Meet The Directors
Emma Jane Hardy – Director
Emma teaches dance to all ages, from 2 years to adults, passing on her skills to over 300 children every week! She teaches within a variety of schools, and at the Ealing studio, both to those looking to dance for fun, fitness and enjoyment, and to those looking to continue into the performing arts, with many former pupils successfully gaining places to continue training at top colleges.
As a choreographer, Emma’s theatre credits include Essence of Ireland (UK Tour), Thank you for the Music (UK Tour), Mamma Mia – The Concert (UK Tour), Dick Whittington (pantomime – UK Productions), Aladdin (pantomime – UK Productions). In the world of pop, Emma has choreographed for the chart topping acts Take That, The Feeling, Armand van Helden (‘My my my’), Sonique and Axwell, while TV credits include The Mint, MTV House Music Awards and The Generation Game. Commercially, Emma has choreographed hair shows for Salon International (Wella Colour), and many trade shows, with clients including EuroDisney and Sony.
As a performer, Emma has experience in theatre, TV, film and pop, with credits including Brit Awards, Spirit of the Dance, Essence of Ireland, Carnival Cruises, Mamma Mia – The Concert, MTV, Miss Selfridge Fashion show, T&G Models trade show, and Cirque du Soleil premiere.
Emma now loves running Innovation Dance, and giving children the opportunity to develop their passion for dance, and fulfil their potential.
Zoe Newell – Director
Zoë’s true passion lies in passing on her love of dance to others and developing the talents of those she teaches. She enjoys teaching students of all ages, from 2 years to adult, ensuring all increase their skills and fitness, whilst having fun! Past students have gone on to attend some of the top performing arts colleges in the UK.
Over the last ten years Zoë has worked extensively as a choreographer/dance teacher working in both secondary and primary schools where her students achieved excellent results in both GCSE and BTEC examinations. She also takes great pleasure in choreographing and devising shows and productions for theatre schools and companies.
Zoë started dancing at the early age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since! She graduated from Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama 2004 with a Diploma in Musical Theatre/Professional Dance, attaining her associate free style with IDTA.
Since graduating Zoë has performed in various touring productions, pantomimes and theatre in education – Cinderella (Ria Kane Productions), Pied Piper (Bangers and Mash Theatre Company), Sleeping Beauty (Blackfriars Arts Centre) Golden Goose (Solomon’s Productions) Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” (ATG – Richmond Theatre) What if it rains(Quantum Theatre for Science) a national touring theatre company.
Choreography credits include – Connect Festival and Jam free projects both for Sadlers Wells, London Youth Day Day – at The Scoop, Channel 5’s Milkshake, Westminster & Barnet Dance Festivals and Move it – Olympia London.
Zoe now teaches the musical theatre, baby ballet and street at the Finchley Studio, and several classes within schools in North London. She also has baby boy, Isaac, who will hopeful be dancing in her footsteps!
Carrie Amor – Dance Development Manager
Carrie started freelancing for Innovation Dance roughly 5 years ago, she went on to become Head of Dance at Graveney School achieving high results in GCSE & Btec Dance, whilst choreographing/directing Fusion Dance Show’s and the Annual Musicals. She has now returned as our Dance Development Manager.
Carrie began dancing aged 3, studying the R.A.D Syllabus in Ballet and Modern. At the age of 8 she became an associate at The Royal Ballet School and trained there for 6 years. During this time she danced for The National Youth Ballet and National English Ballet. After her GCSE’s, she completed her A levels in Dance, Performing Arts and Theatre Studies, followed by a BA Hons Degree in Dance Performance. After graduating Carrie concentrated on performing; including credits with Jessie J, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Lady Gaga and a documentary for Britney Spears. She joined Allstars International Dance Team, Cheerleading, and performed in many Ballet’s and Panto’s including Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Dick Whittington, before finding her love for teaching. Her highlight has been performing for Wayne Sleep in his version of Alice in Wonderland as the Caterpillar, at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Once Carrie found a passion for teaching, she never looked back, studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for her Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning. Over the years Carrie has taught for many companies including: Evolution Stars, Artefacts Edutainment, Education Group, Trap Media, MDD and 5 Feet Dance Company. She teaches Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Commercial, Street, Zumba, GCSE and Btec and loves every second she gets to spend with children inspiring them to dance.
Carrie is delighted to be back as part of the team at Innovation Dance and is looking forward to a long future here.