Kirsty Emslie 2002 - 2013
Professional Dancer on P&O Cruises
I attended Dance Pointe Academy as long as I can remember, from the age of three until I was seventeen I went to so many different styles of classes every single day of the week and I can easily say I absolutely loved all of them every time I went. When I decided I wanted to take my dancing further I got so much support from all the amazing teachers that work there. At the young age of 12 Julie helped me gain confidence and encouraged me to attend monthly ballet classes at Ballet West Associates in Edinburgh which I stayed there for several years and also the Royal Conservatoire Of Scotlands summer schools too.
When I turned 17 I auditioned for Scottish Ballets Senior Associates weekly classes in Glasgow after Julie encouraging me to audition, to which I was successful I could not have done this without the amazing classes DPA were already providing me with at the same time. I then began auditioning for Theatre Schools around the UK being succesful in a few auditions I decided to attend Dance For All Theatre School in Edinburgh. I went straight into second year due to DPA training me to a high enough exam standard.
After attending Dance For All for two years I managed to gain my ISTD Advanced 2 in Tap and Modern and also RAD Advanced 2 Ballet, plus my DDE Modern and Tap Teaching Qualifications and my HND in Professional Stage Dance. Again, I could not have managed this without Dance Pointe Academy and all the support of the teachers and especially Julie who was and still is cheering me on from the Sidelines!!
Since Graduating in 2015 I had been auditioning and working around Scotland in small Corporate events in a Dance Troupe called Twisted Perfection. I was then Successful in an audition for P&O's Headliners Theatre Company which is across most P&O cruise ships. I am now on my third back to back contract sailing all around the world after being lucky enough to do two contracts on the Oceana and now I am on the Arcadia. I absolutely love my job and cannot thank Julie and Dance Pointe Academy enough for everything they have done for me over the past 18 years... I cannot put it into words!!
I still look forward to going in and visitng all the young students there now and seeing what they are up to and how much they have improved each time I am back. I made so many happy memories and friendships growing up here I wouldn't change it for the world!!
Image Opposite: Kirsty performing in Time To Shine 2012