Föreläsningar och seminarier Kulturella hjärnan föreläsning: Dance in Cancer Care
Talare: Emily Jenkins, a Churchill Fellow and Director-Founder of Move Dance Feel which is an award winning company for women living with and beyond cancer.
Host: Gunnar Bjursell, John Sennett
This talk focuses specifically on the role of Dance in Cancer Care, and reveals how dance helps to alleviate the wide ranging physical, mental, emotional and social health challenges associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment. The talk is delivered by Emily Jenkins, a Churchill Fellow and Director-Founder of Move Dance Feel which is an award winning company for women living with and beyond cancer.
The talk will refer to the evidence base surrounding Move Dance Feel's work, and to the larger body of research that highlights the value of dance, a holistic form of physical activity, for those affected by cancer. Insights will be shared as to the Move Dance Feel methodology, and the work of the international Dance in Cancer Care Network that Emily coordinates.
Emily designs, implements and artistically leads original dance projects. She has worked within dance for over fifteen years, and in that time has facilitated countless dance experiences and created many opportunities for dance engagement - establishing herself as a creative entrepreneur. Her practice is centred around release, reciprocity and joy.
In 2016 Emily founded Move Dance Feel, a company offering dance to women living with and beyond cancer, and works closely with cancer support organisations to incorporate dance into their care programmes. As part of this work she is spearheading an international #danceincancercare movement, creating a network of artists, researchers, healthcare professionals and students operating in this space.
Emily has a particular interest in addressing health inequality through dance. Building on the success of Move Dance Feel she established Women Who Dance in 2023 as a way of providng safe and creative spaces for all women. The project aims to foster fear rebellion, and enable physical and mental expansion.
Since 2019 Emily has served as a committee member for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and in 2020 she was selected as Churchill Fellow. In 2021 she won a National Lottery Art, Culture and Film Award, and Positive News magazine named her as one of ‘10 ordinary people who made 2021 extraordinary’.
Emily graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts, Culture and Communication from Oxford Brookes University, receiving the Keith Andrews prize for excellence in Performing Arts. Following which she gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance and a Masters degree in Creative Practice from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.