ABOUT

Emma ACTON

  • EYCC Director and Coach

  • Former Soloist ​- Melbourne City Ballet 

  • Diploma in Classical Dance and Performing Arts

  • Cert IV in Dance teaching and management

  • Provisional membership with the Ballet Conservatoire syllabus

  • Certified Pilates teacher

 “I love to work with students who are passionate and hard working, I strive to provide all of my students an opportunity to become motivated, inspired and physically and mentally ready for a demanding career.” 

Emma began dance in Bendigo, Victoria training in all styles. At a young age, Emma was accepted into the Australian Ballet School where she trained under the guidance of Leigh Rowles, Irina and Sergey Konstantinova, Marilyn Rowe and Christine Howard, among others. During this time she was fortunate enough to perform alongside the Australian Ballet company in their opening night of ‘Ballet Blokes’.

 

At age sixteen, Emma began training full-time at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet where she gained her Diploma in Classical Dance and Performing Arts under the tuition of Christine Walsh and Valmai Roberts, among others.  Emma then moved to Brisbane to pursue her training with the Queensland Ballet’s Professional Year, overseen by Francois and Robyn Klaus.

While in Brisbane, Emma gained a great deal of professional experience performing with Queensland Ballet and later, Expressions Dance Company and in the cabaret group Candy Shop Show. During this time, Emma also began teaching dance and gained her Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management. 

 

In 2014, Emma joined Melbourne City Ballet where she danced as a Soloist, performing soloist and principal roles for 5 years, including yearly national tours, under the direction of Michael Pappalardo. Emma's performance repertoire with MCB includes; Carmen, Coppelia (Prayer soloist), Exhale, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hippolyta), Romeo and Juliet, Napoli, Play/Rewind, Dracula, Madame Butterfly (Kate), Don Quixote (Queen of the Dryads), Echo, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West), The Nutcracker (Snow Queen), and Alice in Wonderland (Alice). Emma also performed in Melbourne City Dance Collective's debut performance of 'Rebelde' as a contemporary Soloist.

 

Throughout her time at MCB, Emma also undertook the role of Ballet Mistress for the Melbourne City Youth Ballet's seasons of 'Beauty and the Beast' - 2016, and 'Peter Pan' - 2017, and was an important member of the MCB classical teaching staff as Learning and Development Coordinator, working with the Finishing Year, full-time Elite Program and MICA (half-day) students, as well as teaching multiple Company classes. Teaching at MCB included many responsibilities such as; repertoire and variation coaching, choreographing full-length classical ballet productions, regular technique, pointe and conditioning classes, syllabus development, assessing and report writing and overseeing Certificate and Diploma students in both their practical and theory work.

 

In June 2019, Emma decided to end her time as a full-time performer to allow further focus on teaching classical ballet and Pilates. Emma created ‘Elite Youth Classical Coaching’ in 2016 and continues to run frequent intensives, guest teaching workshops and private coaching, as well as teaching regularly at En Pointe School of Ballet. As a coach, Emma brings 9 years of dance teaching experience, she is a certified dance teacher, certified Pilates teacher and a provisional member with the Ballet Conservatoire syllabus. Above all, Emma strives to impart her love and knowledge of classical dance and vocation of safe dance practice to aspiring young artists.

© Elite Youth Classical Coaching 2016 

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