Emily is originally from the Midlands and began her training in Contemporary Dance graduating with a BA (Hons) from Bretton Hall University, Yorkshire in 2001. Emily has toured nationally and internationally with dance and theatre companies and works as a dance artist across Cornwall and the UK.
Productions include Don John by Kneehigh in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company which toured nationally including a residency at Battersea Arts Centre and internationally to the U.S.A for the Spoleto festival, South Carolina in 2009.
Emily has performed in Cscape productions for the past six years which have toured to hundreds of venues across the UK and includes work by Emma Rice, TC Howard and Fleur Darkin. She has also performed with Attik Dance in Tangled which toured nationally and delivered workshops and projects for the company.. Her work with Assault Events has spanned ten years, performing and delivering education work on touring productions and projects in the UK and Northern Ireland.
Other work includes: Education Worker, Freelance Dance Practitioner, Choreographer. Delivering workshops, technique training, residencies and youth projects.
Emily has worked on many site specific productions as a performer and co-choreographer including bars and clubs, beaches, gardens, buildings, mines and coasts with Motionhouse Dance Theatre, Gecko Physical Theatre, TaskForce, Cscape, Assault Events and even The Wildcats speed boat racing team...and ended up in one of the boats!
Emily is currently a performer and Associate Artist with Cscape Dance Company and creates independent work.
Collaboration with film, music, photography and dance is the main focus of her work, developing solo work with musician and performer Patrycja Kujawska (Vincent Dance, Kneehigh) for live performance, Brett Harvey (o-region) with film work Displacement which screened as part of the Cornwall Film Festival, Busho Film Festival, and toured Russia with Artkino Film Festival, and with Kevin Clifford, Devon based photographer.
Emily hopes to continue to perform and create new collaborative work, her newest venture is setting up Freefall Dance producing and running events and classes, and On The Wire - an annual dance and art event in Falmouth.
The brilliant Global Gardens Project at Trebah Gardens recently came to a end, but When The Shops Shut will be touring in Autumn featuring choreography by TC Howard, Sally Williams, Helen Tiplady and film work by Mark Jenkin.
Touring Productions include: Shall We Dance (2002), The Quest (2003), The Fairies Tale (2006), Liaison (2008), Alibi (2008). Ongoing Education and residency work with the company - Assault Events are Company in Residence at Ulster University, Londonderry.
Cscape toured as performers in Kneehigh's production of Don John and is currently working at the incredible Asylum - please see the link for a peak at some films and what it's all about... www.youtube.com/user/WeAreKneehigh#p/a/u/2/701XiELY17s
Ongoing work with Kevin Clifford as a dancer includes a fashion shoot for Devon Today magazine. DanceScapes, a collection of images commissioned by DSW and independent film and photography collaborations for live performance.
This site is a place, a hub, a way to collect information about projects and events that I'm currently performing in, creating and producing. Whether touring with dance and theatre companies, choreographing for live performances and film or leading classes and workshops, this site hopefully gives an insight into the varied scope and nature of work that I'm involved in as a performer and dance artist.
Freefall Dance was established in 2010 by dancers Emily Dobson and Grace Sellwood and delivers weekly contemporary classes from it’s base and home in Falmouth, Cornwall. Freefall Dance offers an opportunity for individuals to train and experience high quality contemporary classes, workshops and intensives delivered with a professional, but ultimately enjoyable approach. Weekly classes are team taught; the company’s technique fuelled by using weight, momentum and fluidity through a range of sequences that are as explosive and athletic as they are gentle and intricate. Grace and Emily also co-produce Freefall Dance Summer School (2011/12) bringing internationally working artists including Ben Wright (bgroup), Victoria Fox (Jasmine Vardimon), Annie Lok (Siobhan Davies) and James Finnemore (Hofesh Shechter) to Cornwall to deliver intensive classes in technique and creative dance practices. The summers school is ran in partnership with University College Falmouth and The Works.