Student Success - 2018

This page is an opportunity to share some of the many Dance and Theatre Arts successes that individual GSS students achieve other than with their exams and festival work.  Our 'GSS News' page records some of the school's successes and our 'Graduate Students' page is a great opportunity to see the achievements of students as they gratduate to full time vocational training or professional performances. 

Maria competes at Ballet Awards (Oct 2018)

Congratulations to Maria Adamik who competed at the ISTD Junior Ballet Awards for the first time.


Maria danced beautifully as always!

Pupils perform in Oklahoma! (Oct 2018)

Pupils had a great time performing in the SALOS production of 'Oklahoma!' at the Wyvern Theatre. 


Kieran Jefferies played the principal role of Will Parker and wowed audiences with his dancing in the big show numbers!  Kieran was joined on stage by Matilda Blake, Josie Blake, Amelia Corcoran, Megan Dalton, Kyle Iles, Lily Bell and Evangelina Brannan who were part of the children's ensemble. 


'Oklahoma!' was directed for SALOS by our very own drama teacher, Russell Langdown, and was choreographed by Miss Gemma.     

Tildy to perform in tour of 'Nativity' (Sep 2018)

We are so excited that GSS student Matilda Blake is joining the cast of ‘Nativity’ The Musical.


Matilda who successfully auditioned for the musical will be performing when the tour visits Oxford this December.


We are so proud of you Tildy and can’t wait to watch you 

Summer Scholarship Success (July /Aug 2018)

Lots of GSS students took part in summer schools at vocational schools around the country.  We were delighted that a number of students were awarded scholarships for future training.


Musical Theatre at Tring Park - Rhiannon Mackay & Molly Lovegrove.  Rhiannon was awarded 1 of only 2 Scholarships to attend next year.

Bird Summer School - Ruby Roche, Kieran Jefferies, Scarlet Roche, Jess Dunn & Winnie Diggens.  Winnie was awarded 1 of 3 Scholarships to attend next year.  Ruby & Kieran were awarded Commendations for their work.

Rosina Andrews - Megan Dalton, Frankie Bates, Sophia Thomas & Tilly Robison

Pineapple & Move It Shake It - Lauren Hill

Rebecca Davies Workshops - Molly Lovegrove, Ruby Roche, Jess Dunn & Winnie Diggens

Stagebox - Ellie Benge, Tildy Blake, Scarlet Roche, Kieran Jefferies & Rhiannon Mackay

Urdang - ‘Golden Cards’. There were only 2 awarded to 16 year olds, Scarlet Roche received one of them. The Golden Card means that Scarlet will head straight to the second round of auditions in 2019 for the full time college.

Modelling for GSS pupils (June/July 2018)

We are so pleased that a number of our pupils were selected to model for Pointe Perfection, Swindon's Pointe shoe supplier. 


Congratulations to:  Hannah Tuohy, Ella Jones, Molly Lovegrove & Belle Tarrant

Pupils Perform In Gala Concert (June 2018)

Ella Jones, Tilly Robison, Ruby Roche, Jess Dunn & Scarlet Roche were pleased to be asked to perform in the Bournemouth Music Festival Gala following their success at the Dance festival in May!  Well done girls - great to be invited to perform. 

Festival Win For Musical Theatre Class (June 2018)

Congratulations to all our Musical Theatre students who competed in the ‘Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival’. Our INTER/SNR class won, with our Juniors gaining second place!  Even Louie enjoyed watching his first music festival!

Audition Success For Frankie & Belle (June 2018)

We are so proud that Frankie Bates & Belle Tarrant have successfully auditioned for ‘Tring Park Classical Academy’. Frankie & Belle starts their Associate classes with the prestigious school in September 2018 alongside their training at GSS.  Congratulations on this fantastic achievementgirls - we are so proud of you!

Audition Success For Kyle (June 2018)

We are so pleased that Kyle Iles has successfully auditioned for ‘Stagebox’!


Kyle was offered a place on their ‘London Elite Team’ joining Scarlet, Kieran, Rhiannon, Tildy and Ellie.

We are so proud of you Kyle.

Audition Success For Maria (June 2018)

We are so proud that GSS student, Maria Adamik- Braguim, has successfully auditioned for ‘ The Royal Ballet Junior Associate Programme.’  Maria will attend classes with the Royal Ballet fortnightly starting in September alongside her training at GSS.  We are so proud of you Maria on this fantastic achievement!

Janet Cram Finals (June 2018)

What a wonderful day at the Finals of the ISTD Janet Cram Awards!


Congratulations to Scarlet Roche and Winnie Diggens who danced beautifully in the Premier and Senior sections.  Winnie received a commendation and Scarlet was awarded one of three awards. Scarlet’s award was for the way she danced and performed in the class and her solo, and for "sharing her love of dance" with the audience and the adjudicators!  Congratulations girls. 

World Premiere for Rhiannon (May 2018)

We were so excited that Rhiannon Mackay successfully auditioned and performed in ‘A Little Princess’ at London's Royal Festival Hall. This was the UK premiere of the musical is directed by Arlene Phillips OBE.


Well done Rhiannon - we are so proud of you!

Audition Success For Mary (May 2018)

Congratulations to Mary Martin who has successfully re-auditioned for the Ballet Theatre UK, and this year will be in their Senior Associate Programme!  Congratulations Mary, we are so proud of you!





Veronica Auditions For Tap Attack (May 2018)

Congratulations to Veronica Anello who successfully auditioned for Tap Attack Associates.  Veronica joins fellow GSS students: Amelie Bassett-Reid, Tilly Robison, Ruby Roche, Gabriella Virgilio, Jess Dunn, Megan Henly, Jess Williams & Kieran Jefferies, who have all successfully re auditioned!  Congratulations to you all!

ISTD Ballet Awards (May 2018)

Congratulations to Ella, Megan, Frankie, Mary, Rhiannon and Winnie for dancing so beautifully at the ISTD Ballet Awards today.  A particular congratulations to Ella, who was awarded a place in the finals of the Grade 4 class!  Well done girls.

Modelling Opportunity For Ella (May 2018)

Congratulations to Ella Jones, who successfully won a competition to model for ‘Eden Dancewear’.  Such a fantastic achievement to model for such a wonderful brand. Well done Ella!

Elhurst Succcess for Belle & Emily (May 2018)

Congratulations to Emily Mackay and Belle Tarrant who have successfully re-auditioned for Elmhurst’s Associate Programme!


Congratulations girls on this fantastic achievement - we are so proud of you!

Pupils To Appear In Professional Panto (May 2018)

We are so excited to announce that Megan Johnson, Joanna Miller, Winnie Diggens & Georgia Skinner have all successfully auditioned for the Wyvern Theatre's Pantomime ‘Aladdin’ in 2018/19


Janet Cram Regional Finals (May 2018)

So proud of Ella, Tilly, Ruby, Jess, Winnie, Molly & Scarlet at the Janet Cram Awards resulting in 3 commendations and 2 finalists!

Tildy With The Olivier Award (April 2018)

A lovely picture of GSS student, Tildy Blake, holding 1 of the 3 Olivier Awards awarded to ‘The Ferryman’!


Tildy is playing Honor Carney in the West End play and was also lucky enough to attend the awards!

Modelling Opportunity for Winnie (April 2018)

Congratulations to Winnie Diggens who has been chosen to represent Miss Ellie Dancewear (Covent Garden) as a Senior Ambassador

TV Appearance For Tilly (April 2018)

Fantastic to see Tilly Robison dancing on "Little Big Shot" with Dawn French along with her Tap Attack partners.

ISTD Star Tap Challenge (April 2018)

What a fantastic day at the ‘ISTD Tap Challenge’. Congratulations to Amelie, Ruby, Winnie, Jess & Kieran, who were all amazing.  

Congratulations to Winnie and Jess who were in the Top 10 out of 60 in the SNR section and through to the finals, and also to Kieran who was in the Top 10 out of 60 and through to the finals in the Premier section.  Kieran then went on to be awarded Runner Up in the Premier section! 

West End Success For Matilda (Nov 2017-Apr 2018)

We are so pleased that GSS student, Matilda Blake, made her 'West End' Debut in 'The Ferryman'! A 5-star Award-winning play directed by Sam Mendes.


Tildy played the role of 'Honor Carney,' the youngest daughter of the Irish 'Carney' farmhouse family.


The Ferryman premiered at the Royal Court Theatre  in 2017 and was the fastest selling show in the theatre's history. Tildy performed at the Gielgud Theatre and her first performance was on her 9th Birthday!  Tildy performed in the show until April 2018.


Take a look at this lovely article about Matilda's success in the Swindon Advertiser.

Congratulations Tildy on this fantastic achievement - we are so proud of you and thoroughly enjoyed watching your opening night!

Associate Success For Mary (Feb 2018)

Congratulations to Mary Martin who has successfully auditioned for the contemporary ballet associate programme with 'Chantry Dance Company.'  Mary will complete this training alongside her training at GSS.

Tring Park Success For Ella (Jan 2018)

Congratulations to Ella Jones, who has successfully auditioned for 'Tring Park School for the Performing Arts'. Ella has not only been offered a full time place on the Dance Course but also on the Theatre Arts Course as well. This fantastic news follows her recent success of also being offered a full time place at 'Sylvia Young's Theatre School'. 3 offers at 11 years old is fantastic..

Tilly Performs At ISTD Bursary Awards (Jan 2018)

We were delighted that Matilda Robison was invited to dance at the prestigious ISTD Bursary Awards.  Following her win at the Star Tap Awards last year, Tilly was one of only two dancers to represent the ISTD Tap faculty. 

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