All About Our Performing Arts School
Learn and teach with love
'The Wizard of Oz'? Yes, Yes that is indeed where the school derived it's name from. Back in 2014 a dreamy eyed Katherine began ECSD in her living room in Emerald, wishing and hoping to create a place of magic and wonder much like the well known Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz. After successfully building and running her school on her own for 6 years she decided instead to create a community of teachers who all worked under the same roof but operated their classes independently, This is where Shane Marshall (who had already been working for the school) and Bethany Adams joined ECSD's Community of teachers as independents. This is a very exciting transition for the school, one that will be a beautiful collaborative effort. We also have Dzintra Boyd and Tarquinn O'Toole who are not independent but who are invaluable teachers for the school. And with their own pazazz and energy are already fostering a love of dance and theatre in the children.
Prior to 2019, ECSD had only put on 'End of year Dance Concerts' or 'Variety shows' - which is essentially a variety of leaned routines, from ballet and tap numbers to singing solos with bands onstage. But in 2019, we tried out our first original 'Musical' as it were, and what do you know? It actually worked! It's success inspired Katherine to keep on this merry musical path. However putting on a Musical is ALOT of hard work and organising - hence - more teachers would be needed - hence the community of teachers approach. And so here we find ourselves today.
Katherine grew up in the world of Eistedfods, concerts, plays and musicals, and continued on in this field as an adult. She knows what it is to be part of a show, the rehearsals, the costumes, the sets, the cast, creatives and crew - all the good and the bad that comes with showtime. She would like to share this wealth of experience with the little ones now and set them up with a solid foundation from which to spring fourth.
Katherine loves choreography, and helping students reach their potential - through perfecting technique and helping release emotional expression through movement. The world of dance is not always a kind one, but Katherine insists that her school will be one of loving kindness, with the aim of helping each individual gain confidence and joy through movement.
After many years of dance, Katherine has realised that dance is not simply about learning steps and showing people certificates, it is about discovering yourself and your potential as a human being; challenging yourself (kindly); and using your body to help work through emotions, instead of storing them in the body. It's also about feeling proud of yourself, feeling special, and feeling grateful for being able to use your body in a way that makes not only yourself happy, but others too.
Katherine is very excited about the future of Emerald City and looks forward to watching the students grow and unfold.
Our spacious studio is equipped with mirrors and a ballet barre!