Emily Twitchett PhD, BSc (Hons) GSR, RAD RTS, AISTD
Emily is a fully qualified dance teacher, trained and registered with the ISTD and RAD. She has taught children, students and adults, and entered dancers for examinations and festivals in various successful dance schools across the UK. She was also head of dance at Appel Farm Summer Arts camp in the USA. After attending London Contemporary Dance School, Emily studied for a BSc in Sport Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention graduating with first class honours, before embarking on a PhD in Dance Science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. More recently, she completed a PGCE and taught science at a secondary school before starting her own dance school in Warwick. Her most recent qualification enabled Dr Twitchett to begin coaching CrossFit both in classes and personal training sessions.
During her PhD, Emily worked with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and Ballet Central. She designed the first scientifically approved fitness test to use ballet movements, and measured the daily physical workload of professionals. Her published work includes investigating the effects of various fitness parameters on ballet performance, and other research interests include improving the health and wellbeing of young dancers in vocational training, and professional dancers. She was a founding member of the IADMS student committee and has co-chaired the committee. Emily has presented award-winning research at conferences across the world, and reviews material for the IADMS bulletin for teachers and the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.
Dr Twitchett has given lectures on safe and effective dance practice for the British Ballet Organisation and British Theatre Dance Association, and is registered as a practical teaching mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance certificate in ballet teaching studies, supporting student teachers in their final stages of qualification.
Emily is passionate about improving physical and psychological wellbeing in vocational training of dancers.