West End dancer returns to Sussex Downs College


SUSSEX Downs College dance department welcomed back a former student – now appearing in London’s West End – to the Lewes campus this week.

Lucy Ashenden, who attended the college in 2003, has recently been on stage in the smash hit musical Chicago.

She was able to share her experience with current crop of students by leading a couple of dance workshops.

Lucy said: “I am thrilled to be back here in Lewes, this is where it all began for me.

“In those days I travelled to the college from the Hastings area, having been a pupil at Claverham Community College in Battle.

“Sussex Downs College was the only place to come if you were serious about dance and performing arts. I am pleased to be able to help the next generation of stars.”

Following her time at Sussex Downs, Lucy trained at the London Studio Centre (graduating in 2008), where she was awarded the girls’ prize for Musical Theatre. Her credits while training include Dominique Du Monaco in Lucky Stiff and Mrs Marshal in Playhouse Creatures.

Lucy made her professional debut in the touring production of Singin’ in the Rain and in 2010 she joined the cast of Chicago in the West End.

Now the longest running Broadway musical to play in London, the multi-award winning production is famed for its spectacular choreography and a sizzling score.