To celebrate the incredible community at Heyford Park, we have spoken to different community group leaders and asked them questions about the group/activity they run.
Aspire Dance Academy offers ballet, tap and modern street dance classes to all ages, from tots to teenagers and adults too! With a range of classes suiting all levels, Aspire Dance Academy offers local people the chance to have high quality dance levels the opportunity to progress and grow.
Aspire Dance Academy owner and teacher, Emma, completed a 3-year performing and teaching course, graduating with teaching qualifications with ‘The Royal Academy of Dance’ and ‘Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance’. Emma has taught at various dance schools in London, teaching children that have been accepted into Royal Ballet School, Urdang Academy and Westend musicals including Les Miserable & Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 2009, Emma relocated Aspire Dance Academy to Heyford Park Free Schools Specialism Campus where a range of classes for all ages are available,
We asked Emma Elliot a few questions about Aspire Dance Academy…
Why and when was Aspire Dance Academy started?
Aspire dance Academy started in 2009 after I moved back to Banbury from London where I was teaching ballet, tap and modern free-lance. My neighbour at the time had family living in Lower Heyford and he mentioned there were no dance classes locally and thought it would be great to set up ballet and tap classes in the village. I originally started in Upper Heyford Village Hall with 3 classes, since then, we have moved to Heyford Park and have settled in the Community Centre and Heyford Park School.
What benefits does Aspire Dance Academy bring to the community?
There are so many benefits, firstly, local children have dance classes on their doorstep. Through Aspire Dance Academy, we also give the children opportunities to take examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and they take part in yearly presentation days and shows. Another benefit is giving children a space to grow and develop, classes are relaxed with the main focus on having fun, making new friends and learning a skill.
What is a highlight or favourite memory you have with Aspire Dance Academy?
I love seeing how the children progress and grow. I have recently said goodbye to children that started their journey with Aspire Dance Academy at age 3 and 4 years, they have been dancing with me since 2009 and are starting a new adventure going to college or university. It’s been an honour to have been part of their lives and it has been a privilege to share my passion for dance with them. I also have great pride watching every child when they perform, whether it be in a show, presentation day or in during examinations, I am proud of every single pupil at Aspire Dance Academy.