Emily Cooper

Emily Cooper

Emily Cooper has been a professional dancer and dance teacher for over 13 years. She blends a unique variety of movement styles including West African, Contemporary, Bollywood and Yoga.

Emily has a degree in Contemporary Dance from Western Sydney University, has studied dance extensively in New York and Africa, and is a qualified Non-Linear Movement Instructor. With an early foundation in classical Ballet, Emily has also completed teacher trainings in Masala Bhangara, Tribal Belly Dance and Hatha Yoga. Emily has performed and toured in numerous cross-cultural works, as well as directing productions for theatres and festivals.

In her local local Blue Mountains community, Emily is known for her joyful, nourishing community classes and performances, involving a diverse range of ages and abilities. She has also worked in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Bali, Japan and Singapore.

John May

John May

John May has been a professional musician and teacher for over 20 years.

He has a Bachelor of Education, majoring in Mathematics and Theology. John studied percussion and dance in Guinea, West Africa, and has also trained in transpersonal psychology and Sound Healing.

John has performed and toured in a number of cross-cultural collaborative works, both as a musician and as a storyteller. John was an early pioneer of corporate drumming workshops, and has developed a unique and meaningful way of combining his interest in the human experience with rhythm and connection.

A warm, funny and insightful teacher, John’s drum workshops are like no others. Well known and loved in his local Blue Mountains community, John has also worked in Adelaide, Perth, Bali, Singapore and New Zealand.

Our Community

We’re passionate about creating inclusive, expressive community spaces, where every body is embraced – regardless of age, shape, ability or otherwise. We love our work and take great joy in holding regular classes, workshops and events.

What people are saying…

While drumming and dancing with John and Emily, I have gained friendships, experienced a strong sense of community and felt a togetherness that I’ve not experienced elsewhere. John and Emily display passion that extends well beyond teaching a rhythm or movement. Hands Heart & Feet support each person to achieve their own goals in a safe, caring, enjoyable (and sometimes hilariously daggy) way. I feel honoured to have been a part of this for the past twelve years.
Mitch Grimston

Class participant

Yogadance under the trees with Emily is such a lovely way to kick start my week. Emily’s unique style of teaching, is both empowering and softening as she takes us through moves to improve flexibility, strength and balance. She also shares some wonderful techniques to assist with breathing and stress. It is a sheer joy and I just love this class.

Miriam Philomena

Class participant

I’ve been doing Hands, Heart and Feet dance and drum classes for over 10 years. It has become such an important part of my life, not only as a way to keep fit, but to learn about rich cultural practices and to engage with the wonderful Blue Mountains community. Emily and John bring something to our community that is joyful, inclusive and incredibly unique.
Michelle Barlow

Class participant

Photography Credit:

We want to acknowledge the amazing photographers who have generously allowed us to include their images on this site. The beauty and atmosphere of a Hands Heart & Feet event is transitory, but these images capture and preserve that forever. For their stunning artistry and sensitivity, we want to thank:

David Brazil Photography
Brigitte Grant Photography
Lona Logan: Intertia Photography
Micaela Osfield
David Mapletoft

Website by Cristie Fuller

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm. Everything dances.” 

Maya Angelou

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