The Team


Sally Carlson

Company Director


Born in Risca in the Gwent Valleys, Sally started dancing at

the age of five and as a teenager was a member of

Jumpers Youth Dance Company. She studied dance at the

Laban Centre For Movement & Dance and theatre design

at Central St Martins School of Art both in London. She was

based in Berlin for five years where she worked as a theatre

designer/ artist before returning to Wales to set up and run Carlson Dance Company with Co-Artistic Director Emma Carlson before the sisters set up Dance Blast in 1998 in partnership with the Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. Sally has worked in the arts for over twenty five years and has wide experience across many disciplines. In 2011 she completed an  MA in Arts Management at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has two children.


Emily Pritchard

Dance Co-ordinator


Emily started dancing at the age of four at Geraldine

Harris’ School of Dance, in her home town of

Abergavenny. Emily trained at the school in classical

ballet and tap, taking several IDTA examinations and

working as a teaching assistant with the younger pupils.

Emily joined Monmouthshire Youth Dance Company

with Emma Carlson in 2007 and has been with the company

ever since. Emily has completed workshops and intensives

with companies including Earthfall, National Dance Company Wales, National English Ballet, National Youth Dance Wales and was a member of the Beyond Repair Dance Associate Company. She graduated from University of Wales Institute Cardiff with a First Class BA (Hons) Dance degree in 2011. Emily has also worked as a dance teaching assistant for Rhondda Cynon Taff Community Arts and enjoys working with and teaching classes to a wide range of ages.

Hayley Feehan Dance Tutor  


Hayly started dancing at the age of five learning tap, jazz and modern in Dot & Margaret Watts stage school and progressed onto Catherines School of Dance  in Cardiff.  Hayley studied Ba (Hons) Degree in Dance at UWIC focusing on contemporary dance and choreography. Hayley  won the Dilys Price award for most improved student in dance.Hayley stareted teaching dance while at university, teaching street, jazz and tap classes in Cardiff  these classes are still running at present. Since leaving university Hayley has beena  freelance tutor working with a variety of community and educational organisations  working with many different age groups and abilities. Teaching

has always been a pasion of Hayley's, seeing

participants enjoy themselves while engaging,

developing and improving their dance and

performance skills.

Emma Carlson 

Emma was co-founder of Dance Blast and

Artistic Director of Monmouthshire Youth

Dance Company from its inception  in

September 2007 until March 2017.