We are so pleased to welcome Emili Åström to Dance Base Scotland in the new role of Head of Dance for Health and Wellbeing. Emili is an experienced arts and dance administrator and project manager. She has recently been working closely with organisations and artists across the Scottish dance sector in her role as Dance Officer at Creative Scotland, supporting both the Dance team and Creative Learning team in their development work.
Emili's previous roles span a range of work in participatory dance practices, including at the hospital charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust delivering a range of performing arts projects, and more recently as Learning and Participation Manager at Rambert School. She also worked with the Dance for PD® programme at Mark Morris Dance Centre in New York and has taught and facilitated a range of participatory dance projects for all ages as Animateur for Rambert Dance Company. In addition, Emili was freelance Producer for dance artist and teacher Kerry Nicholls, developing and delivering professional development programmes for dance artists. Emili originally trained in dance at Rambert School and this practical background continues to inform her work.
‘I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Dance Base team as Head of Dance for Health and Wellbeing. I am particularly excited to be supporting the organisation at this time, when we’re thinking anew about the fundamental role the arts hold in our society and for our individual health and wellbeing. It will be a real privilege to work with the team and Dance Base’s communities to build on existing activity, and to nurture and deepen the potential of this work. Dance Base holds such a vital position for the dance sector and I’m thrilled to be able to bring my previous experience to contribute to supporting, developing and strengthening dance practices across Scotland.’ – Emili Åström
Dance Base Chief Executive Jim Hollington welcomed her appointment:
‘Dance can contribute to people's health and wellbeing in so many ways, not just supporting physical wellbeing but also bringing communities together for non-competitive shared activity.
‘We know that as we emerge from the pandemic this will be more important than ever, and that's why we are investing in the role of Head of Dance for Health and Wellbeing.
'Emili Åström brings experience as a dance artist, of developing dance in community projects and of working with dance in healthcare settings, alongside her most recent experience as Dance Officer at Creative Scotland. This feels a near-ideal combination to help develop the partnerships between dance, community and public health that will allow many more people across Scotland to dance and live well.'
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