Congratulations to all who took part in our GAPA Creates 2017 competition at the Hub last night. Our judges – West End leading lady Katie Knight Adams and West End performer and Gielgud Management theatrical agent Matthew Cheney, awarded winners cups for Junior, Middles and Senior GAPA pupils in solos, duets, trios and groups. Each original piece was created by the entrant and an array of of choreographed dance, composed songs and comedy and prose was presented. Katie Knight Adams said “Each and every kid did a great job with their creations, so much talent there!”.
Best of luck to the GAPA pupils performing at the 2017 ISTD ‘Springboard event’ at the Urdang, London on Sunday 30th April. A selection of our junior pupils will be performing with the ‘Kitty Katz Club’ and a selection of our middles and senior pupils will be demonstrating some of Dr Ross McKim’s contemporary dance technique. GAPA is delighted to have its’ pupils selected for this exciting event which showcases new and creative work for teachers across the UK. Also performing with the McKim/GAPA presentation will be award winning professional dancer Dane Hurst. Tickets are available from the ISTD website www.istd.org
GAPA Principal and multi-award winning filmmaker Suzanne Gielgud will be heading down to the South of France in May 2017 to the NICE International Film Festival. Her documentary film ‘The Gospel of Ross McKim’ has selected for the Festival and is in competition for both the Jury prize and Best Director of a Feature Documentary award.
Congratulations to dancers who represented GAPA so beautifully at the recent international Imperial Ballet Awards, held at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley.
A special mention goes to Hannah Wood for being selected as a finalist in the Intermediate section.
GAPA welcomes a very special guest to its faculty for Spring Term 2017. Dr Ross McKim has been the Artistic Director of the legendary Rambert School for the last thirty years and now joins GAPA to teach contemporary dance classes on Thursdays at the Hub. Assisting and demonstrating in the new workshops will be Dane Hurst, who is a protégé of Dr Ross. Dane trained at the Rambert School on the Linbury Mandela scholarship programme, and has since then been dancing professionally as as a soloist in Rambert Dance company. He recently won the Critics Choice dancer of the Year award and is now developing his choreographic career. Dr Ross and Dane are accompanied by joined by guitarist, drummer and vocalist Tom.