Teachers

  • Emma Dawson

    Emma began dancing ballet at the age of four, and then went on to graduate from the Centre of the Performing Arts (CPA) with a Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Dance).

    After graduating Emma was asked to tour Taiwan with the production "Forgotton 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. Emma's talents also spread to acting when she was asked to star as Creusa in the play "Medea" with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

    In 2005 Emma's interest spread to Latin Dance and she travelled to New York to train with Eddie Torres the "Salsa King". She then travelled to Cuba to train in Rumba and Cuban Folkloric. Subsequently she was asked to guest teach at the Medina dance Company of Havana. After this, she travelled to Rio Brazil to train in the style of Samba and now dances and choreographs for the nationally recognized Las Chicas Bomba. Since then Emma has been a guest teacher and performer at the Sydney Salsa Congress.

    In 2006 Emma went to L.A to persue hip hop and perform in a choreography by Dave Scott (You Got Served; Stomp the Yard) as part of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy Summer Hip Hop Intensive. Emma has continued to visit the US and learn from the best choreographers such as Lil C "Krump pioneer" and Rhapsody James (Dreamgirls).

    Emma's passion for dancing has widened into the field of teaching, whereby she has now returned to the Adelaide Institute of Arts to Teach Commercial Dance (formerly the CPA). Emma is well known for her wide range of knowledge in different styles of dance including ballet, contemporary, salsa, samba, hip hop, jazz, cheerleading, show girls and cabaret.

    She teaches a wide range of youth in various communities, one being the recent completion of a film clip project on awareness of drugs and alcohol with the Vietnamese Association and another show casing a performance by the Maree and Copley youth indigenous communities at the 2009 "Black Night". She has been a consistant teacher for Kurruru Indigenous Arts, mentored young inspiring teachers and been involved in the production of the Remedy Film Clip Project. A project devised for drop in youth of the Playford Council area. In addition to youth, Emma's interests spread to the Disability sector and she has founded a Dance Company for people with disabilities, entitled True Colours.

    Emma continues to enjoy performing and recently shared the stage in the cabaret show "Swing King Cabaret" on the Gold Coast with David Campbell as well as dancing with the Hip Hop Dance Collective "3_Deep.

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