Emily Goodwin is living the dream.
Ever since she was a little girl, designing costumes and choreographing routines at home, she's wanted to teach dance.
And now, as the principal and founder of dance HQ, she's getting that chance.
The 27-year-old is a talented dancer who's been immersed in the art since the age of eight.
She started out at Colour City Dance Works under the guidance of former Principal Jacquie Hoole before going on to live and breathe the art as a full-time student at the Ev and Bow private dance school in Sydney.
She's danced alongside and for renowned choreographers including Sarah Boulter, Steven Tannos, Marko Panzic and Debbie Ellis and is now bringing all of that experience to the dance scene in Orange.
Ms Goodwin says she's idolised all of those dance figures, as well as "all of her teachers" over the years, and opening a dance studio to pass on the knowledge and experience she's benefited from was the easiest way for her to "share my passion for dance".
... the friendships and connections you make with the kids and the families is by far the best thingEmily Goodwin
And as a qualified physical education teacher, too, Ms Goodwin says it makes sense to combine both worlds.
"It was always my dream," she said, dance HQ opening in 2015.
"It's always what I wanted to do. I just want to share my passion for dance, with anyone really."
Anyone includes two-year-olds through to adults, with classes for all ages run out of Ms Goodwin's studio.
She says people get involved in dance for a variety of reasons, but the social aspect is one of the biggest drivers for a lot of new dancers to her studio.
"And a lot of people join to get fit, to push themselves and often to try something new," Ms Goodwin added, offering up jazz as her favourite style of dance because "it's fun, upbeat and different one day to the next".
"And the friendships and connections you make with the kids and the families is by far the best thing.
"When you have a child that started and you see where they end up, it's very satisfying to see that progression.
"And watching all the older girls and boys dancing when I was younger, all you want to be is just like them ... so I hope I can do the same for the kids we at school too."
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