When the Empire Performing Arts dancers hit the stage on Friday at St Brigid’s for the inaugural annual concert, it will be the fulfilment of a lifelong dream for Coogee local and dance school director Emma Milgate.
At 18 years of age, the Royal Academy of Dance instructor moved to Coogee with stars in her eyes and a burning ambition to inspire the love of dance in her community. In January 2017, she opened Empire Performing Arts with just 20 students, and today the studio is enabling a chorus of 90 local students to express themselves creatively and build their confidence.
“Dancing is for everyone! It teaches children to connect, empathise and project. Energetic, creative, dynamic and above all fun is what we strive for in our classes at Empire Performing Arts.”
Empire Performing Arts teaches classical ballet, acrobatics, jazz/hip hop and contemporary dance to both boys and girls at St Brigid’s Parish Hall and St Nicolas’ Anglican Church in Coogee.
“This studio is not all about tutus and tiaras – I believe dance classes should be inclusive of all, and gender-neutral. Simply giving kids the confidence to stand tall, respect their bodies, look people in the eyes with a feeling of self confidence, make new friends and memories, be part of a team, and learn how to accept a win or loss with grace is a privilege.”
Enrolments are now open for 2018.
Dec 15. St Brigid’s Parish, 135B Brook St, Coogee. FREE Info: www.empireperformingarts.com.au