Emma Robertsis a dancer & movement embodiment specialist, movement drama therapist, movement director & certified 5Rhyhtms teacher. "I have always loved dance and been deeply fascinated with how to find more feeling, freedom and expression in the home of my body. My younger self loved the discipline and expression that dance forms offered. I wanted my body to be my instrument of my artistry. As the years have passed my love of dance is my way of celebrating my breath and my love of life. It cultivates a sense of felt beauty and connection to the elements of my life. I love to share with others the incredible freedom that dance can give us. Over the years I have been teaching groups in the UK, France, Hungary, Switzland, Russia, Ukraine, Portugal and have been offering one2one sessions in Paris & the UK for 9 years. I have weekly and monthly classes in Sussex and Paris and now hold a weekly class on-line. For deeper studies I offer workshops, retreats and on-going groups." Everyone is welcome in the dance!
Embodied presence listening to your bodies wisdom. To know thyself The unexamined life is not worth living. (Socrates) The body is the perfect home in which to return and remember our true nature. It stores all our experiences and shapes the way we move through life. The body is imprinted with stories we remember and those forgotten from our ancestors. There is powerful medicine when we begin to move with awareness and attention. Movement as meditation allows us to witness and have direct experience of our own conditioning. If we invite curiosity, an energy of moving towards, whilst giving this experience permission and spaciousness we allow ourselves to be known fully. When we give ourselves more space to tune in and witness our interior realm, to accompany our felt sense and emotions, turning towards our self and what is real, we learn to bring presence to the moment. Rooting and centering ourselves from this inner state we can then practice opening to the the ever unfolding world around us, unifying the inner dance with this invitation to participate within the interplay of life. This kind of practice softens our armoring, gives back our sense of belonging to our world and each other, and re awakens our sensitivity so we can feel and express the fullness of our being.
"The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature." - Thich Nhat Hanh
When we move with awareness and imagination we begin a process of remembering who we really are. The incredible intelligence that is the body already knows how to heal, it has it's own rhythmical nature, a self regulating process. Dancing is a medicine that awakens what is deeply known in our very cells. My students are always my best teachers. They have given me the opportunity to really witness how we co exist in space. The space itself is always revealing our core relational patterns, from our cultural, ancestral and personal conditioning. When working together we spend this valuable time to get to know ourselves a little better and to open up to more of our life force.
Where & what I have studied From the age of three I studied classical ballet & modern dance. At age 18 I left home and had the good fortune to evolve and grow in my craft as a performer at drama school for 3 years. After graduating I was signed with an agent and began my career as an actress. I worked extensively in TV, film and theatre. During this time I also trained in physical theatre with David Glass. In my late 20's I studied mask in performance at Middlesex University and between 1999and 2000 I trained as a Movement & Drama Therapist at the Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2010 I trained with Gabriel Roth & team to become a certified 5Rhythms teacher. There are many other teachers and practitioners with whom I have studied & who have inspired my work, my thanks goes out to, Prapto, Soto, Sarah Pitchford & Alain Allard, Ruth Zapora, Atsushi, Song of the goat, Jamie McHugh, Julian Marshell & Helen Poyner.
Work & Collaborations In my twenties I worked as an actress and was fortunate enough to make a living from my craft. I worked in various TV series, theatre shows and in Film. After training as a Movement - Drama therapist I worked in an acute psychiatric ward, on the Wishing tree project (supported holidays for vulnerable families) and with adults with Autism. In 2003 to 2005 I delivered and designed the well being program for year 11 girls at St Bedes school in East Sussex. In 2005 I met Julian Marshell and for the next 2 years we explored improvisation in live performance. In 2007 I began collaborating with Rachel Blackman on the making of the show The Art of Catastrophe. This show seeded my path into Movement direction and devising for theatre. Between the years 2007 -2011 I worked in the theatre department at Sussex Downs collage, specializing in movement training for actors, ensemble, devising and physical theatre. Over the years I have worked on several shows as a Movement director and have run month long movement trainings for actors at the Parisian Theatre conservator école du Jeu - Delphine Eliet. Since 2010 I have been offering classes and workshops in the 5Rhythms dynamic movement meditation practice. In the past 2 years my work has began to move away from any particular form or practice and is my own assimilation of all that I have learned and continue to practice. Teaching has become part of how I practice and my students have become my greatest teachers. Since 2015 I have been part of a professional on-going research group exploring the use of touch with movement as a restorative and creative practice. Many thanks to Rachel Blackman and Korina Biggs for this rewarding exploration.