GAPA girls to BTUK School

GAPA girls to BTUK School

Congratulations to our Head Girl, Eve, and our Dance Captain, Isabelle, who have both accepted their places at the School of Ballet Theatre UK on the 3-year BA Hons degree course in Ballet Performance. Eve was also awarded a place at London Studio Centre, and Issy a place at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the London School of Contemporary Dance. We’re thrilled that they start at BTUK School in September 2022. Good luck girls!

GAPA trip to Chicago

GAPA trip to Chicago

GAPA girls Issy, Emily, Eve and Nellie were thrilled to meet West End star Djalenga Scott after her brilliant performance as ‘Velma’ in ‘Chicago’ last night at the Hawth. The show is currently on its 2022 tour and GAPA Principal Suzanne Gielgud was delighted to introduce Djalenga to the GAPA girls, post-show. In 2008, Djalenga appeared in a short film ‘The Dream’ which was written and directed by Suzanne to showcase Djalenga’s talents as an actor and singer.

GAPA comes home to the Hub

GAPA comes home to the Hub

After a 4 year re-location to Great Walstead, GAPA has moved back into its original home at the Hub, Haywards Heath College. We are thrilled to be able to dance in its wonderful, specially built performing arts facilities and studios.
Summer School 2021 success

Summer School 2021 success

A brilliant week was had by all who attended our summer school at the Hub with classes by guest teachers that included Eliska Bouzkova (Vienna Festival Ballet), Natalie Ayton (Matthew Bourne/Phoenix), Issac Edwards (Starlight Express/Bat out of Hell) and Damien Delaney (Cats/Billy Elliot). It was so exciting to be back dancing at the Hub (Haywards Heath College) where we look forward to returning in September.

Summer School 2021

We are thrilled to announce that we are running our summer school on 16-18th August at the Hub, Haywards Heath College with an array of amazing professional guest teachers including Eliska Bouzkova (ex – Vienna Festival Ballet).
For further details please go to our specific Summer School page on this website.
Photo of Eliska Bouzkova.
Prizegiving 2021

Prizegiving 2021

On June 26th GAPA held its annual prizegiving ceremony at the King Edward Hall Lindfield, where medals were presented to those who had achieved great progress over the last year, in spite of the circumstances of the pandemic. A new crop of prefects was announced, and a new head girl, Eve Lewis, was appointed. Eve was presented with the shield from outgoing Head Boy Bailey Johnson, and outgoing Head Girl Maddie Wrigley, both of whom are progressing onto the renowned Bird College in September. Gielgudian medals were also awarded to Tilliana Greenwood who goes to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in September, and Abbie Mordecai who is going to IC Theatre, Brighton.
GAPA Creates 2021

GAPA Creates 2021

Despite covid restrictions, and by adhering to strict social distancing and covid safety protocols, we still managed to pull off GAPA Create’s choreography competition at the King Edward Hall Lindfield on June 26th. Parents were unable to attend but pupils cheered each other on as solos, duets, trios, and groups were performed, and prizes were awarded by our adjudicators Phil Gardner and Natalie Ayton (former members of Matthew Bourne). Congratulations to all.

Photo of the senior solo section by Luke LeBihan.

Audition success for the seniors

Audition success for the seniors

Covid lockdown hasn’t prevented our GAPA pupils from being successful in gaining places at their first choice professional dance colleges. Thanks to the joys of zoom and video auditioning our Head Girl Maddie Wrigley and Head Boy Bailey Johnson have been offered paces at Bird College. Tilly Greenwood, our Bush Davies Ballet Scholarship winner of 2020 has accepted her place at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Huge congratulations to all three of them. 

New Year Update

New Year Update

Happy New Year 2021!

Sadly, due to government restrictions, the Gielgud Academy is now closed. Once we come out of Tier 4 lockdown we will review and update you on our return to the studio.

Update

Update

Due to the Government regulations for the 2nd lockdown GAPA is continuing its second half of term on zoom rather than in the studio. We look forward to returning to live classes once the lockdown has been lifted.

Creativity in Lockdown!

Creativity in Lockdown!

GAPA has kept busy during lockdown not only with classes but also being creative. We had a photography competition and a collaborative choreography task where pupils videoed themselves dancing to certain phrases of a song and Mrs G edited them altogether to make a whole dance. Go to our gallery page to see the fabulous end result!

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