GSS News!

Summer Concert & Prize-giving (July 2018)

Congratulations to all of our wonderful students who performed at our annual Summer Concert, you all danced and sang beautifully!  We have had another wonderful academic year at GSS; only made possible with wonderful teachers, wonderful students and wonderful parents!


Thank you so much for all your hard work and support and especially to our fantastic teachers! Thank you to everyone who helped on Saturday and donated cakes and raffle prizes. It was lovely to see so many of you there.

GSS perform with Pasha from 'Strictly' (Jan 2018)

Lights...Camera... Ballroom. Pasha Kovalev (from BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing) retured with his brand-new show The Magic of Hollywood.


We were delighted that Pasha has asked GSS to be the guest performers in his Swindon show at the Wyvern Theatre on Friday 27th April, having danced for him back in 2014.

This amazing new show was jam-packed with sequins, glitz and glamour as Pasha took to the stage with his sensational dancers as they perform Oscar-worthy performances all set to a Hollywood them.  GSS pupils performed two dances in the show, including being joined by Pasha himself in one of the numbers!  It was lovely to see Pasha and the dancers watching the GSS pupils from backstage after their quick changes and Pasha was very complimentary to Miss Gemma about the pupils and the standard of their work.

GSS Christmas Concert (Dec 2017)

Congratulations to all our students who performed beautifully in our Christmas Concert on Saturday. A big thank you to all the parents who helped, Sue, Russell and all our wonderful GSS teachers.

"Seize The Day" - Arts Centre (Nov 2017)

Our Drama & Musical Theatre departments enjoyed our annual showcase called "Seize The Day".


The performance took place on Sunday 26th November 2017 and was staged at Swindon's beautiful Arts Centre theatre.




"That's Entertainment" - Wyvern Theatre           (Mar 2017)

WOW - what a fantastic show!


Thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a success and also to everyone who came to watch.


We are of proud of each and every pupil who performed, from our 1 year old 'Music, Movement & Make Believe' tots through to our adult tappers.


Click on the poster to see a show-reel of the performance!




End of Term Concert & Prize-giving (July 2016)

We had a great time at our annual Summer Concert and Prize-giving, where we enjoyed a number of performances and celebrated the achievements of our students. 


It was also an opportunity to say goodbye to two of our Seniors, Kaitlyn and Chloe Hill, who are leaving us this year to start their full time vocational course at Wilkes Academy with full scholarships.  You really will be missed girls & we wish you every success for your future in Dance - we look forward to seeing you in Panto later in the year! 

Students invited to perform in Gala (July 2016)

After winning their class with their Tap Quartet, at Bournemouth Dance Festival last month, Scarlet Roche, Winnie Diggens, Amy Gordon and Sophie Powell were invited to perform at the end of season Gala for the 'Bournemouth Music Competition Festival Concert.  The Gala was held at the Pavillion Theatre in Bournemouth on Saturday 2nd July.


It was a fantastic achievement to be invited to perform and the girls had a great time!  Well done to all of you. 

Drama & Singing Showcase at Arts Centre (May 2016)

Our Singing, Musical Theatre and Drama students performed their first showcase at the Arts Centre, Swindon on Saturday 14th May 2016.


This was an opportunity to see solos and ensemble voice work as well as monologues, dualogue, script work and devised drama.


It was fantastic to perform to a sell-out audience at the theatre - thank you to everyone who supported us.

Drama students perform at RWBAF launch  (Feb 2016)

Mia Gaulton and Molly Diamond were invited to perform in February at the launch of the Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival 2016 events. The girls presented their mime that they created for the 2015 festival where they won their class.


Well done girls! 

Christmas Concert (Dec 2015)

On 12th Dec, we held our annual Christmas Concert and we had a great time watching fesstival work, as wel as new dances created for the performance with a Christmas theme!  It was particularly enjoyable to have our pre-school class join us and for many of them it was their first time on stage as they danced to 'Silent Night.' 

Students sing at Miss Gemma & Russell's Wedding (Aug 2015)

On Saturday 8th August, Miss Gemma & Russell were delighted to have some of the GSS Musical Theatre students singing at their wedding at Christ Church.  The students worked hard with Miss Amy in preparation for the special day, and performed a beautiful harmony version of "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?"   So many of Miss Gemma & Russell's family and friends commented on how great it was to hear the students singing, and it brought a tear to many eyes in Christ Church! 


Miss Gemma and Russell were delighted and honoured to see so many GSS students and families at the marriage ceremony and for drinks and cakes in the church grounds following the service.  They would like to thank everyone at the school who helped make their day so special and for the many beautiful gifts that they received.   

GSS Summer School (July 2015)

GSS students have had a fun start to the summer holidays with our Summer School.  We have used Dance, Drama, Singing, design and stage make-up to focus on the Musical Theatre genre.


We hope you all enjoyed your week!

GSS Summer Concert & Prize-giving (July 2015)

We had a great end of term Summer Concert on Saturday 18th July.  A showcase of dances from every genre, as well as Drama and Musical Theatre, were followed by our annual Prize-giving of medals and special awards. 


We were delighted that Karis Wilkinson, Atalya Atherton & Megan Phillips, who have all completed their first year in full time vocational training, returned to present the awards.


Well done to all of our 2015 prize winners!


Take a look at more pictures from the evening.

Dance World Cup - Romania (June 2015)

We were so excited that Sophie Powell and Scarlet Roche were selected to represent Team England at the Dance World Cup, which was held in Bucharest, Romania from 26th June - 4th July 2015.  Over 18,000 competitors from 38 countries competed at their country qualifiers, and a panel of 4 UK judges selected the dancers to represent Team England.  Last year, the English team comprised of dancers who represented just 12 dance schools across the country, so this is a huge achievement.  


Sophie & Scarlet competed in their classes with dances performed at recent festivals, all of which were choreographed by Miss Gemma.


Scarlet and Sophie were awarded 2nd Place with a Silver Medal for their Tap Duet


Scarlet was awarded 2nd Place with a Silver Medal for her Modern Solo


Scarlet was awarded 1st Place with a Gold Medal for her Song & Dance solo - this makes her a World Champion for her age group!


Scarlet was also awarded the overall Shield at the Gala for her Song & Dance from the Children and Minis age categories.


Congratulations girls - we are so proud of what you achieved!

This is the greatest all-genre dance competition for children and young adults around the world and we felt excited and privileged to represent England


Take a look at the lovely feature in the Swindon Advertiser

GSS Drama Open-workshop Performance Evening (June 2015)

We are looking forward to Saturday 20th June when we hold our annual Open-workshop Performance evening for the Drama students.


It is an informal opportunity for friends and family to see drama skills that are developed in class, such as spontaneous improvisation, as well as how performance drama is created.


Last year students had great fun responding to the suggestions from our 'audience'!


GSS School Show: 'All The World's A Stage' (March 2015)

Thank you to everyone who supported our first school show on Saturday 7th March.  We had a fantastic day at the Wyvern Theatre, with great audiences at both our 2.30pm and 7.30pm shows.


The feedback has been excellent - congratulations to everyone involved!



Take a look at our pictures from our rehearsals

GSS Charity donation (Feb 2015)

GSS were kindly offered a donation for dancing in the Kentwood Christmas shows - we have asked Sheila and Chris to donate the money to charity, and a donation will be made to the Sue Ryder Foundation on our behalf.


Thanks to all of our students who danced in these shows.


GSS students perform in 'Those Kentwood Kids' (Dec. 2014)

GSS students danced in their last performance for 2014 as guests of Sheila Harrod in "Those Kentwood Kids" Christmas show at the Arts Centre on Saturday 20th Dec. 2014.  


Take a look at some of the photos from backstage, which included a giant game of Twister and a celebration for Morgan's birthday! 

GSS students to represent England in the Dance World Cup in 2015

We are so excited that Sophie Powell and Scarlet Roche have been selected to represent Team England at the Dance World Cup, which will be held in Bucharest, Romania from 26th June - 4th July 2015.  Over 18,000 competitors from 38 countries compete at their country qualifiers, and a panel of 4 UK judges select the dancers to represent Team England.  Last year, the English team comprised of dancers who represented just 12 dance schools across the country, so this is a huge achievement.  


Sophie & Scarlet will compete in their classes with dances performed at recent festivals, all of which were choreographed by Miss Gemma.

This is the greatest all-genre dance competition for children and young adults around the world and we feel excited and privileged to represent England.

GSS students perform in production of "White Christmas" (Dec. 2014)

GSS student, Ruth Flame, played the role of Susan in "White Christmas" which was performed to 6 sell-out audiences at the Arts Centre in December 2014.  The production was a Swindon premier of the popular musical.  Ruth was joined in the cast by fellow GSS students: Kaitlyn Hill, Morgan Ogle, Bella Bees, and Ulani Seaman, who played the Chorus Girls. 


The show was co-directed by GSS drama teacher, Russell Langdown, and choreographed by Miss Gemma.  

GSS students perform as guests of the Kentwood Choir - Dec. 2014

On Sunday 23rd November GSS students performing at the Wyvern Theatre as guests of Sheila Harrod and the Kentwood Choir for their annual Christmas Cracker.


Christmas came early with tapping snowmen during In Summer from 'Frozen,' and there was also the dance of the cygent from 'Swan Lake' and a pas de deux with a difference!



GSS Students perform in "Oliver!" at the Wyvern Theatre (Oct 2014)

20 GSS students were in the cast of 60 children in the SALOS production of "Oliver!", which was performed at the Wyvern Theatre in October. "Oliver!" was directed by GSS Drama teacher, Russell, and choreographed by Miss Gemma; it also featured GSS Musical Theatre teacher, Miss Amy, who played the role of Mrs Sowerberry. 


 Well done to all of the children who performed.


"The rapturous response of audiences at the Wyvern is well deserved by the large cast, orchestra and stage crew, all deftly directed by Russell Langdown. The show has excellent choreography, fine dancers and a strong, well-co-ordinated chorus. Groups of characters create swirling patterns on stage, as the action glides from scene to scene"


"Russell and his production team have once again put together an entertaining evening, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed."


Read the full Review of "Oliver!" (Gazette & Herald)

GSS girls with a congratulatory flower from Miss Gemma

GSS welcomes Miss Jessica to our teaching team - Sept. 2014

We are delighted to announce that Miss Jessica Marshall will be joining Miss Gemma, Miss Tiki and Miss Leah in the GSS teaching team for Dance from September 2014; Jessica will be teaching our new 'American (Free) Tap' and Fitness classes.  Jessica is a graduate from Elmhurst Ballet School and is also a teacher for associate classes across the UK for the internationally renowned 'Tap Attack'.


Follow the link for more information on our GSS teaching team.

Exciting new specialist classes for GSS - Sept. 2014

As we start the new term, we are pleased to offer some exciting new classes at GSS which we believe will be both enjoyable and of huge benefit to students.  We are introducing classes for "Freestyle, Commercial & American Tap", "Fitness for Dance", and "Ballet Plus". 


These classes are designed to compliment ISTD syllabus classes to improve technique as well as to reflect the current developments in genre, and bridge the gap between technical ability and artistic performance standards and expectations.   

Annual Summer Concert & Prize-giving - July 2014

On Saturday 19th July, we celebrated the end of our school year with our annual Summer Concert and Prize-giving at Churchfields Academy.  The audience were treated to a number of performances from students of all ages which included festival work, devised drama, and Jazz numbers choreographed for the evening. 


We were delighted to be able to recognise some fantastic achivements from students, many of which appear on our Student Successes page of our website, as well as the hard work and progress acheieved in class and festival work.  The evening was also an opportunity to say 'goodbye and good luck' to a 3 students who are moving on to full time vocational dance training from September: Karis Wilkinson (Full scholarship to Tring Park), Atalya Atherton (Scholarship to Wilkes Academy 16+), and Hannah Sumner (Full Scholarship Nothern Ballet). 


Photos from the evening can be found below, as well as a list of those awarded medals and trophies.  

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Wyvern Theatre Performance: "To Live Is To Dance" - July 2014

GSS were pleased to perform in the recent production of "To Live Is To Dance" on 9th July 2014.  The proceeds were donated to an ex-professional 41 year old Swindon dancer in order that she and her young family can create some lasting memories after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, with a 2-6 month life expectancy. This show was an exciting first for Swindon, with all of the dance schools from the town coming together to help this family build ever lasting memories; the show raised over £6,000.

Arts Centre Performance: "A Handful of Songs" (R&J Musicals) - July 2014

We were pleased to be invited to showcase GSS students in Ray Dance & Judith Sharp's concert: "A Handful of Songs" which was performed at the Arts Centre, Swindon 3rd -5th July 2014.


Around 30 students performed and it was a great opportunity for GSS students to develop their performance experience.


The show was in aid of the charity 'Goldenhar Family Support Group'.


We are really proud of the comment about GSS students in the review for the show from Wiltshire's Gazette & Herald newspaper.

Wyvern Theatre Performance: "An Evening with the Stars of Strictly Come Dancing" - April 2014

The Gemma Short School of Dance & Theatre Arts was pleased to be invited to perform as guests in 'An Evening with the Stars of Strictly Come Dancing' on Tuesday 15th April. 


The professional touring show was at the Wyvern Theatre and GSS students performed 2 dances.


The students had a great time and enjoyed meeting the show's stars Pasha Kovalev and Katya Virshilas; they were also all given a tour t-shirt which Pasha and Katya signed before the show as a reminder of their experience.  


Well done girls, you did GSS proud!


The lovely pictures below are of the dancers backstage, in their technicals rehearsal and having their t-shirts signed by Pasha & Katya.

GSS celebrates our 1st Birthday!!!!

On Saturday 5th April 2014, we celebrated our first anniversary of the school opening.  We had a lovely party for students, familes, the GSS team, and people who have suppported the school over the past year; we enjoyed a buffet, live music from the Nathan Jones Allstars Jazz Band, as well as plenty of opportunity for everyone to have fun!


Thank you to everyone who attended and also for the many thoughftul cards and gifts to the GSS teaching team.


Lots of exciting events to look forward to as we enter our second year.

'Blood Brothers' Trip for the Senior Drama Class - March 2014

The Senior Drama class enjoyed a trip to the Wyvern Theatre on Saturday 15th March to watch the musical 'Blood Brothers'.  The show has lots of good examples of drama techniques and it was definitely a fun (and emotional!) afternoon which will provide lots of ideas for future work.

Christmas Concert 2013

The GSS Christmas Concert took place at 6.30pm on Saturday 14th December 2013 at Churchfields Academy; it was an opportunity to see some class and performance work from the Autumn Term.


Proceeds of this event are being added to the chosen charity supported by GSS this year, which is Swindon Young Carers.


Thank you to everyone who helped, donated cakes for sale, and who watched the performance.

The Gemma Short School of Dance & Theatre Arts is pleased to welcome our new Dance Teachers (25-8-13)

As we start our second term, we are delighted that the school has already expanded with more students and an increased demand for extra classes. We are therefore pleased to welcome Miss Tiki Howard and Miss Leah Thomas who will be joining Miss Gemma in the teaching team for Dance.


Both Tiki and Leah have teaching experiences which will further enhance the school’s commitment to high standards and positive ethos.


Find out more about the teaching team at The Gemma Short School of Dance & Theatre Arts.

First Pupils Sign Up at Gemma Short School of Dance (April 2013)

We had a great day at the Open Day on Sunday with lots of people coming along to see the new studios, enjoy some delicious cakes and, of course,  talk to Miss Gemma, Miss Amy and Russell about courses.


We were overwhelmed by the number of pupils who have already signed up for classes in dance, musical theatre, drama and singing for the spring term and we would like to welcome all of our new students. It was so exciting to see you all today and we are all really looking forward to the new term!

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