London Studio Centre
TypeDance school, theatre school
DirectorNic Espinosa
Middlesex University
WebsiteLondon Studio Centre

The London Studio Centre, in North Finchley, London, is a British dance and theatre school providing courses in classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance, and musical theatre. It is accredited by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre.


The London Studio Centre was founded in 1978 by Bridget Espinosa, artistic director of the Bush Davies Ballet School and previously of the Elmhurst Ballet School. The Espinosa family is descended from the dancer Léon Espinosa (1825–1903).[1]

Elizabeth Hurley, who later became one of the school's most famous students, was expelled for non-attendance in 1986.[2]

From 1995, Bachelor of Arts degrees were awarded to students by Middlesex University, and then in 2004 this was replaced by an affiliation for the same purpose with the University of the Arts London, but with effect from 2013 the Middlesex University partnership was reinstated.[3]

The school was based at 42-50 York Way, Kings Cross, London, from 1986 to 2012, when it moved to occupy rooms and share other facilities in the Artsdepot building in North Finchley, its present home.[4]


The London Studio Centre's facilities at artsdepot include a lecture room, ten dance studios, a library, and other rooms for singing and drama. It also has shared use of the on-site Pentland Theatre and Studio Theatre.[4][5]

The school has a long-standing relationship with Chester House, Muswell Hill, which provides some accommodation for students.[6]

Notable alumni

Notable teaching staff


  1. ^ Founder at, accessed 25 January 2020
  2. ^ a b From Kelsey Grammer To Robert Pattison — 10 Celebs Who Were Expelled From School from OK! Magazine dated 13/03/2019, accessed 26 January 2020
  3. ^ Alumni Association at, accessed 25 January 2020
  4. ^ a b About us at, accessed 26 January 2020
  5. ^ Actors and Performers Yearbook 2017, p. 13
  6. ^ Accommodation at, accessed 24 January 2020
  7. ^ Hanna Fillingham, Lucy Alexander looks identical to this EastEnders star in college throwback photo dated March 20, 2019, at
  8. ^ Tamsier Joof at (undated), accessed 28 January 2020
  9. ^ Clea Myers, Natricia Bernard Transition from Dancer to Choreographer at (undated)
  10. ^ Square’s Jane Confesses in The Daily Mirror dated 16 Feb 2005
  11. ^ Gleanings from this Month's opera magazine (I) dated 2 July 2007 at, accessed 26 January 2020
  12. ^ Biography at
  13. ^ Luke Evans stars in the film biopic of Wonder Woman creator, Professor Marston dated 19 October 2017 at
  14. ^ Judi Trott (Marion of Leaford) at (undated)
  15. ^ Meet the team at, accessed 25 January 2020

Coordinates: 51°36′47″N 0°10′37″W / 51.613°N 0.177°W / 51.613; -0.177