ELEANOR COCHRANE LPTD APTD
Eleanor started dancing at the age of 4 years with the highly respected teacher Jennifer Bullick. She continued her training with Miss Bullick taking all childrens examinations at Honours standard and then completing her Vocational Examinations to Elementary level of the Royal Academy of Dancing. During her time with Miss Bullick ,Eleanor was an assistant teacher ,teaching both children and older students.Eleanor then began lessons on a higher level with Miss Maxine Graham taking the Intermediate examination with the Royal Academy of Dancing.
After this time she continued her training in Leeds with Miss Dorothy Stevenson FRAD (Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dancing) taking the remainder of her Major Examinations and Teaching qualifications.She also diversified and took examinations with other societies in Tap, National and Modern.During her training Eleanor has been taught by Wayne Sleep, the late Alan Hooper, Frank Freeman and Gill Anthony
Eleanor has danced in many professional productions, Joesph , Rock Nativity,Grease, My Fair Lady and Zorba the Greek to name but a few.She has performed in commercials and choreographed for many amateur dramatic societies.
Along with Eleanor's original teacher Miss Bullick, the two set up a school together in Downpatrick and after a few years Miss Bullick retired from the school to let Eleanor fly solo.
The school grew from strength to strength.
Students have gone on to full time dance training , have danced on cruise ships, in dance troops such as the Brian Rogers Dancers,choreographed in New York and Paris while others have taken the same route as their teacher and become full time dance teachers.
CONTINUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
With changing demands on older students Eleanor decided to retrain in another societies work . She was welcomed warmly by the Professional Teachers of Dancing and with training from Mrs Janet Baker completed examinations to Licentiate level and then to Examiner level. With her wide knowledge of dance Eleanor was appointed Subject Specialist for Classical Ballet and Musical Theatre to the PTD.
Eleanor is a member of the PTD's management team. As part of her remit Eleanor trains student teachers from all over Ireland in the PTD syllabi and prepares these students for full Associate membership to the PTD which is only gained through examination of theory and practical study. She also writes and develops new examination work.
Parents can feel assured that their children are being taught by a teacher who is not only highly trained but has 27 years of knowledge and experience not only in dance but in professional musical theatre.
Eleanor is delighted to have been voted the new President of the Professional Teachers of Dancing.
EMMA COCHRANE APTD , LTPD, BSc (Hons) Principal
Emma also began her training with Miss Jennifer Bullick. She loved the classes and excelled very quickly being chosen at the age of 5years from hundreds of little girls to dance in the Grand Opera House in Belfast .This was at the 75th Anniversary Gala Performance of the Royal Academy of Dancing in the presence of Madame Irina Baronova to whom she presented the bouquet of flowers.
With her love of dance Emma continued her training taking examinations in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Musical Theatre through the Royal Academy of Dancing, Imperial Society of Dancing and British Theatre .During this time Emma had the opportunity of dancing in the Point Theatre Dublin with Boyzone.
Emma then attended classes with her mother and continued her training through the Professional Teachers of Dance completing all childrens grades with Honours. She continued studying, passing Intermediate Foundation , Intermediate and Advanced Foundation all with Honours.Her most recent success' include passing both her Student Teaching and Associate Teaching Examinations with Honours .Emma was then offered a teaching position in France.Emma is now a fully qualified examiner for the Professional Teachers of Dancing and already has been to Portugal, Brussels and throughout England as part of her new post..
Emma was chosen through examination on both occassions that the PTD held Gala Performances in London to perform both solo and group dances.
Emma delivers the dance component of the Performing Arts GCSE to pupils from Rathfriland High, Newbridge Integrated, and St. Patricks College. Emma is also a fully qualified Acrobatic Arts Teacher.
Although still young and only in her twenties Emma has a wealth of knowledge and experience that surpasses her youthfulness ! She is a marvellous asset to the school and much loved by pupils and staff alike.
Emma has recently trained and qualified as an Examiner for the Professional Teachers of Dancing.