Emily McDougall

With a passion for dance since the age of three, Emily initially commenced her dance training on the Central Coast before being accepted into The McDonald College Classical Ballet Program at age 12.

Emily’s experience at The McDonald College was extremely rewarding, with her achievements extending from acceptance into the Australian Ballet School’s Interstate Program in 2008/09, to being the recipient of the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Scholarship in 2009 and the Senior Ann McDonald Scholarship in 2010. Under the guidance of Jane Kesby, Emily also completed all RAD Vocational Ballet Examinations including Advanced 2 with Distinction.  

Whilst at the College, Emily was a member of Premier State Ballet from 2009 – 2011 performing in Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Paquita. In 2010, Emily was accepted into the College’s elite training program Australian International Ballet Academy (AIBA), where she was privileged to be coached by Josephine Jason, Allan Cross, Jane Kesby, Katie Pianoff, Gina Brescianni and Joshua Consandine – all whom were instrumental in shaping her development as a dancer and teacher today.

In 2011, at the age of 15, Emily toured parts of Britain and Europe, where she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School. Emily was unable to fulfil this opportunity due to a recurring injury, but in light of disappointment, this experience has strongly influenced her approach and outlook on teaching today.

Between 2016 – 2017, Emily completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) through the Royal Academy of Dance, gaining full accreditation as an RAD Graded & Vocational Examinations teacher.

In 2018, Emily graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and continued to further her professional development with completion of Level 1 Teacher Training and Level 2 Pointe Teacher Training at Perfect Form Physiotherapy, as well as Pre-Training for Gyrotonics at Spiral Motion Studio.

With just over seven years of teaching experience, Emily strives to nurture every individual’s passion for dance from a young age.