Performing Arts students Kian Crowley and Mia Ssali from New City College Ardleigh Green have won scholarships for a once in a lifetime opportunity to study at AMDA (the American Musical and Dramatic Academy).
The talented pair were selected after an intense audition process that saw two million auditionees worldwide compete for places!
AMDA is known internationally as a platform for nurturing the talents of Broadway, and alumni include pop star Jason Derulo and many other famous faces of the stage and screen. There are two main colleges, one in New York and one in Los Angeles.
Kian was awarded a $9,000 scholarship per year of study on the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Dance Theatre, and will be based in Los Angeles. He said: “I’m so excited to move to LA! My friends and family are so shocked that I’m actually going and at how far I’ve come since my early days at dance school. I’m literally just an average boy from Essex who will now be studying what he loves in the USA! My tutors are very proud and have told me all my hard work has paid off.”
He said the audition was tough. Students had to perform to a panel in small groups and were examined in every move.
Kian, who was widely praised for brilliantly co-hosting the NCC Student Achievement Awards in front of hundreds of guests in October, added: “We were asked to prepare and present two contrasting pieces so I chose contemporary and tap. Then we were put on the spot and the panel asked us to demonstrate our technique – they would name terminology for us to perform and we had no idea what they were going to ask next. They were really testing what we had learned.”