Emily Davis

Principal 

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 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. Highlights of these roles include, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella; The Arabian Dancer and The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.

Emily was invited to choreograph and perform a solo piece at The Wigmore Hall and has also choreographed and performed for a number of music videos. In 2016, she was given the opportunity to take on the role of Stage Manager for the Vacani School of Dance production of Cinderella, where £7,000 was raised for Neo Natal Intensive Care charity.

Emily’s love of dance has led her to pursue her professional teaching qualifications, where she has gained her ISTD DDI (Diploma in Dance Instruction) in Cecchetti Classical Ballet. Graduating with a BA Hons (1st class) 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.

Meet The Team

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!

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