Emily is a dancer & choreographer who works across dance & theatre, live & digital formats & communities. Originally from the Midlands Emily trained in Contemporary Dance at Bretton Hall College of Arts in Yorkshire & is now based in Cornwall.
She has worked extensively as a dancer in touring and site based productions with companies including WildWorks, Cscape, Kneehigh, Freefall & Simon Birch working under the direction of Emma Rice, Yael Flexer, Rosemary Lee & Agnieszka Blonksa. Emily is a dancer with Simon Birch Dance Company.
Her choreographic work is developed closely with her dancers, collaborators & the communities she works with. Her dance for camera work with film collaborator Brett Harvey (Kneehigh, o-region, Lucasfilm) has been screened worldwide. Her photography is an on-going collection for work & play, documenting & capturing people, place & nature.
Emily is a Hall for Cornwall Associate Artist , Co-founder of Freefall Dance & Lecturer of Dance at Falmouth University.
Banner photo: Steve Tanner
At the End of the Line
Passage for Par
In May 2018 Emily performed as part of Passage for Par, a site-specific performance on Par Beach for 30 women choreographed by Rosemary Lee. An international cast of various ages & backgrounds worked together to bring the extraordinary work to life.
In July 2018 Emily worked as choreographer & performed as part of the main cast of 100: UnEarth by Wildworks, a large-scale outdoor production set within The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall.
The show was a love story about war, love, loss & hope and featured a professional cast, large community cast, veterans, live music, art installation, & choir.
ASSOCIATE LECTURER OF DANCE
Emily is a teacher of contemporary techniques and devising approaches on the Dance & Choreography course. Emily works across all year groups, is regularly involved in assessments & has managed modules including a final year independent practice module with students travelling internationally.
Emily has worked at the University for over 7 years, 2 of those as a part-time lecturer.
Falmouth University Dance & Choreography
Freefall Dance was established in 2012 by independent dancers Emily Alden & Grace Sellwood. Freefall has built a participation programme of weekly classes, masterclasses & an annual Summer Intensive with visiting artists including Victoria Fox, Ben Wright, Yael Flexer & James Finnemore.
Emily wanted to re-frame how contemporary dance classes were delivered to community groups, subsequently establishing a thriving weekly Open Level class, the catalyst for Freefall to grow over the next 7 years with Emily & Grace driving the company and its activity.