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Slick dance show at Burgess Hill dance school is 'worthy of West End'
Drusilla Duffill Theatre School held another successful show this month.
Following sell-out performances of their gala show in 2007 and 2010, pupils aged three to 20 years returned with their production for 2013 Dance Emotion.
School principal and show director Vicky Harris choreographed an imaginative concept supported by the school’s teachers including the school’s founder and artistic director Drusilla Duffill.
The show included elements of ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and musical theatre.
Natalie Sumners, pupil care manager, said: “From start to finish the dancing was impressive.
“This was well supported by slick and imaginative lighting and back projection and delightful costumes designed especially by Lucy Harris.
“The selection of music also impressed, cleverly supporting the emotional themes and even including two specially written pieces by local musician Ian White.”
Highlights of the show included the graduating seniors moving rendition of ‘Missing You’ from the musical Ghost, clever tap, graceful balletic flamingos, an extract from Honk the musical and of course the baby ballerinas dressed as rabbits and hedgehogs working their usual magic and leaving all the audience smiling.
One parent said: “It was a professional, slick and entertaining show, worthy of the West End.”
The school has developed a strong reputation in the dance world and has become a renowned place of learning for dance students in Mid Sussex cur- rently teaching ballet, tap, modern, jazz and performance classes to over 350 students of all ages.
Some of this year’s graduates have won places in professional vocational schools including The Central School of Ballet, and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Other pupils have professional work alongside their normal dance classes – student Nell is currently on the Disney Channel in their summer advertising promotions, Sammy Foster, who was formerly a ballet girl in Billy Elliot in the West End has just filmed a Marmite advert, Phoebe Moses is appearing in Swan Lake in Canterbury over the summer, Jacob Lainchbury was a hedgehog in the Royal Ballet’s production of Alice in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House earlier this year, and Oliver Sumners filmed a feature film due to be released later this year.
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