Dance students from Chichester College virtually swept the board at this year’s Global Rock Challenge heat, held at The Hawth in Crawley on Thursday (28 February).
The students stepped back in time to the 1950s for their multi-award winning performance ‘Bletchley’, which told the story of a group of women who worked as codebreakers at Bletchley Park and re-united to solve a string of murders in the 1950s.
They performed an eight-minute piece to an eclectic sound track ranging from Rock and Roll to contemporary music, enabling the students to showcase a variety of styles– and impress the judges who handed out no fewer than eleven awards to Chichester College, including the top prize.
The college was named overall winner of the heat, and were also recognised for Excellence for Entertainment, Excellence for Soundtrack, Excellence for Choreography, Excellence for Concept, Excellence for Set Design & Function and Excellence for Performance Skills – among other categories.
Andrew Green, Executive Principal at the Chichester College Group, said: “This is a tremendous result for our talented dancers.
“They took a really interesting subject – the Bletchley Circle codebreakers – and produced a beautiful dance concept, which they performed flawlessly.
“They have worked really hard with their lecturers and put in a lot of hours to refine and hone performance, and I’m delighted to see their talent and determination has been rewarded with so many deserving awards.”
Victory in the Crawley heat means the group – comprised of first and second year students on the level 3 Dance diploma – will be performing again at the regional finals in Portsmouth on Thursday 25 April.