Emily is a choreographer, facilitator, dance maker and community artist. Her work centres around working with people, whether that be collaborating with other artists in the studio or out connecting with communities. Emily believes that it is stories that connects us all and the more stories are shared the less isolated people feel.
Emily’s career has been eclectic, spanning over 3 continents working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Facilitating classes, workshops and projects with people of all ages and abilities across the North west of England, London, Ghana and Peru.
Emily originally trained at the Hammond School, graduating in 2011. She then went on to work on cruise ships before moving to London where she performed with a number of small contemporary companies. In 2016 Emily moved to Peru where she worked with NGO Social Creativa as their artist in residence. Upon returning to the UK, Emily settled back down in Manchester where she has worked on community projects with Cheshire Dance, Dance Manchester and Company Chameleon. She went on to study at the University of Chester, graduating with an MA in Dance at the end of 2018, where her research focus was dance and storytelling.
Emily set up Kindred Folk Dance Theatre in 2018 with her first project On The Border.
"I believe that stories connects us all and the more stories that are shared, the less isolated people feel."Emily O’Shea
Specially designed by Dance Artist Emily O'Shea, CHALK! contains ten different activities for children and their families to inspire imagination, outdoor play, drawing, writing… and, of course, dancing!
Cheshire Dance works within the community and in education settings to enrich young lives through dance. Dance & Young People forms an integral part of the principle Cheshire Dance Programme.
Inquiring Bodies is a full day event by dance artists, for dance artists in a mutually supportive environment for dance exploration and open dialogue.
In partnership with Healthbox, Moving Matters is a session that allows space for you. Get your body and mind moving through a mixture of dance, yoga and stretching and meditation.
Cheshire Dance has an established and growing specialism in developing dance opportunities with and for people with learning disabilities and people with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities (PIMD).
Cheshire Dance is the lead organisation of Dance Consortia North West, a powerful gathering of dance artists, companies, venues, universities and dance development organisations.
The Spotlight Project from Cheshire Dance forms part of the Cultural Regeneration Programme for Winsford Town Centre.
An adventure through the arts; a free festival dance performances, live bands, percussion parades, creative workshops, a Cine Window installation, great food & drink… and a fantastic vibe!
Cheshire Dance works with educational settings to deliver school improvement plans and to enrich the current curriculum framework through quality dance practises that add real value.
At Cheshire Dance, we provide opportunities for older adults to live in the moment and to engage physically, socially and emotionally through movement and dance in community sessions across Cheshire West and Cheshire East.
Now Northwich is an annual flagship outdoor international dance and street arts festival from Producers Cheshire Dance and Partners
A Celebration of Dance in Cheshire and the Creative Case for Diversity, which brings together dancers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to perform and share their passion for the art form.
Dance to Health responds to the issue of older people’s falls. Dance to Health in Cheshire is delivered by professional dance artists from Cheshire Dance at a variety of community venues, including church halls and leisure facilities.
Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. Cheshire Dance is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
The Hive, 49 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FN
Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to celebrating diversity and promoting equality in everything it does, to improve the quality of life for everyone living, working and visiting Cheshire West and Chester.
Customer Service Centres, 1 The Arcade, Northwich
Cheshire West and Chester Libraries offer a range of activities and resources to help people lead happier and healthier lives. Its activities connect with the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which is a great way for everyone to make positive changes to their health, and the way they feel about themselves
Various locations across Cheshire
Dance Consortia North West (DCNW) is a diverse collection of dance artists, companies and venues that come together to generate, collaborate and celebrate dance across the region.
1st Floor, Winsford Library, High Street, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2AS
Healthbox CIC is a Community Interest Company based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire that exists with the aim to provide health and wellbeing services to all aspects of the community.
Unit 6 Stanney Mill Lane, Venture Point, Cheshire Oaks, CH2 4NE
ALFA – Artists Led For Artists – advocates for dance artists and their connections to the wider dance sector; to champion diversity and visibility of artists as well as share resources and knowledge to further the development of the art of dance.
CRTA supports a variety of projects and initiatives which support artists in the creation of new work, support young people and families to access live arts and to bring the very best work from UK and international artists to rural communities.
Arts Service, Floor 3, HQ,Nicholas Street, Chester, CH12NP
Movema celebrates diversity through dance, creating safe spaces for different communities to come together and learn about each other through high-quality arts experiences.
37-45 Windsor St, Liverpool, L8 1XE