READ College Welcomes Karl Stevens as New Head of Jazz

Posted by Nicola Breeze Posted in Featured, Latest News, Student Blog

Reading, England – 28th September 2017 – READ College, the most successful Performing Arts Foundation Course provider in the country, is delighted to announce that Karl Stevens, current Head of Dance at the Royal Academy of Music, has joined READ College as their new Head of Jazz.

Karl is a recognized choreographer and highly skilled performer who has been in the performing arts industry for 20 years.  Trained in all aspects of dance and musical theatre at the Hammond School, Chester, Karl graduated as a qualified teacher for the Royal Academy of Dance. He has excellent knowledge of dance technique being a qualified teacher for the R.A.D. I.S.T.D. and having completed the D.T.L.L.S. in 2012. He also has numerous professional performing and dance credits to his name, including (amongst many more) Spamalot at the Palace Theatre, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, the original UK tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Sunset Boulevard, the original German cast of Saturday Night Fever and understudying and playing the roles of Gus and Joey as well as singing on the original German cast recording.

With regards to his appointment Karl Stevens said: “I am excited to be joining such a highly respected Foundation School for the Performing Arts. READ College have exceptional pastoral care and take their dance students’ wellbeing extremely seriously, which is important to me. In addition to having a specialist Performing Arts Osteopath available for the students, READ College is also part of the #Time4Change Charter which supports mental health awareness in the Performing Arts.  This commitment to dancer wellbeing, as well as the college’s commit to exceptional training, fits perfectly with my dance interests and passions. I cannot wait to be involved.”

Jamie Read, Co-Director of READ College commented: “We are absolutely thrilled that Karl has agreed to join our faculty as Head of Jazz at READ College. Karl is an excellent creative asset to our foundation school and I have no doubt that he will inspire and encourage our dance pupils. He has a mountain of experience, both as a teacher and as a professional performer, and has experience of adjudicating dance competitions and dance festivals. He is also on the audition panel for L.S.C. and R.A.M and has full C.R.B. We know that our dance students will be as excited to welcome Karl as we are and we wish him all the best in his new position.”

Karl Stevens

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