Ballet, Contemporary & Modern Dance, Joy of Dance Academy Faculty Member
Dancing and teaching bring Emily inspiration, motivation and great happiness. Through laughter and hard word, Emily teaches safe, strong, beautiful technique and expressive movement in her classes. Her training began at 10 at a small ballet school in BC where she trained daily in Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet and Modern Dance. Emily is a graduate of the Professional Dance Training Programs at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and CODARTS: Rotterdams Dansacademie in the Neatherlands. Emily had an extensive professional career in modern dance. She toured Europe with Theatre Group DOX of the Netherlands and presented a solo by Agnija Seiko at the Prague Dance Festival. In Canada, Emily danced with Toronto’s Tilt Sound & Motion for 5 seasons, for Josh Beamish at the Vancouver International Dance Festival as well as many independent Toronto choreographers including Susie Burpie, Michael Caldwell and Sasha Ivanochko.
Emily has been teaching Ballet and Contemporary dance across Canada and Europe for 14 years. She is a graduate of the RAD’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and is a Registered Teacher with the RAD. She studied ballet pedagogy with the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program and modern dance pedagogy with Limon great, Risa Steinburg, in New York. Emily’s passion for teaching has been greatly influenced over the years by her own incredible teachers, namely Stelio Calagias (Toronto), Nikolai de Lusignan (Rotterdam) and Patricia Minor (Toronto). Emily feels so lucky to have called Joy of Dance home for the past 8 years and is so happy to now offer the RAD syllabus to Joy’s Adult and Teen dancers. Emily also loves coaching dance and performance skills and developing body awareness and safe movement practice with Ballroom dancers and competitive Figure Skaters.
Quote from Emily:
"Don't invest in being Pretty, invest in being Beautiful. Pretty is shallow and leaves nothing to discover. Beautiful is honest, rich and deep and makes you want to learn more. With Pretty the power lies in the observer, with Beautiful the power lies within the self." -Risa Steinberg Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher