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 was also part of the Risborough Youth Theatre Team, choreographing for them from 2006-2018. She thoroughly enjoys helping put on full scale musicals and pantomimes, working with such a great group of people and has been back to guest choreograph on more recent shows.

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 also spent some time covering Maternity as a Dance and Drama Teacher at an SEN secondary school during  2019/2020, which was a new and thoroughly rewarding experience.

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

As well as teaching classes during the day and evening, doing admin, 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 and starting a new job as a Preschool Assistant. Amy joined us at Stage Plus in September 2016 and has a current DBS.

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 before heading 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 began teaching , joining our Team in September 2016.

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 and Acrobatic Arts instructor. She has also recently studied the new ISTD Contemporary Syllabus.

JOSH MORRIS
Teacher
Specialises in Drama

Josh has 40 years experience of acting and 30 years in directing and writing.  He has performed locally with Ubiquitous Theatre Company, Masque Players and Chiltern Shakespeare Company but mainly with Fourways Drama Group in High Wycombe. He wrote the first pantomime performed at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in 1993.
Josh has an HND in Music Theatre and was a co-founder/Director of Battenberg Theatre Company which performed on the London Fringe circuit for 3 years under sponsorship of the Southern Arts Lottery Board.
He also spent 5 years working full-time in various roles at the Wycombe Swan Theatre before 13 years of teaching at Princes Risborough Secondary School, including Keystage 2 and 3 in Drama. He also assisted and sometimes reluctantly performed in the School productions (alongside some graduate
Stage Plus students) as well as writing and ‘directing’ the staff pantos.
Josh has been with us since January 2020 and has a current DBS.

BETHANY WRIGHT
Student Teacher-Class Assistant

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. She is currently studying BTEC Dance at Jackie Palmer Academy and is the new choreographer for RYT.

HARRIET NIX
Student Teacher – Class Assistant 

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.  She 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 completed her PGCE at the Royal Academy of Dance in 2019. She is now Head of Dance at a Secondary School in London.

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

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 is First Aid Trained.