Dance studio wins multiple medals at local dance festival

6th May

East Sussex Dance Studios

Founder of East Sussex Dance Studios Jenna Crescenzo (left) with adjudicator of the South Downs Dance Festival Genevieve

Performing arts school, East Sussex Dance Studios celebrated success at the weekend at the annual South Downs Dance Festival, South Chailey.

Students of the school that has branches in Heathfield, Ticehurst as well as newly opened Marks Cross, were awarded 20 gold medals, 24 trophies, 11 silvers, 6 bronzes with two special adjudicator awards going to senior pupil Darcy Toyn for ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ and junior pupil Milly Goodall winning the award for ‘Most Potential Primary.’

ESDS was established in 2014 by ex-professional performer Jenna Crescenzo, when she took over Heathfield School of Dance that was founded by the late Sandra Owen. Welcoming children of all ages, abilities and experience across East Sussex with an interest in dance and the performing arts, Jenna has successfully grown the school that opened its latest branch in Marks Cross only last month.

Jenna and her team of teachers offer ballet, tap, modern, Irish, acro, lyrical, contemporary, street dance, musical theatre and vocal coaching, with 100% exam pass rate with the ISTD. They pride themselves in making children with interest in dance and the performing arts realise their potential, whether they do it for fun or have an interest in making it their career. Ex-students have gone on to The Royal Ballet School, Tring Park School of Performing Arts, The Hammond and the acclaimed Emil Dale.

Students have performed at the BTA, English Youth Ballet, NYMT with many currently undertaking extra training at The Royal Ballet Associates, Prima Associates, London Children’s Ballet and The Wells Associate Programme. Jenna also helps pupils secure dance and drama scholarships in the private senior school sector.

The school puts on a show every two years and will be performing ‘Ruby Shoes’ at the Assembly Hall in Tunbridge Wells on 6th July, with tickets open to the general public when they go on sale via the Assembly Hall website in the next few weeks.

Free trial sessions will be available in September when the new academic year starts for those interested in joining. For more information, please visit