The Big Shebang

About Emma

Emma has 22 years of professional experience as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, and is the creative project manager of Ascendance.


Emma has stepped into her new role as Ascendance creative project manager, devising partnerships with SENSE charity and Fly Girl Films, preparing projects for both Age Proud festival and International Day of People with Disabilities.


In May this year, Emma launched 'Dance Tribe', a high-impact, contemporary dance class for adults. Dance Tribe has been selected to perform in Leeds Dance Partnerships' open day.


Emma was recently selected by Northern Ballet to create an online film of her inclusive group 'Lifelines' for Expressions Dance Festival 2021. Emma has also been asked to lead an over-50's Martha to Madonna dance class at Northern Ballet.

Dance piece 'A Journey Through Time', made in 2019 will be reworked and performed with a new intergenerational cast for Kirkstall Heritage Festival at Kirkstall Forge.

Emma is currently managing an online project commissioned by Hull Dance, mentoring young artists from Hull and Yorkshire, devising and collaborating with Georgia Jakubiak through virtual workshops to engage families with 'Time of Our Lives' project which is funded by Arts Council England.

Since the pandemic Emma has become highly skilled in working with online provision, devising Youtube videos, teaching weekly online dance and yoga sessions, delivering creative workshops, one to one classes and large group activities.


Emma became an online guest artist for Hull Dance, speaking live about professional partnerships, community dance projects and the changes and adaptions made to her artist work—sharing about the pressures of juggling parenting and how she keeps her artistic work alive.

Emma's role as a professional performer was revisited whilst embarking on Ascendance's R&D professional dance workout, working with 360 film artists and other professional dancers.

She was selected for an online self-care programme run by Creative Well with integrative arts psychotherapist, Roshmi Lovatt—learning fresh approaches to sustaining her online delivery and looking after her own mental health and wellbeing.


Commemorating Hawksworth Memorial Community event with Swarthmore Centre celebrating International Women's Day with real war stories, live music and dance.



Emma connected with international partners Pina Bausch Foundation, Wuppertal, and PACT arts organisation in Essen, Germany whilst also delivering a degree student placement.


Emma was selected to collaborate with Gary Clarke on Coal at National Coal Mining Museum.



Emma was chosen for mentorship with One Dance UK with mentoring from Beth Cassani and Yorkshire Dance. This allowed Emma to trial the initial stages of Blood Memory, performing work at Yorkshire Dance and Kirstall Abbey, performing to families and reaching 5000+ people.


Further opportunities included working alongside Joss Arnott as part of his national tour and working with Gary Clarke to devise a project work shown to degree students about creative industries trajectory.


Commissions included Phoenix Dance Theatre residency, Doncaster University and FlashMob ‘Who R you Talking to?’, a 6-week project for Online Safeguarding with West Yorkshire Police which received press and online coverage.



Emma graduated from NSCD with a Bachelor of Arts Hons Dance Degree. She performed in the number 1 hit ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’, Seven Sisters (site-specific), for the Ascendance rep company working with Gary Clarke (site-specific) and with Gerry Turvey at Tate Gallery and Leeds City Gallery, to name but a few.


Emma has been developing her artistic practice through training in music, theatre, site specific and working with community family groups, with support of artists Rachel Wesson and Georgian Jakubiak.


A strong team of artists were selected by Emma to support her vision in Big Shebang & Counting Planes, including film artist Wayne Sables, Rehearsal Director Ascendance's Rachel Wesson, Mentor Susan Burns, Performers Bobak Walker and James Fogerty and musician Georgina Jakubiak. Rosie Watts from Spin Arts was commissioned to produce Blood Memory.

Emma and The Creative Team