Student Successes - 2017

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. 

Audition success for Ella (Dec 2017)

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!

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

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. 

World Tap Championship success! (Dec 2017)

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!

Drama students compete at RWBAF (Nov 2017)

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

Tap Challenge success for Tilly (Oct 2017)

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!

West End success for Matilda (Oct 2017)

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!

BBC 'Taking the Next Step' success for Ruby

Ruby Roche had great success on the BBC's "Taking the Next Step".  Ruby successfully worked her way through many rounds of auditions and made it to the last 30 dancers out of 2250!

 

Ruby had great feedback from the judges, particularly Jonny Labey and the Pussycat Doll's Kimberly Wyatt!

Associate audition success for Belle (Sept. 2017)

Congratulations to Belle Tarrant who has successfully auditioned for Elmhurst's 'Young Dancer' Programme.

 

This is an associate programme which Belle will attend once a week alongside her continued training at GSS. A great achievement - well done Belle!

Associate programme for Ellie (Sept 2017)

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.

Summer school success at Tring for Ella (Aug 2017)

Congratulations to Ella Jones who, after attending Tring Summer School, was awarded a Special Commendation for Improvement & Effort during classes.

 

Well done Ella we are so proud of you and are pleased you had such a wonderful time

Scholarship Success at Tring for Amy (Aug 2017)

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! 

Pupils perform in 'Summer Holiday' (Aug 2017)

Great to see so many GSS pupils performing in the Wyvern Theatre's Summer Youth Project: "Summer Holiday".  It is such a great opportunity to develop Musical Theatre skills!

Dancewear Modelling for Winnie (Aug 2017)

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.

Scholarship for Scarlet (Aug 2017)

Congratulations to Scarlet Roche, who after attending 'Bird College' Summer School, has been awarded a scholarship to attend next year's Summer School.

A fantastic achievement as only 2 were awarded, 1 to a boy and the other to Scarlet! Amazing news Scarlet, we are so proud of you!

 

 

All England Dance Winners! (Aug 2017)

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 joins Stagebox Agency (Aug 2017)

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...

Pupils gain places with Stagebox (July 2017)

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!

Rambert Associate for Megan (July 2017)

Congratulations to Megan Johnson who has successfully auditioned for Rambert's Associate class 'Ballet Boost'.

 

Megan will start her associate classes in September alongside her training at GSS.

 

Well done Megan we are so proud of you, this is a fantastic achievement!

Professional Modelling for Abbie (July 2017)

Congratulations to Abbie Selby who has been at Boden Clothing modelling for their 'Teen Range'.

 

We can't wait to see the pictures!

Gala Performance for Ella (June 2017)

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!

Wins for Musical Theatre at RWBAF (June 2017)

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!

Royal Ballet Associates for Alexia (June 2017)

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.

Championship win for Mary (June 2017)

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.

Ballet Associate for Mary (June 2017)

Congratulations to Mary Martin who has been offered a further year as an Associate at 'Ballet Theatre UK.'

 

Congratulations Mary we are so proud of you!

PD Management Representation (June 2017)

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!

Vocational Training for Rhea (May 2017)

Congratulations to Rhea Thorpe who has successfully auditioned for 'Wilkes Academy'. Rhea will commence her training in September.

 

We will miss you Rhea but are so proud of this fantastic achievement!

Pupils cast in professional panto (May 2017)

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!

Trophy success at Slough Festival (April 2017)

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.

Win for Tilly at ISTD Tap Challenge (April 2017)

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

CBBC's "The Next Step"

Ruby Roche has successfully danced her way to the final 30 for CBBC's 'The Next Step' from over 2500 dancers who entered!

 

 

Congratulations to Ruby on this fantastic achievement !

IDS Dancewear Modelling

Congratulations to Ellie Bannister & Winnie Diggens who have just finished their photo shoot modelling for International Dance Supplies (IDS); this was Winnie's third time modelling for the company. 

 

The girls had a great time and we can't wait to see the catalogue in August!

Dee Boss Talent Management

Congratulations to Meghan Williams who has successfully auditioned to be represented by Dee Boss Talent Management!

 

Well done Meghan.

Success at ISTD Classical Ballet Awards

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!

 

London performance for Tilly & Scarlet

After a week's rehearsal in London, Matilda Blake and Scarlet Roche performed in the Stage Box performance 'Live in London'.  The charity Gala, which includes many West End guests as well as the Stage Box Company, took place at The Royal Court Theatre, London.

Pupils cast in 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Congratulations to GSS pupils:


Tilly Robison
Ruby Roche
Emily Mackay
Isabelle Feaver
Evangelina Brannan
Rhiannon Mackay
Megan Dalton
Georgia Skinner
Jess Lansley
Jess Dunn
Matilda Blake
Kyle Iles
Zac Diamond

 

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!

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