My name is Emilie Helbig, I’m 25 years old and from Adelaide, South Australia. My Irish ancestry originates from Newry, County Down where my great grandparents Patrick and Bridget Larkin resided. My family has always held our Irish heritage in high regard, in particular our love of Irish dance.
My grandmother participated in the Irish dancing community in Adelaide, passing on her love to her daughters who then opened up their own studio, ‘The Newry Studio of Irish dancing’, named after the town from which our family originated. Their love was passed onto me and for the last 21 years I have revelled in everything Irish dance all over Australia and the world, and have recently moved my passion into the art of teaching.
I am also very passionate about social justice issues and the importance of having strong and powerful women in our community to help others raise up to the challenges that life gives us. I have found that my contribution to this is through education, as I find so much joy in the benefits that it can bring to those who receive it, and I hope to one day change the world in my own way through dance and school education.