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EMMA TATE

Emma has been teaching dance in Education for 14 years and in 2013 joined GEMS Wellington Academy as Dance Coordinator and Teacher of Performing Arts.

 

Teaching and developing Dance pathways is Emma's passion, constantly striving to engage and inspire children of all ages and abilities, encouraging them to explore their personalities through movement, enabling them to be creative and imaginative. 

Emma is a key part of driving forward UDO's Academy Dubai’s flagship school, creating an inclusive and bespoke dance provision at WSO that is accessible to all students and to suit the needs of all students.

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UDO Syllabus (Grades 4-6), Trainee Instructors Academy, UDO Street Dance Styles

NATASHA ROONEY

UDO Syllabus (Pre Primary – Grade 3) , UDO Street Tots, UDO Street Dance Styles

Natasha has been dancing for over twenty years.

 

Her background training started in musical theatre which then led me to tap dance, commercial, street dance & hip hop.

 

Dancing has given Natasha joy and confidence, working with others as part of a team with different styles backgrounds & cultures. She has been based in Dubai for five years with United Dance Organisation teaching and creating shows and also performing in large events around the Middle East.

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CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE

UDO Break Dance

For Christopher “CL Frostyle” Trasmaño, dance is not just about grace, fluidity or motion – but it is about culture.   “Hiphop culture in general – especially dance culture – has been such a positive influence in the world.”  

Last year, this Pinoy who is the most prominent in the local dance scene known not only for his moves but also his unmistakeable hairstyle and ebullient personality became part of two landmark dance documentaries.  “Beyond the Block” by dance legend Ricky Carranza, and  “Grit. Grace. Gold.” a HipHop film produced for Sole DXB.

Nike also appointed Frostyle as brand ambassador in 2017, with his photos placed at the Mall of Emirates during the Nike Airmax 30th anniversary. 

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GEMMA HODDY

Gemma trained at Orpington College studying a BTEC national diploma in 

Performing Arts & A level Dance, she went on to train in various dance styles at Pineapple performing arts school in Covent Garden where she was introduced to hip hop and funk styles of dance which she instantly favoured.  Gemma continued her training in these fields and progressed onto joining Boy Blue Entertainment as a company member and teacher.

As well as performing Gemma massively enjoys teaching dance and mentoring all ages in this field, she has had the pleasure of working with all kinds of people from different walks of life and feels extremely privileged to be able to pass on her knowledge to others in a fun and productive way.

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CARMEL BONDSWELL

UDO Syllabus (Pre Primary – Grade 3) , UDO Street Tots, UDO Street Dance Styles

Carmel began her professional dance training in Contemporary Ballet at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance at North Greenwich University In London.

 

During her time, Carmel began to discover different styles of dance which inspired her to branch out of her Contemporary Ballet training. She was highly influenced by Hip Hop and Commercial dance which propelled her into working in the commercial dance industry.   Carmel has worked with International artists such as PSY (Gangnam Style Man), FUSE ODG (Best African Artist) Katy B and Ms Dynamite and more. Carmel has also performed on T.V. shows such as ITV, ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

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