Emily facilitates dance sessions for people with neurological disorders and brain injury, which focus on musicality and creative methods of communication.
From 2015 to 2019 she was resident Dance Artist at Stones End, an Age UK Day Centre, where she facilitated weekly sessions for adults with a variety of neurological conditions. The complex mental coordination that dance requires activates several brain regions, which has been known to improve memory.
Emily has worked for Stroke Odysseys, a music and dance programme designed to reduce anxiety and depression in people who are living with the effects of having a stroke. The project is delivered in community settings with outpatients, and in hospitals with inpatients on stroke rehabilitation wards.
As music and dance simultaneously combines physical and cognitive stimulation, it can have a positive effect on neuroplasticity, which is the brains ability to create new neural pathways.
Between 2015 and 2017 she worked for Rambert offering dance to people with dementia. Family members and carers also participated in the sessions, which helped them to meet and build friendships with others in their situation.
Hands image by Angelo Cordeschi