On Friday 3 May, Lancing College held a reception for the official opening of the Jacqueline Storey Dance Studio. The Studio was opened by Jacqueline Brünjes, renowned dancer, choreographer, singer, performer and teacher. Jacqueline has been associated with Lancing for over 15 years, inspiring a generation or more of Lancing pupils to get involved in dance. Jacquie has previously directed and choreographed school productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, and My Fair Lady, among others.
Jacquie became involved when the first musical productions were introduced to strengthen the College’s dramatic repertoire. Matt Smith, who was previously Head of Drama and who collaborated with Jacquie on many occasions, said: 'Jacquie introduced dozens of Lancing performers to the many and various ways in which choreography can enhance storytelling and entertain an audience. Jacquie’s contribution was a triumphant episode in the chronicle of Lancing drama, enriching its narrative for those who took part and enlivening its promise for those still to come. We owe her a huge and significant debt of gratitude’.
The opening of the new Dance Studio was a wonderful opportunity to bring together parents and pupils from the College and the two Lancing Prep schools who have all in some way been connected to dance at Lancing. It was great also to be joined by some of our young OLs who performed not so long ago in recent productions at the College. The Studio is a much improved facility with increased space, a new sprung floor, double ballet barres and mirrors. We hope it will encourage more pupils to consider practising dance at Lancing.
The opening was followed by the annual Dance by Design performance in the theatre; a long-standing tradition featuring a well-established programme of the pupils’ own work. With a packed audience of parents and pupils, the performance showcased pieces of optimum quality and finesse.