There was an article about Lancing College in Tatler earlier in the year and the Head Master was quoted as saying that the school was poised for Dance to take off. This is an exciting proposition for an incoming Director of Dance. I have spent my first year looking at the provision of Dance here and formulating plans for the future. The Head Master has given the green light and we are indeed ‘poised to take off’.
It is clear that the foundations are firm. Dance by Design is a long-standing tradition and the contribution of students’ work to the programme is well-established. I have to admit to being a little nervous about this as with such a high-profile performance, we needed to be putting our most accomplished work forward – and it turns out we were! I was astonished at the quality of the work. Not only is this a testament to the talent of the student choreographers, but also to Maria Doick, our dance teacher, who has clearly nurtured and developed an astounding wealth of ability.
Jacquie Gabbard and her daughter, Amelia, came to judge the work and were both enormously impressed.
Awards went to the following:
Best choreography for a solo or duet: Maya R
Best choreography for a group: Ella Y
Runner up best choreography: Rebecca L
Best individual performer: Ayn P
Erin W, one of the performers and choreographers commented: “The whole week of Dance by Design was really hectic, with so much going on backstage for me being in seven dances. I loved getting involved and there had been so much support between the dancers right from the beginning. It was just really incredible to be a part of, and as soon as it finished I wanted to do it all over again.”
The day after the show, both Lancing College prep schools were in the theatre performing their work, and it was clear that the tradition of student choreography is being nurtured from a young age.
Heather Beeby, Head of Lancing Prep Worthing has an enormous amount of experience with dance. She commented: “The students’ work was incredibly creative and varied. This reflects one of Lancing’s great strengths - the students are allowed to be individuals - and in this performance there was no sense that they felt they had to conform to restrictive boundaries. I think we have something really rather special here at Lancing College.”
Mr Nicholas Beeby, Director of Drama and Dance