Emma teaches both in mainstream adult education and for the outreach programme at the Mary Ward Centre in central London. Her mainstream social dance classes are open to adults of all ages from beginner to improver level and these can be booked directly with the centre at: http://www.marywardcentre.ac.uk
The outreach classes work in partnership with community organisations to widen participation and engagement with people who may not otherwise join a course by bringing classes out into local communities. Emma offers gentle and inclusive dance to charities working with older adults or providing respite for carers, sometimes in sheltered housing accommodation or day centres, or simply in a community centre to bring people together. Those participants who want an extra challenge have the opportunity to take IDTA exams and collect their Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in Line Dancing and Freestyle, should they wish! See http://www.facebook.com/dancetraineducation for more of their achievements.
Emma's dance teaching career began with a small chain of academies training children and young people (Emma's Academy of Dance & Drama) for IDTA awards and stage shows, including West End showcases at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Sadler's Wells and the London Palladium. This then developed into a network of professionals that Emma trained for their pro exams and provided teaching work for, with notable contracts including Sainsbury's Active Kids, Wandsworth Sport Development, Homerton University Hospital and GlaxoSmithKline.
After completing her PGCE in 2013, Emma moved almost exclusively into adult education. She was a performing arts tutor at the Bishopsgate Institute from 2005-2016 and during that time was also a peer observer and the tutor representative on the Access Working Group. Her teaching hours at the Mary Ward Centre increased each year due to demand with up to 20 courses running at a time in the current academic year. Since 2013, she has also carried out observations of fellow tutors' sessions, feeding back on good practice and areas of improvement regarding teaching, learning and assessment.
As a Fellow of the IDTA, Emma has been training new professionals for their Associate and Licentiate qualifications since 2009 with her original Dance Train course. Having had trainees flying in to join her London courses from Scotland, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland, Emma now offers online and distance learning in addition to face to face tuition. Since 2018 she has also worked as a trainer with Para Dance UK (formerly the Wheelchair Dance Sport Association) leading the practical element of their Inclusive Dance Training qualification in numerous intensive training courses throughout the year. For more information about professional training with Emma, see her dedicated site: http://www.teachingdance.co.uk
Emma also offers private tuition and is particularly known for her wedding 'first dance' service, Forever Wedding Dance. With flexible private tuition and informal group classes, there is an option for every couple. See the dedicated wedding page here: http://www.foreverweddingdance.co.uk