Hello, Emily Brown

April 2017

Emily Brown, 27, joined the 3SDC family back in 2015 to attend a weekly drop-in class and “stay in shape”. Just two years later, Emily has recently launched her own company, and produced a sell-out show at the Mission Theatre, Bath. As if that wasn’t enough, Emily is also extremely musical, playing the cello and singing, and has a keen ear for classical concertos (she’s also a mean “crocheter” with a fab hat to prove it!)

In the short time that we’ve known her, we’ve seen her go from strength-to-strength and couldn’t be more in awe of what she’s achieved in this time. We sat down for a coffee and a chat to catch up on her story, see how things are going, and get excited about her next steps at this stage…

Not unusually, Emily’s love for dance began in “baby ballet” classes at an early age. With an innate passion for the art, she was accepted into Reflex Youth Dance Company in Birmingham at 14, which solidified her decision to pursue dance further at the University of Chester, class of 2011. With degree in hand, she went straight on to dance with Mapdance. She performed on a national tour and had the opportunity to work alongside some influential names including Nigel Charnock, Keira Martin, and Matteo Fargion.

Following her year with Mapdance, Emily followed the bright and sparkly road down to Brighton – in search of arts opportunities and a platform to develop her dance career further. Although there were small-scale projects to get involved with, she found a distinct lack of opportunities in dance, and creative ambition took a back seat while she prioritised a day job and paying the bills.

In 2015 Emily moved to Bath, and embracing a fresh start, quickly threw herself into the local dance scene, starting with 3SDC contemporary classes. It was these classes that got her “back on track” with her passion for dance.

“3SDC immediately identified my training background and almost instantly encouraged me to get more involved. Over a short amount of time I realised how much my confidence had grown and I was getting excited about finding more opportunities in the world of dance again.”

Emily became an invaluable member of 3SDC, teaching classes, participating in workshops, and dancing with 3SDC Performing Company in Mementos – the Journey.

Mementos was an incredible experience to be a part of as a professional dancer. It was created in such a unique way – with three different choreographers all sharing their skills and experiences to pull together one vision. Performing with the company, alongside the other dancers and choreographers, gave me the drive and motivation to perform again.”

Pulling upon her passions for both dance and music, Emily was inspired to speak to the William Herschel Society to share her idea to visualise the story of William and Caroline Herschel. Emily partnered up with fellow 3SDC dancer, Luke Antysz, and together they developed a short piece to showcase at the 3SDC choreographic platform; Tree. Being able to share her ideas and choreography on this stage was just the first step. Emily continued to develop her piece with Luke, and gathered more funding and support from The William Herschel Society, 3SDC, and Bath Dance. In early 2017, Emily officially launched her company Forged Line Dance Company and in March performed the sell-out show, Lina, in the Mission Theatre, Bath.

Moving forward, Emily is certain not to lose momentum with Forged Line, and is already working on plans for a regional tour and future productions. Here at 3SDC, we couldn’t be more proud or thrilled for Emily, and are so lucky to have her as part of our community. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

“3SDC are incredibly supportive – to everyone! They look for the positives and bring out the best in people – not just as dancers, but as individuals. It’s a company where everyone is valued for what they can bring, and I’m so happy to be a part of that movement.”

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