WELCOME TO DANCE4LIFE!
INTRODUCING OUR DANCE TEACHERS AT DANCE4LIFE.........
MISS EMMA TOWNLEY RAD RTS
DANCE4LIFE PRINCIPAL AND FOUNDER
NEW PRINCIPAL OF JOANNE SIMMONS ACADEMY OF DANCE
FROM SEPTEMBER 2014
Emma presently has her own successful school in Calne and
Marlborough called 'Dance4Life' and it is perceived that the
Joanne Simmons Academy of Dance (JSAD) will eventually also
become known as 'Dance4Life' in the future.
Information on Dance4Life;
Dance4Life's principles - Dance4Life loves to share and inspire
enjoyment of dance and dancing to music. The school currently
holds a range of classes in Marlborough and Calne and works in
an open and co-operative manner with its students, fostering
and respecting their independence. It is one of Dance4Life’s
main priorities to always try to recognise and respect the
uniqueness, dignity and potential of every student. It is also seen
as very important to always try to encourage each student to
achieve the best of their ability in a positive, supportive and
structured way. (www.Dance4Life.org.uk)
Emma Townley RAD RTS is an experienced, enthusiastic teacher
who is dedicated to motivating her students to the best of their
ability. Emma has a good understanding of dance as she has
loved dancing since starting ballet aged three. Emma then went
on to study Jazz and Modern dance and achieved advanced
levels in all of these dance subjects.After completing her A levels
(including dance) Emma auditioned for several dance schools
and accepted an offer into the Northern Ballet School. Emma
started their three year performer’s course (which consisted of
studying Jazz dance, Modern dance, Contemporary dance,
Ballet, Singing, Body Conditioning and Tap dance) after
travelling Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore for
four months.After realising that she truly wanted to pass on her
passion and skills to others by teaching dance, she enrolled on
the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies Course at the Royal
Academy of Dance in London and graduated in November
2010.To offer a fully comprehensive service, especially for those
who simply want to gain good health and fitness through their
hobby, Emma qualified as a Zumba Fitness instructor in
December 2012.During her career Emma has benefited from
experiencing many teaching styles and methods enabling her to
recognise what works well with different students.
JOANNE SIMMONS RAD RTS AISTD
(FORMER PRINCIPAL AND FOUNDER OF THE JOANNE
SIMMONS ACADEMY OF DANCE)
Joanne Simmons founded the Joanne Simmons Academy of
Dance in 2012 with branches at Great Cheverell, Lydeway,
Shrewton and Westbury. In August 2014 Joanne decided to
retire from teaching full-time and will remain as ballet teacher at
the Westbury branch of Dance4Life from September 2014.Joanne started dancing at aged three years at the Mary Archbutt School in Manchester. Joanne went onto train full-time at the Laban Conservatoire, London and under renowned teacher, Bridget
Espinosa, on the professional dance course at the Guildford
School of Acting and Dance. Joanne studied classical ballet
(RAD, ISTD, Cecchetti), modern/jazz dance, contemporary dance,
tap dance, national dance, singing, classical ballet repertoire,
choreography and Benesh notation. After successfully
completing the course, Joanne danced went on to dance
professionally, performances included the Broadway original hit musical 'A Chorus Line' and Prokoviev's ballet 'Peter and the Wolf' to name a few, before joining a dance company based in Milan for a number of years. Joanne discovered her passion for teaching dance whilst in Italy and joined the school of the former prima ballerina of the La Scala Ballet Company, Luciana Novaro, assisting with the teaching of the vocational students.
On returning to the UK, Joanne enrolled on the Royal Academy of Dance's three year teaching certificate course which she successfully completed.
Over her twenty five years of teaching experience, Joanne has taught at all levels, run her own schools and choreographed dance performances.
'I am so pleased that Emma is taking over as principal of the
Joanne Simmons Academy of Dance and I am sure that she will
successfully develop and build the school towards becoming
a centre of excellence in dance training in the future...............'