Discover our top teachers and their disciplines
From ballet to tap, jazz to contemporary, Zumba to street jazz, dance workshops and masterclasses these dance teachers create combinations that make you want to dance all day long
Thank you to the brilliant teachers and behind the scenes helpers.
We are what we are thanks to you!
Director / Teacher
Theatre Jazz, Tap & Ballet and new Latin FUNK
Emma is the most amazing dance director, teacher, dancer, friend, sister, all rounder super star here at First Dance Studios. A graduate of the Jazz Dance School and Bodyworks, Emma has been throwing serious shapes since she was a toddler.
She hails from a dancing dynasty and continues to bring stellar productions, routines, teachers and jazz hands to the studios. Having set up First Dance Studios in Woking in 2005, Emma continually brings dance to everyone.
Since 2010, Emma has been organised full scale shows and performances with over five shows planned, choreographed and rehearsed.
Fun fact: Emma was taught by dance professional Greg Apostolidis, who performed in Thriller. And she has also taught British Royalty in her long dance teaching career.
Phrase: “From the top” and “It might be a bit faster”
Emma teaches Jazz, Ballet, tap, first dances and special occasion dances.
Her classes include Show & challenge tap, Theatre Jazz and Ballet. Please see here for all classes.
Emma also teaches first dances for weddings and anniversary celebrations, party and occasion events.
Ballroom & Latin, Latin FUNK
Katie is our brilliant Ballroom & Latin dance teacher and also the bestest of best little sisters to Emma. She can watch a routine once and be pretty much show ready in a matter of seconds. Katie has been at the studio since day 1 (which makes it over 15 years now) and dancing since she could follow Emma onto the dance floor.
These days Katie brings the bling into every ballroom class and we’ve also enjoyed many a Fame line dance event thanks to her. With dance in her veins, Katie is an inspired choreographer and puts the s into sassy salsas. Katie teaches ballroom and latin to both individuals and couples.
Favourite Routine: Thriller – who doesn’t love a bit of the walking dead?!
Fun fact: Brewer’s Ballroom is a firm favourite and Katie should be on the Strictly Panel! And did you know that Katie is actually Head of Dance at The Yehudi Menuhin School?
Beginner or expert Katie will help you bring out your ballroom best every Saturday, so grab your dance shoes and twirl into the studio.
Couples and Solo Latin every Saturday at 5pm in studio.
For some extra bling in your ballroom wedding dance then Katie is your teacher. She teaches First Dances that sparkle.
Drop off and Dance, Tap Dance
Karen or KT for short, is our terrific tap and dance teacher. With over 8 years teaching experience at the First Dance Studios, Karen has run over 3000 classes in that time. A lover of a newly released tap time step, Karen brings clean sharp lines to each & every routine.
Her classes include every level of tap from beginners to advanced and the high energy and high fun “dance like no one is watching” classes “Drop off and Dance”. As soon as the music goes on, the steps Come Alive and time to Get Stupid on the dance floor.
Favourite Phrase: “Up and More Up”
Favourite Show Number: Come Alive – one of 20+ numbers on rotation
MONDAY – Technical TAP 9.30am – in studio
MONDAY – BEG+ TAP 10.30am – in studio
MONDAY – INTER TAP 1.30pm – in studio
THURSDAY – Tap Gap 6pm – in studio
Drop off and Dance
MONDAY 9.30am – in studio
THURSDAY 9.30am – in studio
FRIDAY 9.30am – in studio
Karen also teaches a Beginners Tap Workshop. For further information please get in touch. The next workshop starts Wednesday 8th September 2021.
Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical Jazz
Emily brings joy with every jeté in class and whether it be ballet, contemporary or lyrical Emily weaves wonderful ideas together to make inspired dance routines. Emily, who danced at the 2012 Olympics ceremony alongside Darcey Bussell in ‘Spirit of the Flame,’ brings with her emotionally charged, rounded routines with flair. Emily is also often putting on a fabulous dance piece at Woking’s Party in the Park.
Fun fact: Emily put together a wonderful number for the “Inside Out” Online Festival in 2020.
Emily teaches the following classes;
Wednesday 7.15pm Contemporary
Friday 11.45am Beginner Ballet
Saturday 10.30am Contemporary
Zumba, Bootcamp, Stretch Flow and NEW FITNESS “Summer Fitness Bundle”
Sophie is our experienced Zuper Zumba teacher, BootCamp Boss and a lot more besides. She is a finalist in the Muddy Stilettos 2021 “Best Fitness Instructor in Surrey!” She also leads the fantastic Hiit and Core and a stretch classes. Sophie has been teaching for over five years and taught almost 1000 classes. Zumba is online and a firm Friday favourite. So if you are looking for high intensity fitness and recovery with proven results and leaves you wanting more then she has the classes for you.
Fun Fact: Sophie has taught Zumba from sunny Cyprus and has danced with the prima ballerina herself Darcey Bussell.
Favourite Routine: Zumba Battle – with feathers!
It’s always a funday with Sophie on a Sunday but she also teaches on the following days;
Zumba classes on Friday 6pm in studio and Sunday 10am as a recording
NEW BOOTCAMP Saturday at 9am – in studio – recording also available
NEW Stretch Flow Saturday at 9.50am – in studio – recording also available
Musical Theatre & Kids Classes
Life is more joyful with song & dance and Vicky brings extra sparkle to every class. An amazing actress, singer, dancer and more besides, Vicky will have you performing five minute spectaculars before you can say “Together Wherever We Go.” Teaching with us since 2017, Vicky brings words and movements to a high octane level.
She is an expert in performance and content. She also runs a great Kids Class (available as a recording) perfect for energetic little ones.
Fun fact: Vicky’s favourite holiday was seeing the Northern lights in Iceland.
Favourite Show Number: “Together Wherever We Go”
Through thick or through thin Vicky will make you smile. Her classes are a great all rounder for performance, song and dance as well as character analysis.
Her class is every Tuesday at 5.30pm in studio
Chrystele by name and a genuine diamond dancer by nature. A spot on ballet teacher with parfait poise. Teaching with us since 2019, Chrystele is always encouraging and ensures we glissade assemblé correctly. Chrystele really brings a certain passion au metier and wonderful to watch. Always on pointe.
Fun fact: A seafood and summer lover
Favourite Routine: I Got Rhythm and Presence
Be your own ballet beauty with us.
Inter Ballet (barre) with Chrystele 10.30am
Pointework with Chrystele 11.30am
Our latest dance teacher to join the First Dance Studios Family is medal winning Diana. With a passion for popping, Diana makes street look stylish every single time. A team GB tapper, dramatic dancer and stylish street jazzer, Diana can be found being calm and collected while we all Bury a Friend. She is also a ballet dance teacher.
Favourite Routine: Bury a Friend – less creepy more stylishly sassy thanks to Diana
Fun fact: Favours an apple pie as a treat
Diana teaches Contemporary at 7pm and Street jazz weekly at 8pm on a Monday
Hayley has been at First Dance Studios for a few years now and is a great Pilates teacher. She is encouraging and ensures you hinge at the right point and breathe in and out when you should. Her knowledge is tip top and her classes are open to all levels. Pilates is a fitness favourite here as it improves flexibility, muscular and core strength and can help with rehabilitation. Hayley is always in the meowment while helping you purrfect your cat stretches.
Fun fact: Loves to travel, anywhere including the Maldives, Italy and beyond
Favourite routine: Semi supine stretches
Hayley teaches Pilates online and it is available as a recording.
To find out more and get into pilates, please contact us here.
Biography and class updates coming soon…
With the Royal Philharmonic performing Nathan’s work he is our very own sensational choirmaster and musical director of First Dance Singers. With over 25 years in choral leadership Nathan, makes us sing with gusto. His choice of music is eclectic, ranging from sacred choral music, through to musicals, arrangements of popular and folk music, to writing his own arrangements and compositions suitable for our sassy singers.
Fun fact: Nathan has featured on BBC Songs of Praise and Radio 3.
Favourite piece: “On Windover Hill” performed by the Royal Philharmonic at a 12th Century church with First Dance Studios dancers Emily and Ros.