Emily Alden




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 Lecturer of Dance at Falmouth University, an Associate Artist at Hall for Cornwall (HFC) & Co-founder of Freefall Dance

She is currently curating the HFC Master Workshop Programme 2019 #12 with Cornwall based, national and internationally working artists and teachers leading a workshop each month of this year.

Artistic Statement


Banner photo: Steve Tanner
At the End of the Line


Teaching & performance

Falmouth University - Dancer, Senior Lecturer Kuldip Singh-Barmi Photo: Daniela Buda

Falmouth University - Dancer, Senior Lecturer Kuldip Singh-Barmi
Photo: Daniela Buda


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 since 2010, 2 of those as a part-time lecturer.

Falmouth University Dance & Choreography website
Staff Profile

Freefall Dance Summer Intensive 2016 Photo: John Freddy Jones

Freefall Dance Summer Intensive 2016
Photo: John Freddy Jones


Freefall Dance was established in 2010 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.

Freefall website

Photo: Steve Tanner @ CAST

Photo: Steve Tanner @ CAST

Rosemary Lee
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.

Passage for Par was commissioned by CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust) &  Dance Republic 2 for Groundwork

Photo: Steve Tanner

Photo: Steve Tanner

100: Unearth

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.

100: UnEarth was co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW & Heligan Gardens.