ABOUT US

The Dance Pad is unlike your traditional dance school. Offering a variety of cultural and street dance styles with a strong emphasis on technique. Our Teachers are well known and respected in Adelaide and abroad. We are a boutique school with the advantage of catering for the individual. We believe everyone has different goals and we strive to personalize this.
Why Choose TDP:
  • Piter & Emma have over 50yrs combined experience in dance
  • We are Professional Dancers
  • Emma holds a degree in dance
  • We are passionate about sharing our love of dance
  • Commited to passing on our knowledge
  • Opportunities to travel 
  • A pathway to perform with our Production Company
Meet The Team
  1. Emma Dawson Owner/Director/Teacher
    Emma Dawson trained in classical ballet from the age of 4 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Dance) Emma’s professional career started when she toured Taiwan with the production “Forgotten Gods”. Following that Emma ventured into a range of commercial dance styles, including cheerleading for the Adelaide 36ers and touring China with the “Fabulous Follies” showgirls. In 2005 Emma’s interest spread to Latin Dance and she travelled overseas to gain knowledge. Visiting places such as New York to train with Eddie Torres the “Salsa King”, Cuba to train with Banrara in Rumba and Cuban Folkloric and Brazil to train in Samba. In 2006 Emma went to L.A to pursue hip hop and perform in a choreography by Dave Scott (You Got Served; Stomp the Yard) Emma has continued to visit the US and learn from the best choreographers such as Lil C “Krump pioneer” and Rhapsody James (Dreamgirls) Emma has enjoyed a career performing alongside people such as David Campbell as part of the show “Swing King Cabaret” Featuring as a back up dancer for “Paulini”, and winning the Australian Tropicana Solo Competition alongside Hip Hop Dance Collective “3_Deep”. In 2012 Emma returned to Cuba as a guest teacher and choreographer at the Television Ballet Company and Havana Queens. Since retiring as a professional dancer Emma now resides in Australia to teach and run her dance school "The Dance Pad" aswell as manage, direct and choreograph for the production company TDP Productions. Recents credits include live stage shows "Cuban Flow" the stage show, "La Fiesta" and "Feel the Rhythm"
  2. Piter Pantoja Lopez Owner/Teacher
    Born in Havana, Cuba. Piter is a Professional Dancer and Dance instructor of all Cuban dance styles. Piter is well known for his energy and unique street style that he brings to the stage. Recognized as an outstanding performer Piter has danced for some of Cuba’s biggest internationally recognized stage shows. In the past few years Piter has been teaching in Europe, Finland and dancing as part of the show “Jazz it Up” Career Highlights Dancer with Pinos Nuevos Company -2003 Dancer with Eduardo Veitia Company Mundial Del Yoruba Festival – Havana, Cuba 2004 Toured with Folklore Dance Festival – Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany – 2005 Toured China - 2006 “Kings of Salsa” International Tour-2008 “Lady Salsa” International Tour – 2009 Guest Judge/Performer & Instructor, Australian Rueda de Casiono Festival -2014 “Cuban Flow” Stage Show Adelaide FRINGE 2016, Cabaret FRINGE 2016, Adelaide FRINGE 2017 First Place – Australian Rueda Casino Championship
  3. Coral Bown Teacher
    Coral Bown is one of our own. An exceptional student from The Dance Pad who has grown into a professional performer and teacher of little ones.
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