Lisa Scott-Lee shares her tips for becoming a successful performer

The Dubai-based Steps singer and principal at Dubai Performing Arts

Lisa Scott-Lee shares her tips for becoming a successful performer

Before making it big as a singer in the world-famous band Steps, Lisa Scott-Lee, who is now based in Dubai and heads up the Dubai Performing Arts Academy, trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Having successfully managed to fulfil her own dreams of being a pop star and professional performer, the British star now encourages a future generation of talent to achieve their goals of a glittering career on the stage.

We catch up with the mother-of-two who shares her top five tips on the benefits of performing, plus tells us what kids and young people should keep in mind if performing is their ambition.

Training
Keep an open mind and pursue an all round training programme. Don’t just train in dance if you consider yourself a dancer, it’s important to be a strong all rounder and to be competent in all three areas of dancing, singing and acting, especially if your dream is to audition for musicals and perform in the West End. It’s known in the industry as a ‘Triple Threat’ performer and something we encourage and nurture at DPA.

Examinations
At DPA we recommend our students take annual examinations in dance, drama, singing and musical theatre. We are affiliated with all the leading globally recognised examination boards such as ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) which Johnny (Lisa's husband and former member of the band Hear'Say) and I hold our Teaching Qualifications in, RAD (Royal Academy of Dance), LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and Trinity College London.

I’m proud to say that five of our DPA Students just gained the highest marks across the recent Trinity Musical Theatre examination for the academic year 2018/2019 across Dubai and the UAE.

Taking examinations improves confidence and discipline, and with LAMDA and Trinity Exams from Grade six you can convert your marks into UCAS points for when you apply for UK Universities.

Audition technique
Do your homework, research monologues, and find songs that suit your voice, are in your range and are age appropriate. Have a varied repertoire of sheet music so you are prepared going into an audition and explore the story line and characters you are auditioning for so that you understand the back story and can answer questions.

Discipline and hard work
Dance is definitely a sport and as such takes discipline, hard work and dedication to achieve results. As with all sports, the shared benefits include fitness, confidence, team playing, leadership, making new friends and being part of a club or dance school.

Want it
Train hard, work hard, dream big.
Dubai Performing Arts, various locations including Dubai British School, Springs and Uptown School, Mirdif, www.dubaiperformingarts.com (056 173 7545)

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