Associate Lecturer in Dance & Choreography

Emily Alden is a dancer and choreographer who works across dance and theatre, live and digital formats and communities. Originally from the Midlands, Emily trained in Contemporary Dance at Bretton Hall College of Arts in Yorkshire and is now based in Cornwall. 

Emily has worked extensively as a dancer in touring and site based productions with companies including WildWorks, Rosemary Lee, Cscape, Kneehigh & Simon Birch working under the direction of Emma Rice, Yael Flexer & Agnieszka Blonksa. Her dance films created with filmmaker Brett Harvey (Kneehigh, o-region, Lucasfilm) have been screened worldwide. In 2016 she was awarded Arts Council and British Council funding for an independent development project to work across the UK and mainland Europe with Theo ClinkardMaxine Doyle and train in the movement language Gaga. She is currently creating new interdisciplinary performance work In My Head exploring everyday sound and hearing loss.

Emily has been an Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University since 2010, a part-time member of staff on the Dance and Choreography course for two of those years from 2014 to 2016 with roles including module management, student supervision, assessment and extensive delivery of practical modules and contemporary technique classes across all year groups.

External Links

Emily Alden staff profile

Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2012 PGCHE Falmouth University
2001 BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance Bretton Hall College of Arts

Honors and awards

Year Description

Associate Artist, Hall for Cornwall

Membership of external committees

People Dancing

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Training the Technical, Imaginative & Expressive Dancer
Multidisciplinary Collaboration
Dance for Camera
Movement Direction for Film & Theatre
Dance Photography


Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

Externally funded research grants information

Collaborators Currency Funder HESA Category Project title Value Year ending Year starting
Arts Council England In My Head - Creation of new work 2019 2019
Arts Council England (DYCP) Research - New Collaboration 2019 2018
Arts Council England Artistic Immersion & Skills Development Project 2017 2017
British Council Artistic Immersion & Skills Development Project 2017 2017



Successful Project Grant from Arts Council England to create new performance work 'In My Head' for touring in 2020/21, supported by Hall for Cornwall, Kneehigh Theatre and AMATA (Falmouth University).



Curator of Hall for Cornwall Master Workshop #12 Programme 2019 with local, national and international artists delivering technical and devising workshops as CPD. For professional, undergraduate and experienced dancers, practitioners and choreographers.



(DYCP) Arts Council England. Research and Development into multidisciplinary performance work exploring everyday sound and hearing loss with sound designer.



Immersive Imaginations Workshop Series. An evolving series of workshops, classes & intensives led by Emily as part of her physical research as dancer & choreographer. A way to develop thinking, creative, expressive & technically driven dancers. A testing ground for Emily’s choreographic ideas exploring the interplay between set & improvised movement structures, working physically with quality & sensation, incorporating writing techniques.



Co-producer of the Freefall Summer Intensive, annually from 2010 - 2016. Established the partnership relationship between Freefall and Falmouth University.



Established and ran the Freefall FUEL summer project (2013/14) working with young dancers from across Cornwall at AMATA as part of the University's outreach programme of activities.



Lead artist establishing a dance and art platform On The Wire (2012/13). Bringing together a film screening of international dance for camera works in conjunction with Cornwall Film Festival, a live platform of dance work and exhibition of art work and photography including commissioning Steve Tanner to create the photo series The Smoke House, supported by FEAST.


Areas of teaching

  • Bodywork
  • Choreography
  • Contemporary Techniques
  • Devising
  • Performing Skills

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography

CPD delivered

Immersive imaginationsworkshop series for dancers, choreographers and practitioners. 
On-going physical and choreographic research.

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Engagement with organisations which contribute to the development of educational, cultural or socio-economic policies in Cornwall

Hall for Cornwall (Associate Artist & Curator of the Master Workshop #12 Programme)
FEAST Cornwall

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

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