Emma ‘La Rizada’ completed the SDS (Spanish Dance Society) syllabus in 2000. Determined to pursue the ‘real’ flamenco she went to live and study in Jerez de la Frontera at the Centro de Baile . Not only did she discover this art form, but experienced it in context, as a way of life.
On her return to London she graduated from East London Dance as a qualified Community Dance Practitioner.
Emma has a broad range of teaching experience. She has worked within adult education teaching at London’s Bishopsgate Institute, in primary and secondary schools and runs her own classes in Greenwich. Emma gained valuable experience working for the Royal Academy of Dance for four years. Emma has also worked within the community which has included teaching blind and partially sighted adults to dance flamenco.
Emma continues to return to Spain to train with the leading names in flamenco today. Teachers that have inspired her are Mercedes Ruiz, Carmen Ledesma, Maria Juncal, Adela Campallo and Ana Morales.
Emma is a very dedicated teacher. She aims to make flamenco accessible and to inspire her students with this wonderful art form and for each student to reach their individual potential.