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.
We are so delighted that GSS student, Ella Jones, has successfully auditioned for the famous 'Sylvia Young' Theatre School in London. Ella was contacted 2 hours after her audition by Sylvia Young herself with the news she had be awarded a full time place at the school.
Congratulations Ella we are so so proud of you on this fantastic achievement!
Our Drama and Musical Theatre students showcased their work in their annual performance at Swindon's Arts Centre. This was a great opportunity to share class and festival work in a professional theatre.
GSS student, Tilly Robison, travelled to Germany with Tap Attack to represent Great Britain at the World Tap Championships.
Tilly came 3rd for her solo, 2nd for her Trio and the Junior Formation group that Tilly was part of came 1st and were crowned as World Champions!!!
Congratulations Tilly on this fantastic achievement. We are so proud of you and have loved watching you! Congratulations also to our amazing Miss Jess who's JNR Formation Group was amazing and the choreography was outstanding!
Congratulations to Jo and the whole of Tap Attack on a wonderful week!
A great weekend for our Drama students at the Royal Wotton Bassett Arts Festival. We were so proud of how everyone performed from our 6 years olds through to our 16 year olds, and the excellent results were an added bonus!
Devised Group Drama (16 years & under)
Grace, Ellie, Elliemay, Kieran, Mia, Megan - 1st Place & Mark Flitton Trophy
Winnie, Nicole, Rebecca, Rhiannon, Jess, Frankie - 3rd Place
Duologue Acting (16 years & under)
Kieran Jefferies & Tom Keen - 1st Place & The McDowell Cups
Ellie Bannister & Elliemay Newman - 2nd Place
Verse Speaking (6 years)
Josie Blake - 3rd Place
Duologue Acting (12 years & under)
Rhiannon Mackay & Gabriella Virgilio - 2nd Place
We are so proud to announce that Tilly Robison has been nominated by the ISTD Tap faculty as one of only two students to represent Tap in the ISTD Bursary Award performance on 21st January 2018!
The ISTD Bursary Awards will present inspiring performances by outstanding young dancers representing the Cecchetti Classical Ballet, Classical Greek, Classical Indian, Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, National and Tap faculties. There are two categories and Tilly has been nominated for the junior category.
This is a huge achievement and we are so proud of you Tilly!
We are so excited to announce that GSS student, Matilda Blake, will be making her 'West End' Debut in 'The Ferryman'! A 5-star Award-winning play directed by Sam Mendes.
Tildy will be taking the role of 'Honor Carney,' the youngest daughter of the Irish 'Carney' farmhouse family.
The Ferryman premiered at the Royal Court Theatre early this year and is the fastest selling show in the theatre's history. Tildy will be performing at the Gielgud Theatre and will open on her 9th Birthday! Tildy will perform in the show with it's extended run 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 can't wait to watch your opening night!
We are delighted that Ellie Bannister has joined the 'Urdang Connect' associate course in London. The course provides comprehensive training including technique, performance styles and live performance, laying solid groundwork for a successful career in the performing arts.
Ellie will attend this programme alongside her training at GSS.
A lovely photo of GSS student Amy Gordon attending 'Tring Park' Musical Theatre Summer School. Amy returned to the Summer School after being awarded 1 of 2 scholarships last year. What a fantastic achievement as 1 was given to a boy and the other to Amy!
We hope you had a wonderful time Amy and can't wait to hear all about it!
Fantastic pictures of Winnie Diggens modelling for IDS (International Dance Supplies). This is Winnie's 3rd time modelling for the company and we can't wait to receive the full catalogue.
Congratulations Winnie on this fantastic achievement- we are so proud of you.
After the success at the Regional Finals at All England Dance, we have achieved great success in the National Finals held at the prestigious Hackney Empire in London:
Character Solos - 13 & 14yrs
1st Place & Gold Meal - Scarlet Roche
Intermediate Musical Theatre Trios / Quartets
1st Place & Gold Medal - Matilda Blake, Amy Gordon & Scarlet Roche
Modern Solos - 13 & 14yrs
3rd Place & Bronze Medal - Scarlet Roche
These places represent national wins from thousands of dancers who have competed over a period of 18 months! The standard was outstanding throughout the competition.
Well done to Scarlet, Tilde & Amy, as well as our other finalists: Ruby, Ella, Jess, Ellie, Tilly, Sophie & Megan who all received Honours Certificates.
We are so proud of these achievements.
Scarlet Roche joins the Stagebox Management Talent Roster! Scarlet starred as Veruca Salt in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (West End) & Baby June in Gypsy (West End). Scarlet also appeared in the televised version of Gypsy live from The Savoy Theatre & Children In Need (BBC)!
Exciting times ahead...
We are so proud to announce that Rhiannon Mackay, Amy Gordon, Kieran Jefferies & Ellie Benge have successfully auditioned for 'Stagebox'!
Rhiannon, Amy and Kieran will be joining GSS students Tildy Blake and Scarlet Roche in the 'Stagebox Elite Team,' and Ellie will be joining the 'Stagebox Development Programme'.
Stagebox is an award winning children’s theatrical company, which auditions children from across the UK & Internationally to select a company of dynamic, talented and professional young performers. Stagebox train their Elite company during the school holidays with programmes exclusively led by creatives working within the industry. Our training includes video showcasing which showcases our performers to millions online. OurStagebox training also includes intensive dance training, vocal coaching, on location filming and masterclasses led by Directors, Musical Directors, Casting Directors, Choreographers and leading creatives.
Congratulations to you all on this wonderful achievement - we are so proud of you!
Following success at the recent dance festival, we were delighted that Ella Jones was invited to perform her Character Solo at the Bournemouth Music and Arts Festival Gala at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre!
Well done to Ella - it is such a privilege to be asked!
Congratulations to all the GSS Musical Theatre students who competed in the 'Musical Theatre Group' section at the Wootton Bassett Music Festival.
They all sang beautifully with fantastic results:
1st Place- GSS Senior Class who were also awarded the 'Ros Hollands Cup'
2nd Place- GSS Intermediate Class
3rd Place- GSS Junior Class
A big thank you to our wonderful Musical Theatre teacher Miss Amy!
Congratulations to Alexia Kuchta who has successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet's 'Junior Associate Programme'.
Alexia will start her training in September in Birmingham alongside her ongoing training at GSS.
A huge congratulations to Mary Martin, who has won the Junior Classical Championship at Bournemouth Festival!
This is such an amazing achievement and we are so proud of you Mary
Well done to all GSS students who qualified to dance in the Championships: Megan D, Ella, Megan J and Mary - you all danced beautifully.
A big congratulations to Evangelina Brannan, Albie Gaulton and Kyle Iles on successfully auditioning to be represented by PD Management Agency. They join a number of other GSS pupils who are represented by this specialist children's casting agency.
Congratulations on this fantastic achievement- we are so proud of you all!
Once again we are delighted that four of our pupils have been cast in Swindon's professional panto for 2017-18 at the Wyvern Theatre.
Congratulations to Megan Johnson, Joanna Miller and Amy Gordon who have been cast as the 'Juvenile Chorus / Dancer', and to Kyle Iles who has been cast a 'Lost Boy'.
A fantastic achievement & we are so proud of you all!
Congratulations to Tilly Robison, Winnie Diggens and Amy Gordon who were awarded Trophies at Slough Arts Festival!
Stage Aggregate B section - Tilly Robison
Stage Aggregate C section - Winnie Diggens
Stage Aggregate D section - Amy Gordon
Classical Aggregate D section - Amy Gordon
Adjudicator's Choice Award D section - Amy Gordon
Full results from Slough Arts Festival and more information about previous competitions, can be found on our Festivals page.
We couldn't be more proud to announce that GSS student Tilly Robison has won the JNR class at the ISTD 'Tap Challenge'.
Tilly, who danced along side 60 competitors, was successful in reaching the final 10, she then danced the class again and was announced the overall winner!
This is such a huge achievement winning one of the ISTD's most prestigious competitions, replacing the former annual 'Tap Awards'.
Congratulations Tilly, you danced beautifully and we are so proud of you!
Congratulations also go to Winnie, Gabriella, Amy & Keiron who also danced brilliantly on the day - Keiron also was awarded a place in the finals for the Senior age group!
There was a lovely feature on Tilly's success in the Swindon Advertiser
Harriet, Winnie, Ellie, & Scarlet all danced beautifully at the ISTD Classical Ballet Awards.
Particular congratulations to Harriet Masterman for reaching the finals of the Grade 5 class and for receiving the Class Commendation, and to Scarlet Roche for reaching the finals of the Grade 6 / Inter-oundation class. Well done girls!
Congratulations to GSS pupils:
These pupils successfully auditioned for 'Fiddler on the Roof'. A special mention to Tilly Robison and Rhiannon Mackay who have been cast as 'Bielke' and Ruby Roche and Megan Dalton who have been cast as 'Shprintze'. As well as one of our Senior pupils, Felicity Coster, who has been cast in the principal role of 'Tzeitel'.
Congratulations to you all - we are so proud of you!