Meet The Team

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Emily Davis

Principal / Ballet Teacher

Having taught ballet for over 6 years, Emily started ballet aged 2 ½. She has gone on to pursue her dance training with Distinctions to an advanced level and at a young age auditioned and was awarded a place on the prestigious Cecchetti Associates programme.

Throughout this time Emily was given the opportunity to perform as a soloist in a number of productions, which fuelled her love of performing.

She was invited to choreograph and perform a solo piece at The Wigmore Hall and has also choreographed and performed for a number of student music videos.

Emily’s love of dance led her to pursue her professional teaching qualifications, where she has gained her ISTD DDI (Diploma in Dance Instruction) in Cecchetti Classical Ballet. Since graduating with a first-class honours degree from Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Emily combines her passion for dance and photography. Her photographs have been published in The Stage, Park Theatre and on IMDB.

 

Emily continues to advance her training, through both teaching qualifications and performance opportunities - and is currently taking the next step in her teaching qualifications and is training towards her ISTD DDE (Diploma in Dance Education) in Cecchetti Classical Ballet.

Claire Hackston

Teaching Assistant

Having started ballet and modern classes at a young age, Claire has achieved her Intermediate Ballet, Modern and Tap at Distinction. She also trained at Swindon Dance CAT and performed with the English Youth Ballet and Hampshire Youth Dance Company. Claire went on to train at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating with a BA(Hons) (First-Class). Whilst attending LCDS Claire performed works by choreographers including Richard Alston and Hofesh Shechter. During this time, she also started working as a Teaching Assistant for The Place CAT and CYD classes, where she found her love for working with young people. Since graduating Claire has carried on working with young people, and is working with Katie Dale-Everett Dance as a performer in Virtual You, a piece about social media touring senior schools.

Matt Geer

Pianist

Matt is a researcher in aesthetic philosophy, specialising in the phenomenology of music and temporal consciousness. He is currently writing a PhD, supervised at Queen's University Belfast and is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied music composition. As a composer, Matt writes mainly opera and vocal works, and has had compositional performances by e.g. the BBC Singers and London Philharmonic Orchestra musicians. Matt is an award-winning organist and has played at many major Cathedrals in the UK and abroad. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, learning languages and playing jazz piano!  

Jeanne Le Bec

Ballet Assistant

Hello! I’m Jeanne, for the past 6 months I’ve been helping Ms.Emily and Ms.Claire. I’ve been doing ballet since I was 5 years old in France, I still do ballet and I also help younger girls with ballet. I really enjoy helping others and learning a new way to take leadership. In my school, we have Duke of Edinburgh, which is an organisation which helps young people to be more committed. For example, we have to do 3 months of a sport, 3 months of a skill and 6 months of volunteering. My volunteering was ballet and it taught me how to work with children. I can’t thank Miss Emily enough for the opportunity she's given me!

Guest Artists & Teachers

Clara Kerr

Issy Brownson

Contemporary / Jazz Teacher

Musical Theatre Teacher

Clara graduated from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with a first-class honours degree in Dance. Since graduating in 2019, Clara has directed and choreographed two full length dance pieces, the first Caillte with performances at St. Luke’s Bombed Out Church and the Tate Liverpool as part of the Liverpool

Irish festival. The second, a commissioned piece called An Féileacán Agus An Rí which was a collaboration with Myra Zepf and performed as part of the Belfast Children’s Festival in 2020.

Most recently Clara was one of eight artists to be involved in Maiden Voyage Dance’s Match Makeinitiative, creating a screen dance named Backbone in collaboration with Jo Guthrie.

 

As well as choreographing, Clara performs professionally as a dancer and has performed for a month to over 2000 people in Birmingham’s NEC arena.

Issy is an actress working in the British Theatre and Film Industry.

During her studies at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, she worked closely with the Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Company, creating theatre pieces and workshops for disadvantaged children on a global scale.

 

Since graduating, she’s co-created the theatre company ‘The Imagination Sprouts’, an educational music and theatre experience for children in British Museums. She loves to sing and dance - and she enjoys the occasional wild swim in her spare time!

Emily Yong

Contemporary / Ballet Teacher

Emily started dancing at the age of three at local dance schools in Leicester and Peterborough. She was also a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School and a Cecchetti Scholar. Emily then went on to train at Rambert School, where she had the opportunity to work with Christopher Bruce and Robert Cohan, and graduated with a First Class Honours degree. Since graduating, Emily has enjoyed dancing with various different companies including Springs Dance Company, English National Opera, Off The Map, Hawk Dance Theatre and The Knotted Project. As well as performing, Emily has a passion for teaching dance, especially to children and young people. It brings Emily joy when dance brings communities together – she was delighted to be involved with Springs in Nine Elms Arts Ministry’s event Refugee: A Christmas Story - a community event which used dance and the arts to explore the topic of displacement.