Sun, 17 May | The Umbrella Rooms

Yell Well!

Safe Belting & Mixing Workshop for Professional Musical Theatre Performers
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Yell Well!

Time & Location

17 May 2020, 10:00 – 18:00
The Umbrella Rooms, 239-241, Shaftesbury Ave, West End, London WC2H 8EH, UK

About The Event


Safe Belting & Mixing for Professional Musical Theatre Performers

Sunday, May 17 2020



Singing high and loud is an essential skill for most professional MT performers as most roles demand it at some point. It is an area of voice teaching that is rife with outdated reserach and misunderstanding, which often leaves singers fending for themselves to figure it out. Unfortunately high-intensity singing can contribute to injuries and voice disorders when executed wihtout care.  

Over the last 16 years I've been able to look at over 2000 singers, healthy high-level pros and those with vocal problems. I am very fortunate to have access to the latest clinical euqipment and the opportunity to explore the physilogy of contemporary singing, including various approaches to belting and mixing. With one foot in the voice clinc and one foot in the industry, I've been able to develop a uniquely-informed viewpoint on high-intensity singing that I would like to share with professional performers.  Space is limited to 20 participants so everyone gets some good attention. 


On this one-day workshop you'll learn simple and practical ways to use the latest thinking on:

  • Belting/Mixing Anatomy & Physiology
  • Vocal Fold Control 
  • Vocal Tract Shaping Options
  • Safe Onsets for Belting/Mixing
  • Optimal Vowel Shapes 
  • Optimal Range for Belt/Mix for Different Voice Types
  • Breathing & Support Strategies
  • Resonance - What You Hear v What the Audience Hears
  • Optimal Tonue/Jaw/Lip Positions
  • Cross-Training and Cool Down Exercises to Get Back to "Neutral"

All of these concepts will be explained simply, and explored practically by the group. Individuals will also be invited to apply the techinques in song exerpts in front of the group with guidance from me. By the end of the day you should have a virtual "rule book for big singing" that you can use to always make the most appropriate and safest choices on your money notes. 


This workshop is designed for professional musical theatre performers (West End, Touring, etc.) to have a safe, supportive space to develop their skills with their friends and colleagues. Feedback from a coach is great, but feedback from your peers is invaluable. West End Musical Directors may also find this workshop useful, but everyone sings for their supper at my events so you can't hide in the corner - sorry guys/gals. 

Unfortunately this workshop is not suitable for semi-pros, students or singing teachers, or pop/rock performers. If you're unsure whether this is the right workshop for you please email before booking. 


Early Bird tickets are only £95 if booked by March 1st. That's eight hours of training for the same price as an hour one-to-one with me. The last time this workshop was offered it sold out within a few days of being advertised, so book your place soon to avoid missing out. 


Dane Chalfin is one of the West End and British Recording Industry’s leading vocal coaches. He is also a Vocal Rehabilitation Coach (Clinical Singing Voice Specialist) working in Singer-Specialist Voice Clinics. Clients include major recording artists, West End productions of Wind in the Willows, Rock of Ages, Sunny Afternoon, Tell Me on a Sunday, and Motown; and national tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, Shout, The Producers, Choir of Man, Six and Wicked. He has also looked after performers playing lead roles in Hamilton, &Juliet, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Waitress, Saturday Night Fever, Mamma Mia, Fiddler on the Roof, Beautiful, Kinky Boots, Book of Mormon, Chicago, Tell Me on a Sunday, Tina the Musical, and Six. Dane has coached charting artists for record labels including Sony, Universal, Columbia, Capitol, Rough Trade, Decca and Polydor. 

His private practice in London consists of around 70% vocal rehabilitation for performers with voice trouble and 30% high-profile performers who want regular coaching to stay in peak performance condition. Dane routinely works with pop/rock/theatre singers, radio/tv broadcasters, presenters, transgender performers, and other vocal coaches/singing teachers who want to upskill. 

His ongoing clinical research (2006-present) into the endoscopic assessment of disordered singers and the laryngopharyngeal gestures of primal sounds and contemporary singing now has over 500 professional singer subjects, and he has been present for over 2000 hours in Voice Clinics since 2013. This work has been presented at international conferences including numerous Pan European Voice Conferences (PEVOC), Choice for Voice London, and The Power of Emotion in Australia where he was keynote speaker. Very few people have had the opportunity to look at so many professional singers from so many angles, inside and out, in the clinic and backstage.

Dane is a past President (2015-16) and Director (2005-2014) of the British Voice Association. He was Vocal Advisor (2016-2019) to the Medical Committee of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) where he pioneered the creation of competencies for Vocal Rehabilitation Coaches working in multidisciplinary voice clinics in the UK. 

Academic appointments include Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching and Rehabilitation at Leeds College of Music, where he was also Principal Lecturer of Artistry and Performance (2007-17). Other academic posts include Teaching Fellow in Pop Voice at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (2003-6), Senior Lecturer in Pop Voice at the Royal Northern College of Music (2008-10), and Lecturer in Voice at University of Salford (2001-03).


Publications include TC-Helicon’s Ultimate Guide to Singing (2016), and Bloomsbury’s The Singer-Songwriter Handbook (2017), Training Contemporary Commercial Singers (Compton 2020) and the 2nd edition of Compton Publishing's seminal The Voice Clinic Handbook (2018). 



30+ days - 90% refund

15-29 days - 50% refund

0-14 days - no refunds regardless of reason

The event is not catered, but you are welcome to bring your own refreshments. 

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