Miss Emily Baker
School Principal – Ballet, Lyrical, Tap and Modern Teacher
Miss Emily has been dancing since the age of three! She began her training in Nailsea and continued her ballet training in her teens in Bristol & Bath, where she completed all major ISTD and RAD exams, including Advanced Tap and Modern exams (passed with Honours) and her Advanced Ballet exams. She was lucky to receive extra tuition from RAD Examiner and Adjudicator Janet Palmer and ex-Royal Ballet Principal Karen Paisey in Bath in her later teens. She has competed in many Dance Eisteddfods and competitions since a young age and was lucky to win medals and even trophies, including receiving 3rd place in the ‘All England Finals’ as part of a Contemporary duet in Sadlers Wells. Miss Emily has also performed at the Bristol Hippodrome, Colston Hall, Redgrave Theatre and many other local theatres in various productions. She was a member of the Bristol Youth Ballet Company for several years, where she worked her way up from the corps de ballet to soloist. The Company performed at many theatres in the area and took part in regular workshops with prestigious guest teachers.Miss Emily worked as a Professional Dancer in a Dance Show in Disneyland Paris for almost a year, where she played/danced many of the Disney Characters, her main role being Sleeping Beauty! Miss Emily is delighted to have qualified with a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) with the Royal Academy of Dance, and her D.D.E Modern and D.D.I Tap teaching qualifications with the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). She continues to further her teaching qualifications and takes regular courses with her teachers to ensure they are up to date with the latest training and can add further experience to their teaching. She loves to teach her students of all ages from Baby Ballet to her own Adult Ballet Company Class every Friday evening.
Miss Charlotte Pearce
Miss Charlotte has been dancing since the age of two and has completed all of her Graded Examinations in both RAD Classical Ballet and ISTD Modern up to Advanced level. She has competed in Eisteddfod Competitions for 11 years, during which time she performed many solos and group dances. Miss Charlotte was also chosen to take part in an ITV Fixers music video, where she choreographed and performed her own ballet solo. Her passion for dancing, in particular, Classical Ballet is something she wishes to share with others and has now been given the opportunity to do so. Miss Charlotte was accepted on to the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies Programme (CBTS) with the Royal Academy of Dance where she has completed her teacher training, with the help of her Mentor Miss Emily. Miss Charlotte now teaches ballet to pupils of all ages from across the school from the Baby Ballet groups, through to the older girls in Intermediate Foundation class. Miss Charlotte is a proud member of the Emily Baker School of Dance Repertoire Company where she enjoys taking regular classes with the company. Miss Charlotte is looking forward to continuing to teach the students of the Emily Baker School of Dance for many years to come!
Miss Phoebe Coke
Tap & Modern Teacher
Miss Phoebe started dancing at the age of 7 with The Susan Nash School of Dance and Drama in St George, Bristol. It was there that she found her passion for Ballet, Jazz/Modern and especially Tap, and has not lost it since. After flying through her Dance GCSE and AS level, Miss Phoebe decided that the route of dance teaching was the one for her and joined the Bristol College of Dancing to further her dance training. It’s with the college that Miss Phoebe completed her DDE qualifications in Tap, Modern and Ballet genres. Dance has always been a huge passion for Miss Phoebe and she loves having the ability to share her passion with pupils of all ages at Emily Baker School of Dance. Miss Phoebe has now been teaching for the School for over 7 years and has had the pleasure of running children’s dance parties and has been a part of three major EBD productions as well as mini seasonal showcases.
Creative Dance and Contemporary Dance Teacher
Xavier De Santos is a current Bristol-based Dance Teacher, Freelance Dancer, Choreographer as well as Artistic Director and Co-founder of his own Contemporary Dance Theatre Company.
Xavi’s dance journey started as a little boy, watching his mother boogying around the house, leading him to Balleteatro in Porto, Portugal, where he trained in Physical Theatre for three years. He has a varying range of training from both Portugal and the UK, including his first-class Dance BA (Hons) degree from Bath Spa University where he is now an Associate Lecturer. He also received the Bath Spa Alumni Award in 2017 as one of the top five students at the university.
Xavi has plenty of experience in leading, making and collaborating within the dance world, receiving five-star reviews for his dance theatre performances with his own Dance Theatre Company.
Xavi also has experience in directing movement and performing within theatre. He is very excited to join the EBD Team and will hopefully inspire more boys to try Dance.
Miss Laura Andrews
Miss Laura started ballet at the age of 3 at Parkewood School of Dance in Southampton, where she trained until she was 18 years old. During this time she completed her RAD exams, to Advanced level. She also participated in many festivals and shows, playing the lead role of Cinderella in her School’s dance show. Miss Laura was offered a place at the Central School of Ballet in London aged 15 though chose to continue with her academic studies. Her love of dance did not stop and she continued to take regular classes throughout University and beyond.
Miss Laura has been involved with the School since it started and has performed with our Adult Ballet Company in previous shows. The children might remember her as one of the Spanish Dolls from our Nutcracker, dancing a duet with Miss Charlotte. Miss Laura has taught for the School since January 2018 and has loved meeting the children, working with them to prepare for our Aladdin show and ballet exams and watching their dedication, creativity and passion to learn in classes each week.