Emily Davis

I am a dance for health researcher, dancer, and dance practitioner. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the University of St Andrews, in collaboration with Scottish Ballet, with a specific interest in understanding the implementation and impact of their dance for multiple sclerosis programme, SB Elevate®. The design and methods of my research draw on my expertise in dance and choreography, utilising dance itself as a method of inquiry. Before starting my PhD in 2021, I danced professionally with the Philadelphia Ballet (2015-2021), performing works ranging from classical ballets to contemporary world premieres. While in Philadelphia, I also led inclusive dance, choreographic mentorship, and dance for health programmes across the city in partnership with local community, educational, and clinical organisations. Also, I was the Producing Director (Assistant Director, 2018-2020) of Shut Up & Dance, an annual benefit performance produced by Philadelphia Ballet dancers since 1993 that annually raised over $100,000 for the local non-profit Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA). I am passionate about bridging my professional dance background with my academic research to share and examine the value of dance for individuals and communities across the lifespan.