Welcome aboard Emily Thompson- Smith!

Pavilion Dance are delighted to announce that Emily Thompson-Smith, a freelance dance artist based in Dorset is our new lead artist for our Dance n Chat Wellbeing Project, hosted at Cornerstone Academy in Poole.

Run in partnership with Dorset Mind, Dance n Chat  is a meaningful wellbeing dance programme for young people aged 11 to 16 years. Funded by the RIO Cultural Education Challenge, it sits within a host youth setting with a highly experienced in-studio team including a lead community dance artist and Dorset Mind’s very own wellbeing practitioner. 

Emily says: “I’m incredibly excited to be starting this new role and collaborating with Pavilion Dance and Dorset Mind, exploring how dance, movement and yoga can be powerful and transformative tools for mental health and wellbeing whilst also fuelling and enriching creativity in youth development!”

Emily’s Career Highlights

She trained at London Contemporary Dance School and her career spanning 10 years has led her to work with renowned contemporary dance theatre companies and organisations.

Emily is an experienced facilitator within community, educational and professional settings. She believes in the transformative power of movement within mental health and wellbeing and the important role expression and creativity can play in young peoples lives. As a facilitator she has led workshops and creative outreach programmes for Protein Dance, Gary Clarke Company, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Big Dance Festival, Greenwich Dance, Young Film Academy, Angel Shed Theatre, Corey Baker Dance and Shaper/Caper. Emily has worked with organisations Fallen Angels Dance Theatre and Joli Vyann Company, delivering and assisting movement workshops and long courses to groups of adults with experience of addiction and homelessness. 

As a performer Emily has danced for Gary Clarke Company, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, Shobana Jeyasingh, Aletta Collins, Royal Shakespeare Company and James Cousins Company. Emily has worked extensively in opera performing and creating productions at Glyndebourne, Berlin State Opera, Royal Opera House and Opera North. Emily was movement director for The National Theatre on its 2022 production of Hamlet, reimagined for younger audiences. 

From 2012-2015, Emily worked extensively alongside Jorge Crecis as assistant choreographer and rehearsal director on commissions for Beijing 9 Contemporary Dance Theatre, Big Dance Festival, Greenwich International Dance Festival, London Contemporary Dance School and Intoto Dance (London Studio Centre). Emily’s other credits as rehearsal director and assistant choreographer include Antler Theatre, Morgann Runacre-Temple, Shaper/Caper and Barnaby Booth for Club Guy and Roni.



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