Emma is a Liverpool (UK) based aerial rope artist with years of international performing, creating and teaching experience which has carved her unique expressive style. She works against the traditional technique of rope, exploring how contemporary dance can be interwoven seamlessly from the floor to the air. She often uses multiple ropes to create knots in the air that suspend her untethered movement.
Emma’s ground-based practice is built around improving self-esteem and body-image in the aerial industry, backed by her psychological research. She is passionate about ensuring the autonomy of artists and establishing their own voice in their creative and professional work. She runs workshops and retreats around these topics bespoke to the aerial world.
Emma’s career started in dance after studying a Contemporary dance degree. She has performed in various shows with Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre in Ireland, and All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre in Scotland. She has performed in places such as Hong Kong, South Korea, Norway and Australia alongside creating her aerial company Tangled In Air where she shares her creative flare.
From living and working in different places across the world she discovered lots of things that connected the web of aerial enthusiasts across the world. From the favourite move in the kids classes to the independence and drive of its participants. This fascination in these universal findings pulled Emma towards studying the psychology of aerialists in a Masters degree. Her research pool spanned hundreds of aerialists across the globe resulting in fascinating findings on a, usually overlooked, group of specialists. This brought to light the support needed for those practicing the dangerous and highly skilled art form. Emma has since used her findings to design workshops and an online course as support for the aerial community to connect and taking the pressure off going at it alone.