About Emily

Emily began dancing at the age of 2 and a half and by age 15 was taking classes at least 4 times a week, as well as participating in shows and competitive festivals. She developed a desire for teaching  and, at the age of 16, began assisting classes, as well as studying for ISTD Associate (Modern theatre faculty). Whilst studying A-Level Dance, Emily discovered her passion for dance science- how the science of the body relates to dancing.

 

Emily passed her ISTD Associate and won a funded place to London Contemporary Dance School in 2000.  However, a chronic injury early into her training meant she had to reassess her future.  Having already acquired a fair amount of knowledge around dance injuries and biomechanics, and having experienced first hand the effects of career threatening injury she decided to pursue a career helping dancers rather than being one. Her quest for better educated and healthier dancers had begun!

 

Emily moved to Middlesex University in 2001 and started their Sport Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention course.  She became a member of the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers - a professional organisation providing insurance for practitioners. She was able to tailor all of her training for dance rather than sport and spent three months in New York at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries as part of her studies.

 

Emily graduated from Middlesex with First Class Honours, and began a PhD studentship at the University of Wolverhampton in 2005.  After being awarded a fees-paid bursary to study full-time, she conducted various different research projects surrounding the physical demands of classical ballet, and effects of different levels of fitness on performance. She was lucky enough to work with several major ballet companies, and choreographed and validated a new test to measure the aerobic fitness of dancers, using ballet movements.

  

Throughout her university life, both pre- and post-graduate, Emily continued to teach ballet, modern, jazz, tap, classical Greek and body conditioning to various dance schools where her pupils have gained excellent examination results and secured places on associate schemes and vocational courses.

 

Emily has lectured in dancer health, injury prevention and fitness for dance at various dance-teacher organisations including the Royal Academy of Dance, British Theatre Dance Association, and the British Ballet Organisation. She is also a qualified science teacher and works at a secondary school in Warwickshire. In 2014 Emily opened her own dance school, Warwick School of Dance.

 

Emily is the director of MIDAS, an innovative dance training scheme for talented young dancers in the Midlands. Midlands Independent Dance Associate Scheme (MIDAS) offers classes equally weighted in ballet technique, body conditioning and artistry, to give aspiring young dancers the best possible chance for success. 


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