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Our Teachers

Principal: Miss Gemma Gent

Gemma returned home to her Yorkshire roots after eleven years and created The Theatre & Dance Academy. Gemma was trained at the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. She trained for five years at the school becoming Head Girl in her final year. Gemma then continued her training at Laine Theatre Arts before landing the lead role in the spectacular Irish dance show 'Spirit of the Dance' Gemma toured Europe, Asia, Israel and America before residing in Reno, Nevada, where she also played the role of 'Millie' in 'Spirt of Broadway.' Gemma has appeared as a choreographer on UKTV Style, a dancer on Channel 4's 'Fake It,' has appeared in two commercial dance pop videos sold worldwide, choreographing shows like the world renowned tribute acts Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. Gemma was also the Classical Ballet teacher at Leciester College of Performing Arts she continues to work freelance in both the Yorkshire and Midland areas. Gemma has attained her PTTLS after working at Selby College teaching Dance to the Travel & Leisure Course. In 2012 Gemma appeared on Sky 1's "Got To Dance" acheiving 3 Gold Stars from the judges, a great experience and one that gave inspiration to many of her pupils.

Miss Kelly Robinson
Kelly first set foot onto the studio floor at SDC 15 years ago at the age of 5 and has been hooked ever since. A budding performer from a young age Kelly has taken part in many village productions and pantomimes with the Barlby and Osgodby Players. She has completed all major examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern, performed in 12 annual shows, countless cabarets and even in a touring circus’ production of ‘Aladdin,’ under Miss Hargreaves and Miss Gemma’s guidance. At the age of 14 Kelly began assisting Miss. H with nursery and beginners classes on Saturday mornings, this is where her passion for teaching first started to blossom. 4 years later she decided to move on the next step and become a teacher; naturally she elected to take her diploma in Tap, her favourite of the disciplines. Kelly then teamed up with Miss Heather to create Razzle Dazzle; a dance team for pupils that desire to dance more and really ‘razzle dazzle’ us! Now at the age of 20, Kelly plans to save up over the next couple of years in order to allow her to become a full time auditionee, in the hope of landing a professional dance role! Miss Robinson has successfully gained a place at Renaissance Arts, Leeds where she will begin further tuition in her favourite field. We are very excited that she is still able to teach for us and pass on her knowledge to others.
Miss Heather Dowell
Heather began her training at Selby Dance Centre at the age of 4, over 16 years she has completed all examinations at the school to Advanced level, in Ballet, Tap and Modern. Within the school Heather has had the opportunity to express her passion for performance by participating in 12 annual shows performed both at the school and at The Junction Theatre, Goole. Heather is very enthusiastic about music and from the age of 8 studied classical piano where she achieved certificates with The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music at grade 6. Heather has also been in involved in St Francis Players, a local amateur dramatics group, from a child; and after being appointed role of Choreographer she is now Director for the annual children’s show. As a senior pupil at Selby Dance Centre Heather began assisting Miss Gemma at Summer School and as a student teacher was trained by Miss Hargreaves for a Tap Teachers Diploma of which she gained at distinction level.  Alongside Miss Kelly, Heather has now created her own dance group within the school, “RAZZLE DAZZLE” who have attended dance expeditions in London and competitions within the Yorkshire area, of which pupils have achieved 3rd place in solo and group categories.  Recently, Heather has studied a National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science achieving ‘Student of the Year’ and has qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist. She is currently at University studying a degree in Sports Therapy with the hope of working within dance companies and schools as a Specialised Dance Physiotherapist. 



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