MADD College welcomes back Love Island star Savanna Darnell who will present a ‘Savvy Workshop’ on Sunday 3Oth Sept.


Singer, songwriter, dancer and actress Savanna Darnell trained at the Nottingham’s Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama from 2012 to 2015 and already has a number of theatre, concerts, film and TV credits to her name. Add Love Island 2018 to the list and the Sheffield-born youngster continues to go from strength to strength.

Later this month Savanna returns to Nottingham on Sunday 30 September 2018 and presents one of her ‘Savvy Workshops’ in the studios of her former training ground Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, affectionately known as MADD.

During the workshop between 1-4pm, Savanna will draw on her dancing skills and teach a short dance routine and answer questions about her Love Island 2018 experience and career to date. There will be a photo-signing and selfie opportunity with Savanna, and energy boosting food and drink is provided by Fresh Prep Nutrition. The fun-filled, feel-good workshops are aimed at boys and girls aged twelve and above, and all dance abilities are welcome.

Reflecting on her time at MADD College, Savanna said: “Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama, WOW – the most incredible three years of my life. I achieved skills that I thought I would never accomplish, such as learning a time-step in tap and discovering a relevé in fifth in ballet. From playing the Cat in Honk to singing classic Tina Turner tunes in the Nottingham Playhouse end of year show, MADD offered it all. But the most important thing I learnt, is who I am. MADD prepared me for the big, scary and wild world of entertainment and taught me about perseverance and hard work. I was a shy teenager before joining MADD sixteen but the college helped me to overcome that and taught me to value and believe in myself, and here I am…I was on the biggest reality show of 2018 so I can’t be that shy now!”

Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama was founded in 1967 by its Principal Frances Clayton and celebrated its 50th anniversary with a string of celebratory events last year. MADD prides itself on being a ‘College of Excellence’ and provides one of the leading musical theatre courses in the UK. In addition to the full-time members of staff, MADD is proud to welcome guest practitioners from across the sector including leading directors, choreographers, casting directors and agents.

Savanna added: “MADD taught me how to hold myself in an audition and how to show the panel how much I wanted the job. I auditioned for the musical Thriller Live in my last year at college. It was my first ever audition and I was TERRIFIED! However, I got the job and it was the BEST feeling EVER!

MADD is one big happy family and being a part of it for three years really defined me and made me the adult I am today. The college is small enough to have an amazing friendly feel to it but large enough to attract the best teachers. I made amazing friends for life and lived and partied with them. College days were so varied, beginning with ballet and finishing with musical theatre. It wasn’t an easy ride but I will never, ever forget it. I’m so happy I trained at MADD.

Now I can’t wait to return to Nottingham and share my experiences during one of my Savvy Workshops. It promises to be a very special day and dancing in the MADD studios again will bring back a lot of wonderful memories!”

For more information about Savanna Darnell, the Savvy Workshop and to book you place please go to or email

Savvy Workshop’ on Sunday 30 September 2018 at Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama

Cost: £21.54

Age guidance: 12+

All dance abilities welcome.

1pm – 1.30pm: Arrival, chats + registration

1.30pm – 2.00pm: Warm-up

2.00pm – 2.45pm: Dance Class

3.00pm – 3.45pm: Love Island Q+A. Nutritional food and drinks

3.45pm – 4.00pm: Photo-signing and selfie opportunity

4.00pm: FINISH

Photo credits:

Headshot: Savanna Darnell – photography by IAMJADORE

Love Island 2018 – Savanna Darnell – publicity shot from Love Island 2018


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