Interested in the relationship between dance and early childhood development, Emily works with families and young children. She uses dance to support children’s physical and emotional growth, to enhance their communication skills, and to strengthen connections between adult and child.
She works with sophisticated themes that creatively stimulate both adult and child, and promotes kinaesthetic learning through dance.
Emily has led training at the Institute of Education teaching students how to incorporate dance into the primary school curriculum, using it to enhance pupils learning in English, Maths and Science. She also has an interest in delivering workshops centred around English language for families who are non native speakers.
In Summer 2018 she delivered a programme called Poetry in Motion for Watermans Arts Centre, teaching poetry through dance and movement.
Throughout 2016 and 2017 she worked for Active Families, a project set up by Dance Network Association to examine the social impacts of creative dance for children under the age of 5 with their families. Aiming to tackle social isolation and cultural segregation, research outcomes from the project showed that dance has the ability to transcend cultural, social and economic challenges that participants face, bringing them together to feel emotionally, physically and mentally connected.
Emily works closely with artist Louise Klarnett, specialist in early years dance work, who has influenced her practice in this area.
Photos by Rachel Cherry