a daunting journey.”

Kristen McGarrity trained at The Royal Ballet School and after graduating joined Birmingham Royal Ballet, where she enjoyed an 8 year career dancing a vast array of the company’s repertoire. Due to injury, she took early retirement at the age of 27 despite feeling as though she was coming into her strongest years as a performer. Kristen moved back to London and with the support of DCD, returned to The Royal Ballet School to study towards a diploma in vocational teaching whilst pursuing her love of music as a singer and songwriter and completing a degree in psychology with the Open University, which she had embarked upon during her ballet career. During the past 4 years, the work she has put into transitioning into a life beyond BRB has created opportunity to teach at RBS and other top vocational ballet schools, work as an assistant choreographer and movement director on several films including Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, sign with music agency Siren for whom she writes and tour her own music around the UK. Having recovered from injury, she is now combining her music, dancing and acting skills as the alternate female lead Lise Dassin and ensemble member of the hit West End musical An American in Paris whilst assisting choreographer Liam Scarlett on his new production of Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet.

Nick Searle

Nick has been performing professionally in the West End for over 25 years. He has featured in many original West End shows, including Matilda (Assistant Dance Captain in Stratford upon Avon and The Cambridge Theatre, London), On the Town (Paris - The Chatalet Theatre and London - The London Coliseum ENO), Lord of the Rings (Drury Lane Theatre), The Witches of Eastwick (Prince of Wales Theatre), Oliver! (The London Palladium), Miss Saigon (Drury Lane Theatre), Anything Goes (Drury Lane Theatre) and Cats (The New London Theatre). Nick has also enjoyed work traveling to Germany, France, Italy, and Japan, and closer to home playing roles in Alan Ayckbourn’s They’re Playing Our Song at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Half a Sixpence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Likes of Us workshop at The Sydmonton Festival and Waiting for Hillsborough at Jacksons Lane. He has appeared in several Royal Variety Performances (ITV) alongside other various television appearances, and has been a vocalist on a number of original cast recordings. Nick has enjoyed teaching several Matilda masterclasses, including Italia Conti Hull and the School of Theatre Excellence (SOTE), Birmingham. As well as being the director of ‘WAVPA’ (Whitgift Academy of Visual and Performing Arts) he has also been involved in several of Whitgift School’s productions as an assistant choreographer, including Summer’s Last Will and Testament and Eugene Onegin.

Nick is currently at the University of West London and is in his first year of a BSc Applied Sound Engineering degree.

Nick would like to thank DCD for their ongoing support and guidance.