A former dance teacher who recently died at the age of 93 will be missed by hundreds of her pupils, her family has said.

Gwendoline Teresa Phelan previously ran a ballet school in Enfield, the Gwenda Grayson School of Dance, and retired from teaching at the age of 75.

Gwen's passion for dance started from an early age when she learned classical ballet.

At the age of 15, she passed her school certificate exams at the Holy Family Convent in Enfield and in the 1940s, she began to practice being on stage at the Arts Educational School in Central London.

From there, Gwen took on the stage name ‘Gwenda Grayson’, a name bestowed on her by theatrical impresario Bernard Belfont. ‘Gwenda’ triumphed in several West End Musicals and had several seasons in Repertory Theatre.

She married Tony Phelan and gave birth to two sons Sean, Patrick and their daughter Oonagh. When Oonagh was three, Gwen launched her ballet school.

The school began to grow rapidly, producing a succession of public performances and raising noteworthy sums for leading charities. Even her daughter Oonagh studied ballet at the school and has since opened her own school Bourn Ballet School.

Gwen will be remembered by many of her former pupils who passed their Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) grade exams.

In 2015, Gwen and Tony moved to Bourn, near Cambridge, so that Gwen could spend her final years with their daughter Oonagh, son Patrick and their families.

Gwen is survived by her husband Tony, their sons and daughter and five grandchildren.