FACULTY

GEMMA TANSWELL
Owner and Principal
Teacher and Administrator
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.

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

Amy trained at Margaret Howard Theatre School and then took the Performing Arts Course at College graduating in 2013. While at College she gained her ISTD Intermediate ballet, Advanced 1 tap and Advanced 2 in Modern Theatre.  With additional studies in Jazz and Hiphop.   Amy also 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 the last section of her DDE Qualifications.
In 2018 Amy took over Ripple Dance Academy in Rickmansworth as their Principal.

RACHEL DRURY
Teacher 
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 returned home and started her began teaching at Kercher School of Dance and MKC Theatre School (Aylesbury 2013-2018).  She has been at Stage Plus since 2016 and now teaches with us and Susan Diane School of Dance.

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.

LUCY WEBSTER
Teacher
Specialises in Vocals, Musical Theatre and Drama

Lucy trained at Stage Plus School of Performing Arts and the Jill Neenan Academy, achieving grade 8 in Singing for Musical Theatre. She has also been Musical Director for Risborough Youth Theatre for six years.

She performed professionally in the funk and soul band The Treehouse of Funk whilst training to be a midwife at King’s College London. However she has now swapped one type of theatre for another and is Assistant Producer for Taylor-Gaunt Enterprises, which is run by another Graduate Stage Plus Student.

Lucy’s passion is teaching and she is very excited to be a part of the Stage Plus Team and bring back Private Singing Lessons and another stream to what we can offer here.

BETHANY WRIGHT
Assistant Student

Bethany has been dancing since she was 2! She’s been part of the Stage Plus Family since 2010 and has loved taking part in the many shows, festivals and performance opportunities that she’s been given. She loves to dance and do classes in every type of dance that she can. Her favourites are Contemporary and Commercial. Last year she helped teach some of the junior classes on a Saturday Morning and she’s really looking forward to meeting our new students this term. Hopefully She can inspire them to love dance as much as she does!

HARRIET NIX
Assistant Student 

Bio and Photo to Come

 

EMILY NIX
Cover 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. Whilst there she helped to organise her ‘2nd year’ end of year show and in her final year was the Managing Director of the Third Row Dance Company, which is a semi-professional company commissioning dance works with exciting external choreographers.  Emily graduated in 2018 with a 1st class degree and is now studying her PGCE at the Royal Academy of Dance.

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.

AISLING LONGSHAW
Cover Dance Teacher
Specialises in Dance and Drama

Bio to come.

 

 

 

 

 

SAM NIX
Specialises in Keeping Gemma Sane and running Risborough Youth Theatre 

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