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.I Modern and 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 Priscilla Law
Originally from Hong Kong, Miss Priscilla started her training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Miss Priscilla was taught by an experienced and well-known ballet teacher, who trained in Russia and taught in the Beijing Dance Academy. During her years in Hong Kong, she took part in numerous performances and competitions as well as working with The Hong Kong Ballet. Since 2004, Miss Priscilla has lived and studied in the UK. She was honoured to have extra coaching from well-respected RAD examiner, Patricia Moore, and ex-Royal Ballet Principal, Karen Paisey. She has reached her RAD Advanced 2 in Ballet and completed her teaching qualification with the Royal Academy of Dance. Miss Priscilla teaches children from the age of 3 all the way through to our weekly adult ballet class. She also works hard to help us prepare our Ballet students for Exams by teaching regular additional ‘Exam Coaching’ classes to help our pupils hone in their skills leading up to taking a ballet exam. She is delighted to work for the Emily Baker School of Dance and hopes to pass on her passion for Ballet to all of our pupils!
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 and also start her DDI qualifications. With a DDI in both Tap and Modern under her belt Miss Phoebe is concentrating on furthering her teaching qualifications and also qualifying to teach ballet. Tap and Modern have always been a huge passion for Miss Phoebe and she is very excited to share her passion for these with pupils of all ages at Emily Baker School of Dance. Miss Phoebe has now been teaching for the School for over 4 years. Miss Phoebe often runs Children’s Dance parties for the School and teaches Adult Tap for those of you who would like to come along and try it! She is very much looking forward to working on our whole School Production of Alice in Wonderland which will take place early 2017.
Miss Delicia Sefiha
After training in Ballet, Modern and Contemporary in Greece, Delicia moved to the UK to study Contemporary Dance. She graduated with a 1st Honors degree from Bath Spa University and moved to Bristol. After Graduation Delicia started developing her own choreographic projects, collaborating and performing with other artists while also teaching Ballet and Contemporary dance.
As a mover, Delicia likes merging and expressing through different qualities, techniques and dynamics and her aim is to encourage her students to become versatile dancers as well as to find their own unique dance ‘voice’.
Delicia is really looking forward to teaching for Emily Baker Dance School and is excited to become part of the team!
Miss Laura Andrews
Miss Laura started ballet at the age of 3 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, aged 17. Despite being offered a place at the Central School of Ballet in London, Miss Laura chose to continue with her academic studies, though has continued to take regular classes and has been fortunate enough to experience some fantastic tutors as an adult dancer, including Gary Sinclair (ex-Royal Ballet), who taught her to look beyond technique and really embrace dance. 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 is very excited to be joining the school where she will be undertaking her full teaching qualifications under Miss Emily’s mentorship and is looking forward to meeting the children and teaching for the School in future.