co-events Director + Advanced jazz Teacher
My Advanced Jazz class will be an inclusive and open space for dancers to learn and grow in the style of jazz. The goal of the class will be to provide dancers with challenging, yet fun, experiences for them to improve upon their skills. Every class will be a new experience for everyone to improve their jazz skills. An extensive history in jazz will be helpful when taking the class.
Name/Nickname: Emma Bannerman
Year and Program: Fourth-year Con-Ed, Health Studies major
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
What does dance mean to you? Dance means so much more than what I can put into words. Not only has it provided me with a healthy creative outlet, it has taught me lessons about commitment, hard-work, dedication, teamwork, and friendship. I cherish the amazing people I have met along the way. From my studio back home all the way to Queen’s, I have met so many incredible people that I am so proud to call my best friends. Dance has given me so much and I am so thankful for it.
Favorite YouTube channel: @elleofthemills. Watch her. You won’t regret it.
Theme song to your life: Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield.
Most memorable dance experience: One time in ballet class, we were doing a pirouette exercise in the center. After my group went, my teacher asked me to do it alone because there was something I needed to correct. When I went to try the pirouette again, my nose started bleeding and blood went everywhere. It made it kind of hard to focus on the correction!!
I began dancing at the age of 3 at Linda Jamieson School of Dance. I began to compete when I was 7 and kept competing until graduation at age 17. I mostly competed at American Dance Awards, where I was lucky enough to place third runner-up, second runner-up, and first runner-up at multiple regional competitions. Throughout my dance years, I participated in my studio’s annual production of the Nutcracker where I got to perform roles such as Clara, Sugar Plum Fairy, and in my graduating year, I partnered with a professional dancer to perform the role of Snow Queen. I was also trained extensively in ballet, completing all Royal Academy of Dance exams from Pre-Primary all the way up to my Solo Seal Examination. Here at Queen’s, I’ve taught Intermediate ballet (second year), advanced lyrical (third year), and this year I am lucky enough to be teaching advanced jazz.