Sussex Dance Festival Gets Off On a Good Footing In Brighton

The Sussex Festival of Performing Arts has enjoyed its first week at Roedean Theater in Brighton. The private school was the scene for a spectacular display of classical and modern dance as well as ballet.

Jo Arnett, festival manager said: “We have had a wonderful week at Sussex Festival of Performing Arts at Roedean Theatre.  We had dancers from 3 years to 21 years taking part in all genres of dance – Classical Ballet, Tap, Song and Dance, National, Classical Greek, Modern and Contemporary.  Our youngest dancer was 3 year old Ailsa Bond-Vannuffel from The Bond School of Dance in Seaford. It was her debut performance.”

3 year-old Ailsa, performing for the first time. Credit: D E Photo.

3 year-old Ailsa, performing for the first time. Credit: D E Photo.

Sussex Festival is a unique dance festival as it is twinned with Gibraltar Dance Festival – each year they send a dancer to Gibraltar on an all expenses paid trip and Gibraltar send a dancer to Sussex festival too. Portsmouth-born Tara Holland, 13, from Timestep Dance School in Portsmouth won the award this year, she’ll be jetting off to Gibraltar next February to take part in their dance festival.

Dancers wait to hear who has won awards. Credit: D E Photo

Dancers wait to hear who has won awards. Credit: D E Photo

Every day this week about 300 people have been attending the festival. it will now move on to its second part, a group dance day, that will take place at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley on Sunday 23 April from 10.30am – 8pm.

Dance schools from Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey and further afield will take part in the group event, and it is expected to draw larger crowds of around 700 people.

Credit: D E Photo

Credit: D E Photo

Tickets for the event start from £8.00, you can purchase tickets for the event or find out more information from the festival website.

 

 

 

 

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