Our Founder

Emma Jones - MTeach, BA (Hons), PDDS.

Emma founded Splatter Dance in 2014. She is passionate about 'learning through doing' and the benefits that participating in dance provides. These benefits include developing confidence, teamwork skills, speech, language & communication, fine & gross motor skills & control as well as a range of other mental & physical wellbeing benefits. Emma encourages individuals of all ages to explore their creativity & express themselves through dance & wishes to provide inclusive experiences which are accessible to everyone.

 

Emma studied for her BA (Hons) Dance at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds before undertaking a one year post graduate programme at Laban in 2007. Since this time Emma has worked with Trinity Laban's Learning and Participation (dance) department as a freelance dance artist on a wide range of projects. Emma teaches for the Royal Academy of Dance on their RADiate project which specialises in delivering dance to primary school children with special educational needs. She also teaches on the Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project teaching older learners. Emma works for Greenwich Dance delivering cross-curricular dance projects too.

 

Emma has extensive experience of delivering creative cross-curricular dance lessons and projects which take place in mainstream primary schools and Special Educational Needs schools. Through linking the children’s classroom topic to their dance lessons Emma aims to extend, enrich & compliment the work children & their teachers already do themselves. Although her aim is to aid progress across different aspects of the children’s learning, Emma has a strong focus on creativity through using children’s imaginations & encouraging them to non-verbally express their ideas & emotions. This work has been performed in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall, at the BFI and in the Bonnie Bird Theatre (Laban building). In April 2013 Emma completed her Masters in Dance (Teaching) during which time she researched the use of visual stimuli when working with Autistic students to create imaginative movement.

 

Emma is trained in the use of PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and Makaton signing as well as being a trained Arts Award Advisor (Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver Awards). Her first aid training, insurance and DBS check are all up to date. Emma is also a mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance on their BA (Hons) Ballet Education degree as part of student's teaching placements.