Emma Cronk AISTD

Principal of RAPA Dance

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Hi, my name is Emma & I am principal of 'RAPA Dance', part of the 'Ratton Academy of Performing Arts' in Eastbourne. Since the age of 3 I have loved all aspects of dancing. On leaving school I went on to attend the prestigious 'Laine Theatre Arts' in Epsom where I trained for three years with some amazing & truly inspirational teachers. I gained my Associate in Tap & a Musical Theatre Diploma.


Performing is my biggest passion & I had a long career working with various pantomime companies as both dancer, assistant & under study. I then auditioned for a job that I fell in love with, Irish dancing! 'Spirit of the Dance' took me around the world performing in their many shows. Irish, Salsa, Jazz, Tap, Christmas Rockette style show & a Broadway Medley as both singer and dancer, where among some of the shows performed by 'Spirit' in Europe, Asia, the UK & USA. Some of my favourite moments were working with Jimmy Osmond in Branson, Missouri & touring with Michael Jackson & friends. 


Having decided to finally hang up my dancing shoes, I chose to further my education in dance & started to teach. As a full member of the ISTD I continue to further my knowledge and passion for training young dancers whilst attending regular workshops and training within the Imperial, giving me the tools to inspire and stay current for today's dancers. 

'Discover your Talent' 


Watch my performance with 'Spirit of the Dance' in 1999 with 'Michael Jackson & Friends' 



Meet the RAPA Teachers

Miss. Nicola

Nicola trained at 'The Brighton Academy' & teaches our younger members of RAPA Dance and is fully qualified in Modern and Tap within the ISTD syllabus. The children feel at ease with her and both children & parents  love her classes

Miss. Claire

Teaches Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop at RAPA. Qualified in both ISTD,IDTA & ID Dance, Claire always brings energy, fun and enthusiasm to all her classes and has been a much loved member of the faculty for 6 years.

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Miss. Ellie

Ellie gained a place to train at a professional Drama School in London, where she achieved a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre.

Alongside performing, she loves teaching, and has previously worked at Stagecoaches, and specialist dance schools. Ellie teaches Jazz and Body Conditioning classes at RAPA.

Miss. Claire

Claire studied Gymnastics and dance at College and competed as a Gymnast for 12 years. Taking part in Sport Acro, Tumbling and Team Gym.

Claire has a Level 2 Qualification in Acrobatic Gymnastics and is an inspiring teacher to her students. 



Mr Keil, as the children know him, is a teacher at Ratton School and has studied Contemporary and Hip Hip for many years, working alongside renowned B Boy and B Girls in Competitions and touring work with Contemporary Choreographers such as Tom Dale and Arthur Pita. Keil has also fronted many adverts for Flashmobs.