About Our School
Brooks Dance Academy was founded in 1995 under its original name The Shoreham School of Dance by ex-professional dancer and Arts Ed graduate Jacqueline Brooks (ISTD CDE Dip).
The school grew to become a successful, dynamic dance academy with its own studio space in Lancing, West Sussex, a stones-throw away from the beautiful Sussex coastline. Brooks is also currently part-based at the new state-of-the-art dance studios at Sir Robert Woodard Academy, Lancing. We value creativity, dedication, discipline, joy & self-expression.
Along with teaching ISTD dance syllabus in ballet and tap, other syllabi our teachers work with includes: Acrobatic Arts, Alixa Flexibility, Progressing Ballet Technique, British Ballet Organisation and Rambert Grades.
The academy offers a huge range of training in all different styles of dance, such as: Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro, Lyrical, Street/Hiphop, Commercial & Heels.
Regular exam sessions are held with the ISTD. We also run a huge variety of other classes and run a very dynamic competition team.
Everyone is invited to take part in our much-loved bi-annual dance show, which recently has been at ACCA, Brighton.
Many of our students are also encouraged to audition and perform in local pantomimes, festivals, competitions and shows.
Our senior students are encouraged to audition for pre-vocational programmes to further their education before applying to professional dance college.
The types of pre-vocational courses our students attend include: The Place CAT, Trinity Laban CAT, English National Ballet Associates, Central School of Dance Ballet Associates, Performers Elite, Prima Associates, Ballet Boost &
Ceyda Tanc Youth.
We invite the most dedicated and talented students to join our performance troupes.
Dancers work on choreographed routines in styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical and Street to be performed throughout the year.
Pupils must take a minimum of three classes a week in relevant styles along with their troupe class.
We compete locally at Competitions, Youth Platforms and Festivals. Pupils who have been part of our competition team for over a year and are confident performers will also be invited to learn solos, duets and trios.
Head to the Competition Team section to find out more.
While we strive to produce well trained dancers, many of whom go on to study dance in further education, our main priority is for students to keep fit, enjoy a wonderful creative hobby, make friends and build confidence for later life.
We believe in pushing students to be creative, to find out what they love about dance and celebrate their unique strengths.
In the past we have also run an annual Choreography Competition where students can create their own dances in groups. They are awarded on the basis of their idea, creativity and execution and all students are awarded for taking part.