giving everybody the chance to dance

 Who’s who?

 

Emma Bright
Company Director & Founder 

Emma Bright began Embody in June 2009 after completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance at Chichester University. Emma started Embody through a passion for dance and a passion for people. Beginning with Mature Movers and Strictly Seniors Classes across Coventry and Warwickshire Embody soon grew and Emma found herself immersed in the world of disability dance, creating her own Tiger Feet dance classes within the community and within care centres. Here, Emma saw the need for dance in the world of disability and how dance could make a difference each day. This passion then expanded into schools, where Emma began to work with both mainstream and disabled children. It then became clear to Emma that there was a need for relaxed and friendly dance classes for children of all ages and abilities. In September 2009 Emma started Embody dance classes for children in the local community of Stockingford, Nuneaton.

Emma was privileged in the Summer of 2012 to teach and choreograph a dance piece for We Dance Festival as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Mencap. As part of this project Emma worked with Hocus Pocus Disabled Theatre Company to create a dance piece performed at the MAC Centre. In October 2012 Emma was astounded to be asked to teach with Birmingham Royal Ballet as part of their Swan Lake tour. Emma was able to create a new version of Swan Lake with welsh girls aged from 7-16 and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Lee Fisher. The piece was performed at the Welsh Millennium Centre in the set of Swan Lake.

Embody continues to grow as Emma pushes the boundaries of what dance can be perceived to be and strives to create opportunities for communities to access dance. The first Embody show took place in July 2010 and every year since then. The most recent show in 2015 took place at the Bedworth Civic Hall. Emma enjoys lecturing for schools, colleges and Universities on the subject of inclusive dance and dance in the community.

Emma Bright
Company Director & Founder 

Emma Bright began Embody in June 2009 after completing a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance at Chichester University. Emma started Embody through a passion for dance and a passion for people. Beginning with Mature Movers and Strictly Seniors Classes across Coventry and Warwickshire Embody soon grew and Emma found herself immersed in the world of disability dance, creating her own Tiger Feet dance classes within the community and within care centres. Here, Emma saw the need for dance in the world of disability and how dance could make a difference each day. This passion then expanded into schools, where Emma began to work with both mainstream and disabled children. It then became clear to Emma that there was a need for relaxed and friendly dance classes for children of all ages and abilities. In September 2009 Emma started Embody dance classes for children in the local community of Stockingford, Nuneaton.

Emma was privileged in the Summer of 2012 to teach and choreograph a dance piece for We Dance Festival as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Mencap. As part of this project Emma worked with Hocus Pocus Disabled Theatre Company to create a dance piece performed at the MAC Centre. In October 2012 Emma was astounded to be asked to teach with Birmingham Royal Ballet as part of their Swan Lake tour. Emma was able to create a new version of Swan Lake with welsh girls aged from 7-16 and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Lee Fisher. The piece was performed at the Welsh Millennium Centre in the set of Swan Lake.

Embody continues to grow as Emma pushes the boundaries of what dance can be perceived to be and strives to create opportunities for communities to access dance. The first Embody show took place in July 2010 and every year since then. The most recent show in 2015 took place at the Bedworth Civic Hall. Emma enjoys lecturing for schools, colleges and Universities on the subject of inclusive dance and dance in the community.

James Bright
Company  Director & Management

James Bright is married to company founder Emma Bright. 

James has a Degree in Music from Bath Spa University and is a qualified Primary School Teacher at Birchwood Primary School in Polesworth where he teaches each week.

James uses his music expertise when teaching the Musical Theatre class at Embody Dance School. James also uses his background in performing arts to help Emma create the Embody Show each year!

James designs Embody's posters and flyers and can be found throughout the week working hard in Embody Headquarters creating more opportunities to 'Give Everybody the Chance to Dance'.

Sara Chowrimootoo
Dance Teacher

Sara graduated from The University of Northampton in July 2013 with a BA honours Dance degree. She is a trained dancer with a versatile dance background with training in various styles including; ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre and contemporary. Sara has always aspired to be a dance teacher since a young age.

Over the years Sara has taken part in numerous dance performances ranging from dance school productions, university performances and large scale productions. One of which was being chosen as a dancer to perform in the Godiva awakes: The Awakening event which was part of the cultural Olympiad in Coventry in 2012, and then being chosen again in 2013 for the Godiva Awakes: Homecoming event. Lastly, she has always been interested in community dance and what it entails. As her passion for teaching dance continually increases she is always eager to learn new things.

Sara joined the Embody Dance team in 2013 and is 'loving it!'

Sara Chowrimootoo
Dance Teacher

Sara graduated from The University of Northampton in July 2013 with a BA honours Dance degree. She is a trained dancer with a versatile dance background with training in various styles including; ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre and contemporary. Sara has always aspired to be a dance teacher since a young age.

Over the years Sara has taken part in numerous dance performances ranging from dance school productions, university performances and large scale productions. One of which was being chosen as a dancer to perform in the Godiva awakes: The Awakening event which was part of the cultural Olympiad in Coventry in 2012, and then being chosen again in 2013 for the Godiva Awakes: Homecoming event. Lastly, she has always been interested in community dance and what it entails. As her passion for teaching dance continually increases she is always eager to learn new things.

Sara joined the Embody Dance team in 2013 and is 'loving it!'

Bethany Hughes
Dance Teacher

Bethany trained on the BA (Hons) Dance and Performance course at Falmouth University, and is due to graduate in September 2016. Though her undergraduate training has been in Contemporary, Bethany has a diverse dance background. She started dancing at the age of three, taking classes in ballet, lyrical, tap, modern jazz, disco, and street over the years. From here, her passion for the performing arts never ceased to grow. She also took a keen interest in drama and musical theatre.

Bethany believes everybody should have the opportunity to dance! Though she adores the buzz which comes from performing, Bethany’s main aspiration has always been to teach dance, after she started assisting at her childhood dance school each Saturday morning aged 13. Her time at university has only expanded this interest, as her eyes were opened to the diverse world of community dance. Whilst at Falmouth, she had the opportunity to go on an extremely varied placement; which saw her going into schools, running after school clubs, visiting residential art centres and travelling all the way to California to pursue her love for teaching dance.

Bethany joined the Embody Dance team in 2016. 

Bethany Hughes
Dance Teacher

Bethany trained on the BA (Hons) Dance and Performance course at Falmouth University, and is due to graduate in September 2016. Though her undergraduate training has been in Contemporary, Bethany has a diverse dance background. She started dancing at the age of three, taking classes in ballet, lyrical, tap, modern jazz, disco, and street over the years. From here, her passion for the performing arts never ceased to grow. She also took a keen interest in drama and musical theatre.

Bethany believes everybody should have the opportunity to dance! Though she adores the buzz which comes from performing, Bethany’s main aspiration has always been to teach dance, after she started assisting at her childhood dance school each Saturday morning aged 13. Her time at university has only expanded this interest, as her eyes were opened to the diverse world of community dance. Whilst at Falmouth, she had the opportunity to go on an extremely varied placement; which saw her going into schools, running after school clubs, visiting residential art centres and travelling all the way to California to pursue her love for teaching dance.

Bethany joined the Embody Dance team in 2016. 

Alice Rowley
Young Apprentice

Alice Rowley began to take classes with Embody Dance Company when she was 10 years old. Upon attending Embody after-school dance club at Arley Primary School in 2009, Alice showed a flare for dance and choreography. This flare has kept growing ever since.

 

Through attending Embody Dance School based at the Stockingford Pavilion, Alice performed in her first Embody Show in 2010. Throughout the last 7 years Alice has taken many styles of classes with Embody but has shown a key interest in helping other children learn to dance. Alice was particularly enthralled with Embody’s work with elderly and disabled people in the local community.  Recognising Alice’s passion for teaching, Embody offered Alice an apprenticeship in Community Arts in September 2016. Finishing school at the Nuneaton Academy in June 2016, this past academic year has been very different for Alice.

Instead of attending a regular College course, Alice has been learning to become a dance teacher by following Embody as a Young Apprentice.

Alice has been “Giving Everybody the Chance to Dance” by developing skills to teach all ages and abilities. Alice has learnt to teach lots of different groups of people, including adults and children with physical and learning disabilities. Since September 2016 Alice has developed skills to teach dance in Residential Care Homes, Disability Day Services, Special schools, Mainstream schools and Embody Dance School.

Alice has choreographed routines for able bodied and disabled dancers and has been a regular trainee teacher at Mature Movers Over 50’s classes in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Alice has worked very hard as an apprentice and at will receive her qualification at the start of October this year. Embody has been so impressed with this local girl’s passion and commitment that the company has offered her a post as a Community Dance Teacher within their organisation from October 2017 onwards. Congratulations Alice and Keep Dancing!

Holly Riseborough
Apprentice

Holly is a young apprentice with Embody Dance.

Holly is a 3 times Gold Medal winner at the USA Special Olympics in 2015. Holly competed amongst Gymnasts from across the globe to gain 3 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal.

Holly is currently studying BTEC Dance at City College Coventry.

Holly undertakes work experience with Sara every Friday teaching Tiger Feet at Coventry Mencap and Mature Movers at Gilbert Richards Centre. Holly is an asset to every class she attends. She is bright, bubbly and fun to be around. Embody Dance and Holly are thrilled that Holly is now become a paid member of dance teaching staff by Coventry Mencap for each Embody Class she assists.

Holly continues to enjoy helping Emma at Embody and would like to continue to work in dance and performing arts as she gets older. Look out for Holly in the Embody Show and classes around Coventry!

Ruth Maniatt
Apprentice

Ruth is a young apprentice with Embody Dance.

Ruth lives and breathes singing and dance, if she could dance her way through life- she would!

Ruth’s dream is to be a dance teacher. Ruth has studied performing arts for 2 years at both Stratford College and Hereward College. Ruth loves anything to do with the theatre, and loves seeing as many live productions as she can.

Ruth undertakes work experience with Embody Dance, teaching Tiger Feet classes with Laura once a week and is a happy member of the Embody Dance Team.