14.06.2022 Theatre Bugs – Singin’ in the Rain


There is no denying that the renowned success of THE STUDIO is all down to the people….not only our students and their families but a great team who work to carry forward the values that are most important for our school: excellent teaching, an environment of positivity and encouragement, plenty of confidence, fun and friendship and most of all, inspiring a love for what you do.

As principal and founder, Miss Emilie oversees general STUDIO life, including all planning and development for the school, her direct teaching role is for the study of the ISTD and LAMDA training and syllabi, and she is wonderfully supported by her passionate, home grown team who help to deliver a wide range of fun short courses.

Miss Emilie Hardy L.I.S.T.D

Miss Emilie is currently completing her Fellowship which is the highest qualification available with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, requiring exceptional creativity, breadth and depth of knowledge, and a very high standard of teaching.

Following her professional training and graduation from Doreen Bird College in London, Miss Emilie went on to work professionally for two major Corporations in America: Disney and Royal Caribbean

Unfortunately, injury brought her home to Dorchester rather unexpectedly, so she took the recovery time to further her teaching qualifications with the ISTD. One open door lead to another, and she quickly found herself gathering a variety of experience at schools and theatre organisations. Her career highlights include working alongside the Imperial Societies’ creative teams, lecturer for the Star Tap Awards in London, choreographer for Judy Murray’s Tennis for girls’ campaign, and a very prestigious role with the tap faculty at Bird College in London, teaching performing arts students professionally for the industry. As her own family started to grow, Miss Emilie made the difficult but transforming decision to break away from her freelance work and create her own school closer to home, and in 2009 she founded THE STUDIO.

About Miss Emilie

Professional Training

Bird College – London


Diploma in Professional Dance & Theatre Performance (Distinction) Bird College

ISTD Associate (Distinction) Bird College

ISTD Foundation in Dance Instruction (Distinction)

ISTD Certificate in Dance Education (Distinction)

ISTD Licentiate (Level 5) London ISTD HQ

Professional Performing

Dance Captain Royal Caribbean Cruises

Principal Vocalist for Disney

Feature Artist for “The Make a Wish Foundation”

Backing Vocalist for “The RW Mighty Soul Band” created from the ITV Pop Idol series

Professional Choreographic Work

Tap feature for variety show held at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden

Opener for Disney Cruise Lines Crew Show

“A Cheeky Night Out” featuring The Cheeky Girls – Weymouth Pavilion

“A Night at The Musicals” – The Portland Spa

Choreography and motion capture direction for “The Miss Hits” tennis animation project headed by Judy Murray


ISTD Gold Tap Syllabus

Teaching Experience

Tap Tutor Bird College London working with Degree and Diploma Performing Arts students

Guest lecturer for Star Tap Awards – London

Guest teacher for Bird Summer Experience

Appointed coach for the ISTD standardisation for the new Grade 5 syllabus studied and examined world wide

Early Teaching Positions

Bryanston School

Weymouth Dance Studio

Stage Door College – Bournemouth

Dorchester Ballet and Dance Club

Sunninghill Preparatory School

Dorchester Preparatory School

Weymouth Operatic Workshop – WOW

Sunny Days Nurseries – Dorchester, Bridport & Weymouth

STUDIO Manager

TRIX Coach and Early Years Professional

Universal Dance Teacher