I want dance to be fully integrated into cancer care services.

Thirty-one year old Emily Jenkins is a pioneer of health through dance, specifically using dance to support people living with and beyond cancer. She was four years old when she first attended a dance class, and, in some form, she has been dancing ever since. Emily grew up in a small village in south Nottingham which hosted a dance school in the local community hall, set up by a dance teacher who lived in the village. This is where she was introduced to all kinds of dance from tap to jazz, ballet to disco and took part in dance competitions. These competitions taught her about discipline and at the same time, the importance of inclusivity and encouragement. She was in her later teens when she started to learn about contemporary dance, which led her to studying performing arts at University – teaching her the importance of dance in culture, education and community. Latterly, this inspired Emily to work with people affected by cancer, and she now runs a project called Move Dance Feel which offers workshops and courses in partnership with Penny Brohn UK, Maggie’s Barts and Paul’s Cancer Support Centre. Also since March 2020, when Covid-19 forced Centres to close, she has been delivering Move Dance Feel Online – a virtual dance programme reaching participants all over the UK.

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