“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
The Cornell School of Dance was founded in 2007 by Emily Cornell-Brown.
It all started when we ran a workshop one Saturday back in April 2007, from this, we enrolled our first ever students, and the school started to slowly grow. Before we knew it, we had moved from one class in one church hall, to 15 classes across three churches.
With the school continuing to grow over the years, we made the leap to lease our own studio in 2013, making our dreams come true.
Some major renovations were undertaken, and in September 2014, we opened Studio Sixteen – the new home of the Cornell School of Dance.
We now teach over 200 children from all of North Leeds, including students from Horsforth, Adel, Cookridge, Ireland Wood, Headingley, Holt Park and West Park.
We love to teach children the magic of dance.
Emily started dancing locally in Leeds from the age of two and went on to train professionally in ballet, tap, street, jazz, musical theatre and commercial at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks.
Dance has always been a part of Emily’s life, and she has danced all around the world on P&O Cruises, a variety of Cabaret acts, and performed with the stars in Pantomines.
Emily has had an ongoing professional career in dance and performance and for the last 9 years has imparted her knowledge and experiences with her own unique style on to the dancers of the future.
Emily is a qualified Ballet Associate of the IDTA, and recently completed a Inspire – Master of Ballet course at the Royal Ballet in London, as part of the Royal Academy of Dance development programme.
Barbara, or ‘Mum’ as Emily know her, is in Emily’s term ‘the person who runs the show.’
Barbara is the person to see to sort fees, purchase the school uniform, if there’s any lost property, or any other general dance question – Barbara was a ‘Dance Mum’ to her two girls, so what ever question you have, chances are, she will know the answer!
This video was from our Summer Stars 2010, where the entire Summer Stars cast learnt Imagine in sign language, as first seen on Glee. As well as looking amazing, what was truly stunning was that our Summer Stars learnt this in four days…as well as five other dances!
Summer Stars takes place every year in August, where we run a week long dance camp, with a finale showcase on stage in front of all the parents. We choose a different theme each year, with previous themes including the likes of ‘Rock!’, ‘Hollywood’, ‘Carnival’ and ‘Pop!’.