Competitive Dance Festivals

Some students from the Gemma Short School of Dance & Theatre Arts compete in Dance & Drama Festivals at various points in the year; this page will keep you up to date with festival sucesses and future news.  Take a look at some pictures and results below from recent festivals

Tilehurst Festival - Feb & March 2018

It was lovely to be back at Tilehurst again, our closest festival

to Swindon!  We had some stunning results and it was great

to see so many new dances being performed for the first time; particular congratulations go to Amy Gordon who was

awarded the Senior Bursary by the Adjudicator.  It was also

lovely to introduce Miss Gemma & Russell’s baby, Louie, who was born during the

festival and who went along to support on the final weekend!

Bournemouth Festival - June 2017

We have had another hugely successful time at Bournmouth Festival, alongside a large number of pupils from the school competing in the All England Regional Finals along the coast in Fareham.

 

Once again we had pupils qualified to dance 6 places in the Championships and Mary Martin won the Junior Classiscal Championship!  

Slough Arts Festival - April 2017

Another great festival at Slough!  So good to see so many new dances being performed!

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Tilehurst Eisteddford - Feb 2017

It was lovely to be back at Tilehurst again - our closest festival to Swindon!  A very small number of entries this year owing to the dates clashing with rehearsals for our Wyvern show as well as the performance itself, nevertheless we had some great results.  Particular congratulations go to Gabriellla Virgilio who was invited by the adjudicator to compete in the Tilehurst Bursary.  Gabriella was 1 of 6 chosen over the whole festival to compete in the Junior Bursary.  Also to Scarlet Roche who was awarded the 'Character Cup' for the highest mark at the festival.

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Bournemouth Festival - May & June 2016

GSS had a fantastic week competing at the lovely Bournemouth Festival.  Our results were fantastic and the week was topped off with two of our students winning the prestgious Junior & Senior Stage Championships.  Lots of fun was has by the GSS families inbetween competing, and we cannot wait until our next trip to Bournemouth!

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Slough Arts Festival - March & April 2016

We really enjoyed our first experience at Slough Arts Festival, which was one of the first qualifying heats for All England 2017.  We were so pleased with the results.  Well done to all the dancers.

Tilehurst Festival - February 2016

Following a break last year because of our main school show, we enjoyed returning to Tilehurst Festival this year and could not have been happier with the amazing results!  Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun too, which is so important at festivals!

 

Well done everyone! 

Kingston Festival - November 2015

In November, we competed at the Kingston Festival for the first time.  Everyone danced beautifully and we had a great time; it was a lot of fun seeing so may new dances being performed for the first time.  We were absolutely thrilled with the results for GSS students.

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Royal Wootton Bassett Drama Festival - Nov 2015

Drama students from the ages of 6-16yrs participated in the Wootton Bassett Arts Festival on 14th & 15th November 2015.  It was the second year that GSS has entered this competition and we were delighted with the performances of the students, as well as the results of the competition.  Highlights including taking 1st, 2nd & 3rd Places in the Senior Devised class and winning the Trophies for: Senior Devised Drama, TV Newsreader & Duo Mime classes.

 

Well done to all of the students who performed - we received great feedback individually and collectively as a school.

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Gosport Festival - October 2015

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Bournemouth Festival & All England Regional Finals - May 2015

The Festival and Regional Finals took place on Saturday 23rd - Saturday 30th May 2015.  GSS students worked really hard and we were delighted with the results and were pleased that some students qualified for the National Finals of the All England Dance competition.

 

See below for a full list of results, as well as some pictures from the festival.

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Gosport & Longwell Green Festivals - Oct 2014

During the October 1/2 term, we had students performing in two festivals in different regions of the country, which certainly kept everyone busy!  Both festivals were All England Semi Final qualifying festivals, so the classes were very large (often over 30 competitors in Gosport!) and the standard was particularly high.  GSS students worked really hard and we were really pleased with the results.

 

See below for a full list of results, as well as some pictures from the festivals.

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Bournemouth Festival - May 2014

The festival took place on Saturday 24th - Saturday 31st May 2014; it was an All England Semi Final qualifying festival, so the classes were very large and the standard was particularly high.  GSS students worked really hard and we were delighted with the results.

 

See below for a full list of results, as well as some pictures from the festival.



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Tilehurst Festival - March 2014

GSS had a lovely time at the Tilehurst Festival over three weekends in February and March.  We were pleased that a number of students danced at a competition for the first time and also that a number of students gained medals - well done everyone!

 

See below for a full list of results

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Longwell Green Festival - October 2013

Students of the Gemma Short School of Dance & Theatre Arts have recently competed at the Longwell Green Festivall and their talents have been recognised with a string of medals and trophies.

 

See below for a full list of results from the festival.

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Bournemouth Dance Festival (May 2013)

Students competed at the Bournemouth Dance Festival, the first festival for the school, and we had a very successful week!

 

See below for a full list of results from the festival.

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