Dance Gems
Inspiring Dance
07968 942 479
Dance Gems is committed to teaching dance to all ages and abilities and to caring for the welfare of its students.

We hold dear the tenets of Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Safe Dance Practice and Service. Every student has different needs and expectations about what they or their parents wish them to achieve. The most important aspects of education are that classes are fun and productive.

Its Director, Mary Goodhew, is a highly experienced teacher and educator of dancers and dance teachers. She was Ballet Principal of the Royal Ballet School and Artistic Director of Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

We will discuss with the parents the needs of each student individually, to ensure that all have a clear understanding of what to expect when a child becomes a Dance Gems student - helping them to sparkle!

Royal Ballet Upper School
Very many congratulations to Year 11 student Tara Millard for being accepted by the Royal Ballet School to start in September. We are so delighted all her hard work paid off and send our warmest congratulations.
2nd June 2018
Exciting successes
Well done to Ellie Fraser. She won the Middle Section of the Mabel Ryan Award and was asked to perform at the Royal Ballet School for Cecchetti Day in front of an array of eminent Teachers, Examiners and Directors. Ellie has also gained a place to start in Year 10 at Elmhurst Ballet School in Association with BRB.
1st May 2018
The Summer Holiday exam results are in and are wonderfully impressive. The last session was in London at ISTD Headquarters and all the dancers are to be congratulated for doing so well. All Distinctions and 2 Merits. Miss Goodhew, the Director said, "We are very proud of our Dance Gems dancers" - They are impressive results, but especially our more senior dancers who were also contending with GCSE and A' Levels should pat themselves on the back for their focus, ability and tenacity to also get through some very tough and testing examinations, including Advanced levels. WELL DONE DANCERS!
7th September 2017
Artists from the West End to Covent Garden came to teach at this year's Dance Gems Summer School. An array of dance genres were taught and the students were exceedingly excited and gained hugely from invited guest teachers help, their impressive coaching and the stunning repertoire they taught the youngsters.
Jane Burn, who teaches for the Royal Ballet School and in Notting Hill taught Pilates, Danielle Cato who has numerous credits from the world of musical theatre and TV gave an insight into the profession. Grace Blundell from the Royal Ballet, Guy Salim who gave an insight into Hip Hop and Jazz, Damien Delaney the Director of Musical Theatre from Chichester University also led the Dance Gems dancers in some intensive sessions. Our Director, Mary Goodhew gave cardio classes, ballet and repertoire to both the young and the senior dancers and worked on their classical technique with a focus on line and coordination. The Summer course was fun and very productive. Next Year's course is already set for 13th - 17th August 2018. Booking opens in January and spaces are limited, so keen dancers should apply early.
18th August 2017
What a wonderful Summer Course with supremely talented professional dancers and teachers. Dance Gems students enjoyed masterclasses during a week of Ballet, Neo-classical, Contemporary, Jazz and Repertoire. A sensation time was had by all. For further information please ask for the Newsletter to be sent. Our young dancers had a dreamy time learning repertoire from the classics including Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, fresh choreography in the neo-classical style plus pieces from Cats and Grease musicals. All the guest teachers were most impressed by the speed of learning, plus the technical and artistic assurance the young dancers displayed. Bravo and Thanks to all!
26th August 2016
Fabulous Results!
Well done to all the students who recently took Ballet Exams and also the Trinity Arts Awards. Spectacular results from Grade 1 to Advanced. We are delighted by all the students who additionally gained their Trinity Bronze and Silver Arts Awards too and raised a wonderful sum of money for the Charlotte Leatherbarrow Charity. Great performance dancers - Very proud of your achievements!
26th August 2016
Well done Lily
Dance Gems wishes Lily many chukkas for her performances with London Children's Ballet at Peacock Theatre London this April and congratulates her on her TV Channel 4 Breakfast performance and coverage in The Times and Evening Standard Newspapers.
15th April 2016
Longer term due to demand
We have had many requests to run a longer term, so our term now runs for 12 weeks
15th April 2016
New Website Launched
We are pleased to bring you our new website.
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16th November 2015

Mary Goodhew
(Director) - MA Ed, FISTD (CSF) CDE, RAD (Teaching Cert) RTS, Dip RBS (TCPD), FRSA, FSET, FCIEA

Graduate of the Royal Ballet School, former professional dancer, Director of many recreational and vocational dance schools including Ballet Principal of Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, Artistic Director of Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Head of the Junior Division and Head of Teacher Training at the National Ballet School of Canada, Director of Legat, Ballet Principal of Northern Ballet School.

She is now back teaching in London where she trains and educates students at many venues. In Wimbledon, Dance Gems operates from three venues around the town centre. She is highly qualified, has worked in over 40 countries and studied best methods of dance training in UK, France, USA, Russia and Canada.

Mary's students now grace stage and screen and dance in The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and the Northern Ballet Company, as well as in major companies internationally. Many former students are in West End musicals and feature on TV and the big screen.

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Professional Qualifications that we have

Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors
Promoting Excellence in Assessment

The CIEA was formed to improve standards in educational assessment. They are a professional membership organisation. Members include teachers, examiners, school and college leaders, academics, awarding organisations and people responsible for professional development in diverse sectors including finance, health and land management.
The CIEA supports assessors by:

* Maintaining a national Continuous Professional Development Framework
* Accrediting individuals against the framework, with a clear progression route through the CIEA grades - Associate, Member and Fellow - for those who meet the professional standards
* Setting standards of conduct through a binding Code of Practice
* Training and accrediting the most experienced assessors as Chartered Educational Assessors
* Providing specialist, high quality training for individuals and organisations
* Supporting its members with advice, information and services

The Dance Gems Director is a Fellow of this organisation.

Dance Arts International

Dance Arts International Ltd (DAI) was founded by Elsita Villanueva and is based in Italy. It has a systematic graded dance syllabus and its aim is to generate excellence in the 'practice of dance technique at all levels'. The classical work is based on a synthesis of the Russian method of Nicholas Legat and the Vaganova Method. Their Examination Board has a range of genres in its portfolio including syllabi in Classical Ballet, Character, Modern Jazz and Musical Theatre Workshop as part of their teaching qualifications.

The Dance Gems Director is an Artistic Consultant and Examiner for DAI.

Dance UK

Dance UK champion, advocate, develop, nurture, inform and guide the dance profession. It seeks to:
* Lobby politicians and funders to continue supporting dance and invest more.
* Champion healthier dancers and a healthier dance economy.
* Advocate for the increased profile of dance in all its diverse and dynamic forms.
* Develop and facilitate networks for the profession.
* Nurture and encourage career development.
* Provide information and guidance for the public and professionals.

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance

The ISTD's chief objective is: "to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms".

To achieve this, ISTD work in four main ways:
* to promote knowledge of dance;
* to maintain and improve teaching standards;
* to qualify, by examination, teachers of dancing in the ISTD's specialist techniques taught by our 7,500 members in schools of dancing throughout the world;
* to provide, through our syllabi, techniques upon which to train dancers for the profession.

ISTD is an Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual. Dance Gems teaches many of its syllabi to the Sapphire group of students to ensure progression through a graded system of training. Dance Gems enters students for graded ISTD examinations from time to time.

Melody Movement Early Learning

Dance Gems is licenced to deliver the Melody Movement Early learning curriculum. The work is based on music and a creative movement dance syllabus which addresses the needs of children aged 18 months upwards. It nurtures pre-school aged students assisting creative development and improving social, emotional and physical progression.

Royal Academy of Dance

The Royal Academy of Dance is an Awarding Organisation founded in 1920. They operate in 83 countries and have a structured examination system in ballet which allows students to progress to professional vocational standards. Dance Gems students are entered for the more senior examinations of the RAD syllabus. Senior level qualifications carry credits towards UCAS points. RAD is registered as an approved provider by Ofqual and Council of Dance Education and Training.

Royal Ballet School

The Director is a member of the Teachers' Course Association of the Royal Ballet School and also taught on the Royal Ballet School Teachers' Course for student and former professional dancers programme for a number of years. Through this uniquely special Association she has contacts with highly qualified graduate dance teachers throughout the UK and the world.

Royal Society of Art

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)

The Royal Society of Art has been in existence for 260 years and has over 27,000 members interested in promoting its work. Its mission is to 'enrich society through ideas and action'.
RSA works to bring about the right environment for this change, not just with its diverse Fellowships, but also in work-places and communities. RSA believe in building networks and opportunities for people to collaborate - creating fulfilling lives and a flourishing society. The Director has been a member of RSA since the 90s.

Society for Education and Training

The Society for Education and Training (SET) is the new professional membership organisation of the Education and Training Foundation for practitioners working in the post-16 education and training sector. Since the close of the Institute for Learning (IfL) in November 2014, SET has taken on its legacy and continues to support practitioners through their professional membership.

The Dance Gems Director is a Fellow of SET.

Trinity College London - Trinity Arts Awards

The Arts Awards inspire young people to develop their arts and leadership talents. It is creative, worthwhile and accessible. The Trinity Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award. Dance Gems offers private, holiday and workshop courses to gain Arts Awards and also assists other schools to deliver Arts Award programmes on their own premises.

The Arts Awards qualification can be added to GCSE and A Level students' Records of Achievement. The Bronze Award is equal to Entry Level 3, the Silver Award has GCSE equivalence and Gold has comparability to an A Level. ie 35 points towards UCAS.

For further information please speak to the Dance Gems office.


The Director has had
100% success in ISTD examinations
100% success in RAD examinations
100% success in AQA examinations
100% success in placing students
on funded vocational programmes
in the UK

Many students under Miss Goodhew's guidance have progressed to vocational dance schools and dance companies worldwide.
Listed are some of these schools and companies.

Vocational Dance and Drama Schools:
Bird College
Ballet West, Scotland
Central School of Ballet
Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet
English National Ballet School
John Cranko School, Stuttgart, Germany
Julliard, New York, USA
Laine Theatre Arts Ltd
Legat School of Dance, St Bede's Sussex
London Junior and Senior Ballet
London Studio Centre
Millennium Performing Arts
National Ballet School, Toronto, Canada
Northern Ballet School
Paris Opera Ballet School
Performers College
Rambert School
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Royal Ballet School (both Upper and Lower Schools)
Tring Park School for the Performing Arts

Other former students have gained impressive results at Universities reading for degrees in dance or non-dance subjects.

Ballet Black
Ballet Wales
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Dresden SemperOper Ballet
Dutch National Ballet
English National Ballet
Estonian National Ballet
Frankfurt Ballet
Hamburg Ballet - John Neumier Hamburg Ballet
Matthew Bourne's New Adventures
Munich Ballet
Northern Ballet
Norwegian National Ballet
Rambert Dance Company
Richard Alston Dance Company
Royal Ballet
Royal Swedish Ballet
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
San Francisco Ballet
Sarasota Ballet
Scottish Ballet
Stuttgart Ballet
Vienna Festival Ballet
Vienna State Opera Ballet

Further student graduates have gained employment in a variety of commercial theatre and
musical theatre companies in the West End, overseas and on exotic cruise ships.