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Ardingly College students put on a stomping show at the Ardingly Arts Festival
College students performed on stage with West End sensation ‘Stomp’ at the Ardingly Arts Fes- tival in front of an audience of 1,800 people.
Year one BTEC Performing Arts Sixth Formers from Central Sussex College joined Ardingly College students for a Stomp workshop on June 25.
Dee Lee, 17, from Haywards Heath said: “It was a once in a lifetime expe- rience.”
The cast of Stomp showed the young performers extracts from their stage performance before teaching them some of their famous choreography.
Individual workshops were run by the cast throughout the day before a big finale performance in front of pay- ing crowds.
Izzy Cotterill, 16, from Scaynes Hill, said: “We learnt so much from being trained by them.”
The Student Stompers were given the opportunity to showcase their own original material on stage alongside the West End stars.
The percussion group began their successful stage career in Brighton and gained international recognition after performing at the opening cere- mony at last year’s London Olympic Games.
The festival was Stomp’s only stage appearance outside London this year and the student’s performance along- side them on stage was well received.
Stomp is known for its fusion of music and dance which uses uncon- ventional items as instruments.
Natalie Robus, 17, from Haywards Heath, said: “It was an honour to work at this professional standard – it really inspired my future career plans.”
The four-day long festival at Ard- ingly College was opened by Oscar- winner Dame Judi Dench and Tom Gatti from The Times.
The festival also featured perform- ances from comedian Russell Kane, star of BBC’s Unzipped and Mock the Week.
Jonathan Goodwin, subject leader for theatre at the college, said: “This was an amazing opportunity for our students to work with world-class artists.
“We are extremely grateful to Ardingly Festival’s director, Dr Tim Coker, for offering our students this opportunity.”
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