word on the street-1

Welcome to part 1 of this edition of Razz Word on the Street!

With lots of info and news about our schools and students, we hope you enjoy all the amazing things that they are getting up to. See if you can spot your Razz friends here.


Students on stage and screen

We are looking forward to seeing Maidstone student Autumn Gale in the new Lloyds Commercial. Autumn plays a farmer’s daughter who along with her father is in the middle of a tempestuous storm whist trying to cover up hay bales. The shoot took place in Wales in the Brecon Beacons and Autumn had to face the elements as she was being filmed with wind and rain machines.


Razzamataz Medway:

Lots of success from the students at Medway. Albie Snelson, age 8, is the new Milky Bar Kid as well as being featured on the Virgin Media adverts. Reece McAvoy, age 6, has recently been secured on the new McDonald’s campaign on TV and billboards, Ruby Blu Hodges age 8 was in the KFC commercial.


The Adventures of Pinocchio featuring Medway student Rhiannon

Sion Santos age 9 will be in the newTransformer’s movie due to be released this year. Recent news is that Rhiannon Kennard, age 10, will be joining the cast of The Adventures of Pinocchio in the West End this summer. The show will run from 28th July through till 31st August at the Ambassadors Theatre.


Razzamataz Derby:

Well done to Kirsty Holland, who has been a student at Razzamataz Derby since day one. Kirsty is now 18 and will be leaving but is going on to a wonderful opportunity thanks to the school’s Principal Shanley. The entertainment’s manager at Alton Towers chaperoned for the Derby show and spotted Kirsty’s potential. After an audition, we are delighted to say that Kirsty has been offered a job in the interactive entertainment team at Alton Towers.

Razzamataz York:

Wizard of Oz at The Joseph Rowntree Theatre. Break a leg to Tom Botting, Izzy Botting and Amelia Burley. Well done to Ruby Adams from the Inters group at York who was selected to travel to Stratford Upon Avon to work with the prestigious RSC.


So many of our students got to experience dance at its finest with masterclasses from the king of street dance Diversity’s Ashley Banjo.
The students got to learn some street dance foundations and moves to create a combination which we are sure they will never forget. Participating schools were: Carlisle, West Cumbria, Penrith, Dumfries, Newcastle, Paisley, Glasgow, Durham, Sheffield, Mansfield, Chester, Sutton-Coldfield, Derby, Liverpool and Cambridge.

Newcastle student Holly said: “It was amazing,” and Jack said: “He was even better in person (after seeing the Genesis tour at the Metro Arena).”

Sheffield mum Sharon Gregory said: “The workshop was fantastic. Rhianna thoroughly enjoyed it even though she was exhausted by the end. She says that Ashley was really nice and very encouraging by saying work hard and never give up.”


Cambridge Inters student Ellie Randall attended the workshop in Sheffield. Ellie said: "It was a surprise for me and when my nan told me about the workshop my heart stopped and I cried. I loved every bit of it but one of my favourite moments was showing my mum, nan and granddad the routine Ashley had taught us.”

Paisley student Jack McFadyen age 12 said: “I really enjoyed Ashley Banjo because he is one of my role models. I asked him a few questions like which member of Diversity is the most pranky and do they ever forget the routine. I got my Genesis programme signed and my mum got a magazine signed. My favourite part was when he went live on my Facebook with me. If I could do it again I would!”


Sophie Georgiou age 14 from Glasgow North said: “It was a massive privilege to be able to do a workshop with Ashley Banjo. It was a long drive but it was so worth it. He is an incredible dancer and he was so nice to everyone there. He taught us a dance that was in Diversity's most recent tour, which was awesome. It was great that he took time to take pictures with everyone at the end and overall it was a great experience to be able to dance with someone so talented.”

To find your nearest Razzamataz and to book on to a free class visit www.razzamataz.co.uk
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