Meet our new tap teacher – Amelia!

Our Teacher Feature is a monthly instalment that we include in our newsletters, but as we realise not all of you subscribe to our mailing list, we’re also going to be sharing the teacher feature on our blog too! The purpose of the Teacher Feature? To get to know the lovely people who teach our weekly classes a little bit better!

Amelia McCarthy

Classes Amelia teaches:

What’s your dance background?

I started dancing at 3yrs old (in a small town called Yamba on the North coast of NSW, Australia) and I grew up training in almost every dance style that was available at my local dance studio, incl. ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, national character, musical theatre (and more!) When I finished high school I was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance (which is the national ballet and contemporary school of New Zealand) and I trained there for 3 years (2013 – 2015) majoring in Contemporary Dance. Whilst training at NZSD I did internships with Australian Dance Theatre and Footnote New Zealand. After graduating, I moved to the UK in 2016 to pursue a career in contemporary dance and have worked with various dance companies and choreographers incl. JJG Dance Company and Rachel Clarke Dance Company. As I am a freelance artist and teacher, I also work in a variety of different dance fields and I sometimes work as a motion capture artist in the film industry.

What’s your favourite dance style?

My favourite style is definitely a tie between contemporary dance and tap. Both styles bring me so much joy and they both have so much creative freedom. I especially love how tapping is basically making music with your feet.

If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

If I weren’t a dancer I would probably be a wildlife veterinarian (I absolutely love animals of every kind). I actually got accepted in to a veterinarian course at a university and did work experience at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, but I turned it down to go to New Zealand School of Dance and be a professional dancer instead!