Owner and Principal
Teacher and AdministratorGemma Tanswell
Specialises in Dance and Musical Theatre
Qualifications – AISTD CDE, RAD (RTS), ID DANCE
Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young Peoples Workforce
Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce

As a child Gemma trained at the Sabatini School of Dance and Performance and from 18 at the North London Dance Studio , she graduated with a Diploma in Performing Arts, Vocational exams in Ballet, Tap, Modern and National and her I.S.T.D Associate Qualifications. Straight from college Gemma began her performing career which took her around the UK and Europe, not only dancing and singing but managing and choreographing new shows.

It was a few years into her professional career that Gemma realised although she loves to perform, her real passion was for teaching and working with young people. So when she was given the opportunity to take over Stage Plus in 2007 she jumped at the chance.

Since college Gemma has intermittently continued her training at the Linda Sweetzer Teacher Training College where she passed her ISTD FDI and CDE in Modern and Tap as well as her Advanced 2 Modern.  She also goes on many courses to keep herself up to date with new grades and information.

Gemma is also part of the Risborough Youth Theatre Team and has been choreographing for them since 2006. She thoroughly enjoys helping put on full scale musicals and pantomimes, working with such a great group of people.

In 2010 Gemma became a Zumba Instructor which she enjoyed teaching until she went on maternity leave.  She also worked as a Pre-School Assistant from January 2012-March 2016, where she passed her Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young Peoples Workforce and her Level 3 Diploma.  In August 2015 Gemma became one of the first in a group of teachers to join ID Dance, a NEW Independent teacher training and examination board, where she joined Ryan Jenkins for a weekend of learning the new Contemporary Syllabus.

Gemma holds a Current Chaperone Licence (Bucks)  and DBS and is First Aid Trained.

As well as teaching classes, doing admin, choreographing for Risborough Youth Theatre and generally running around like a headless chicken she is also Mummy to 2 little boys.


Specialises in Drama, Theatre Skills and Musical Theatre
Qualifications – LAMDA

During her early years, Zoe performed Modern and Tap in shows at the Wycombe Swan, took part in local festivals and took exams in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, National, Character, Acro and Song and Dance.  She later found a new passion for Drama when she was chosen to play an important role on TV at the age of 7.

At 10 years old, Zoe started drama classes performing in yearly festivals, medal tests, All England competitions and LAMDA examinations.

Zoe’s love for dance and drama also contributed to her regular involvement in School events and pantomimes.  She took GCSE Drama Studies and throughout her teenage years, became a student teacher in Tap, Modern and Acro.

In 2011, Zoe felt it was time to finally reach for her childhood dream – Teach her own classes! She started by teaching Zumba and Tap classes to Adults, which led to teaching pre-school movement classes and Children’s Ballet and Modern classes. Zoe is now working towards her ISTD DDI qualifications in Tap and Modern.

Having progressed through the LAMDA examinations herself for over 10 years, continuously achieving high grades, she was also keen to pass on her knowledge and experience to others. Therefore, in 2013, Zoe was able to start teaching LAMDA Drama classes, which include LAMDA examinations, but have also offered all her students an opportunity to perform in various events to the Public.

“It’s the best feeling in the world watching someone perform a drama or dance piece that you have taught them, and even better watching them grow in their knowledge and performance….Knowing that it was you that helped make it possible!”

Specialises in Dance5170
Qualifications – ISTD DDI Ballet, Tap and Modern

Amy trained at Margaret Howard Theatre School and then College, where she gained ISTD Intermediate ballet, Advanced 1 tap and Advanced 2 in Modern Theatre.
Additionally she studied Jazz and Hiphop.
While at College Amy gained her ISTD DDI teaching Qualifications in Tap, Ballet and Modern Theatre, and her practical DDE in Modern and Tap, she is now working towards finishing her DDE Qualifications.
Amy also took the Performing Arts Course at College and Graduated in 2013.

Specialises in Dance
Qualifications – ISTD DDI Tap and Modern, IDTA Freestyle, ZUMBA

Rachel went to Gail Annette Dancing School In Thame from 3-17yrs old before heading into full time training at Margaret Howard College In Bushey.Rachel Drury
Rachel Graduated in 2010 with her ISTD FDI (now DDI) Modern & Tap.

Rachel began her teaching career at various dance schools including Virginia Chell Kinecroft School of dance (Wallingford 2010-2012), Louise Austin School Of Dancing (Haddenham & Bicester 2010-2011) and also at Claire Doyle School of Dance (St Albans 2010-2011).

Rachel then went abroad for 2 summer seasons in Kos 2011 & Cyprus 2012, as part of Daytime Animation and Evening Performance Teams.
In 2013 she came back home and joined Kercher School of Dance & MKC Theatre School.  She still currently teaches Modern, Tap, Disco, Street, Limbering, Jazz & Musical Theatre at Kercher.

Rachel is currently finishing off her DDE Tap and Modern at Linda Sweetzer Training College in Maidenhead. She also holds the IDTA Freestyle qualification and is a Qualified Zumba instructor.



Specialises in Keeping Gemma Sane and running RYT

Sam Nix

Sam helps Gemma keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes.  She is a great help especially at show time (making costumes, designing programmes etc.) and when the admin levels become too much for one person to handle!

Sam also runs Risborough Youth Theatre which runs alongside Stage Plus and is a great Performance Opportunity for those who wish to do more than classes.

Sam holds a Current Chaperone Licence (Bucks) and DBS and is First Aid Trained.

If you are interested please head over to their website www.risboroughyouththeatre.co.uk

Trainee Dance Teacher
Specialises in Contemporary

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Emily is an ex student of Stage Plus having trained here since she was 7.  She has achieved up to Advanced level exams in Ballet, Tap and Modern and is working towards her ISTD DDI Qualifications.  She has also studied and received high grades in her GCSE and A-level dance exams at Sir Henry Floyd in Aylesbury and has been involved in numerous performances with both school and Stage Plus over the years.

Emily took a gap year before Uni, which she spent working at Disneyland Paris as a Performer, volunteering – teaching english to children in Nepal as well as teaching at Stage Plus.

In September 2015 she started a BA (Hons) in Dance Studies at Roehampton University.  Since being there she has received some fabulous grades as well as helping to organise her ‘2nd year’ end of year show.  This year for her final one at Uni she is the Managing Director of the Third Row Dance Company, which is a semi-professional company commissioning dance works with exciting external choreographers.

Emily continues to return to Stage Plus on a regular basis to choreograph Contemporary routines for Festivals, Big Group numbers for performances, cover classes and teach at workshops and summer schools.