Jazzart show to mark 70th anniversary

JazzartUK has been helping performers realise their potential for 70 years.
JazzartUK has been helping performers realise their potential for 70 years.

Performing arts college Jazzartuk celebrates it’s 70th anniversary this weekend with ‘The BIG 70’ at Motherwell Concert Hall.

The college was initially founded by Bette Clark in 1945 as the Bette Clark School of Dance.

Born in Larkhall and trained at the renowned McEwan Studios in Glasgow, Miss Clark was the British and UK Tap and Theatre Dance Champion at junior, senior and adult level.

She was chosen to perform at Radio City in New York in 1938 and went on to found the school to help young performers fulfil their dreams and ambitions to become professional performers.

Past students have performed and taught throughout the world and continue to feature in many musicals and shows to this day including Ruth Connell who has recently taken the starring role of Morwena in Supernatural.

‘THE BIG 70’ will celebrate Miss Clark’s vision and feature students past and present from the age of three right up to 70.

The show also features the work of big name choreographers such as ‘Strictly Jazzart” by the Strictly dancer/choreographer Phil Town and ‘My Mind’s Made Up’ by Eurovision choreographer Thomas Spratt.

‘Magic To Do’ sees the Raveheart Choir reform under the direction of former Jazzart member Andrew Panton, now artistic director of musical theatre at Royal Conservatoire.

There will also be works from the regular team of top professionals and there will be a clip from Hot Flush the Musical which will have its Scottish premiere in May at Jazzart Studios in Motherwell.

For ‘The BIG 70’ tickets e-mail jazzartuk@btinternet.com or call director Sheridan Nicol on 07774 133972.