BROOKS DANCE ACADEMY, formerly The Shoreham School of Dance, was founded by Arts Ed graduate and ex-professional dancer Jacqueline Brooks (ISTD CDE) in 1995, who in recent years has formed a dynamic duo with her eldest daughter Lucy Brooks (Masters in Drama & Theatre). BROOKS offers a thriving dance school, based in our own purpose-built dance studio in Lancing West Sussex, as well as hired spaces in Shoreham-by-sea and Southwick, with a full timetable of classes in all styles. We also run a successful competition team and elite training options for those wanting a career or an exciting hobby in dance.
The school provides ISTD syllabus and bespoke dance training with fantastic exam results in Modern, Tap & Ballet, as well as teaching styles such as Contemporary, Street, Commercial, Lyrical, Jazz and Acro. Students perform and compete at local dance competitions & festivals and the whole school performs in our bi-annual show. In 2019 this was held at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts in Brighton.
A rewarding hobby, or a potential career
Our dancers are defined by their excellent technique, and we believe the discipline of traditional Ballet is very important. We encourage all dancers to start training in ballet, as well as modern and tap from the age of 3/4. From around age 8 we offer additional classes in Acro, Contemporary, Lyrical, Street, and dancers who show potential may be invited to join our troupe teams that take part in extra training on Saturdays, and perform and compete locally. Dancers over 10 years old who have only done gymnastics or have little dance experience must now audition to join the school. This is so we can check to see if we think the student will be capable of catching up with our students, and to ensure they have the right level of commitment.
We prioritise places at the school for dancers who want to take 3 or more classes a week, and do not usually offer drop-in or once a week places for any of our classes.
Distinctive style and unique training
We strive to teach our dancers expressive and creative choreography, explore modern dance disciplines and encourage dancers to be unique. We have been described by dance adjudicators as quirky, unique, distinctive and classy, and we feel that this sums us up perfectly.
In 2018, our senior dancers worked with our troupe choreographer Miss Lucy to put together a music video piece to Cocoon by local recording artist Emma Gatrill. Here's the final result, filmed & edited by Chris Lucraft.
See our dancers in action
Email or phone today to book a free trial class
Phone: 01903 816003
Mobile: 07910 681902
Brooks Dance Academy
339-341 Broadway Court, Brighton Road, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 8JT
Mrs Jackie Brooks CDE Dip
Address: 15 Roman Road, Steyning, BN44 3FN