Ruth Armstrong FISTD – Head of Modern & Tap

Ruth Armstrong FISTD – Head of Modern & Tap

Various dance classes

Various dance classes

Ruth began her training at ‘The Pauline Howard School of Dance’ under the guidance of the late Pat Ellis and Pauline Howard. She continued to further her studies at ‘Laine Theatre Arts’ and graduated with ISTD Associates in Modern, Ballet and Tap and LTA Musical Theatre Diploma.

Following her training Ruth spent several years working as a freelance teacher and choreographer whilst returning to teach alongside Miss Pat. In1999 Ruth joined the Dance Faculty at ‘Tring Park School for the Performing Arts’ (formerly Arts Ed Tring) where she taught Jazz, Modern and Tap and was a regular choreographer for Junior and Senior Dance Productions. In addition she was instrumental in devising new work for Tring Park’s Outreach programme which encourages the access to dance in Primary Schools in Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. She now teaches at Urdang Academy and Bird College, and is the Head of Modern & Tap at Gielgud Academy.

In 2005 Ruth attained ISTD Fellowship status and was invited to become a Dual Examiner for the Modern and Tap faculties. She is a regular guest teacher at several events including ‘Move IT’ and the ISTD ‘Janet Cram’ Modern Awards and lectures for both faculties at UK and International Courses. More recently Ruth was invited to join the Modern faculty creative team and she has been proud to have recently created optional Amalgamations for the Bronze, Silver and Gold ISTD Jazz syllabi, and the new Intermediate Tap syllabus.

Ruth was delighted to see The Pauline Howard School pupils merge into The Gielgud Academy allowing Miss Pat’s legacy to live on.

Verity Penn LISTD

Verity Penn LISTD

Verity started training at a young age and studied a variety of styles. She became an Associate with the Urdang Academy at the age of 14 and continued to train there full time, graduating in 2010 with a National Diploma in Professional Dance.

Verity performed with ‘Co_Motion’ a contemporary/ballet company for 2 years and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Alongside the performing work, Verity studied at Italia Conti Arts Centre, gaining her ISTD teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern. More recently, Verity has furthered her teacher training and now holds Licentiate qualifications in both Modern and Tap.

Verity has taught at a number of dance schools, including Italia Conti and Urdang Academy, and is now delighted to be working at Gielgud. She hopes to pass on her knowledge and passion for dance to all the students, as well as developing their theatrical technique and vocabulary.

Laura Veazey AISTD DDI

Laura Veazey AISTD DDI

laura veazeyLaura Veazey trained at Tring Park School of Performing Arts from 2002-2011. During her training at Tring she performed in over ten Tring Park productions and she also performed with NYB (National Youth Ballet) at many venues including Sadlers Wells, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Birmingham Hippodrome. The ballets she performed in include Alice in Wonderland (choreographed by Wayne Sleep), The Old Man of Loch Nagar (written by the Prince of the Wales and choreographed by Drew McConie) and The Four Seasons by Frank Freeman.

After graduating from Tring Park Laura worked as an intern at English National Ballet Company and then joined Gielgud Management as an agency assistant in 2011 and Gielgud Academy as both office administrator and teaching assistant. Laura has also been training at Chichester College since 2013 on the ISTD teacher training course doing the DDI (Diploma in Dance Instruction) in Ballet and Modern and was successfully awarded the qualification in 2014.

Photograph by Suzanne Gielgud

Matt Wells

Matt Wells

Matt joined GAPA as a student in its first year of opening, and within that time was the original Dance Captain for the school. In 2014, Matt then went to train at the Urdang Academy in London, where he gained a level 6 diploma in musical theatre, and performed in many different shows such as Frank Abagnale Sr in Catch Me If You Can and Max/Pop in the Pajama Game.

Since then, Matt is currently completing his ISTD teaching qualifications in tap and modern, and teaches and choreographs in the Brighton & Hove area. Along with teaching, Matt is a regular performer down in Brighton, having played Adam in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, featured dancer in Rock Of Ages & featured dancer in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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