EMAEmbody-Move Association. UK.

EMA, founded in 2006, is the licensed association in the UK for the delivery of BMC courses and related activities.

EMA Sparks team – An overview of specific activities in the field of art, care and education.

Katy Dymoke is a BMC teacher and program leader, she is a Dance Movement psychotherapist completing a PhD on her clinical practice and the use of touch. Katy is also the director of Touchdown Dance, an organisation delivering dance for visually impaired and disabled participants in community, education and health settings in UK and abroad.

Touchdown produces video, performances, and leadership trainings. As a DMP Katy works clinically with autistic and vulnerable learning disabled girls, profound and multiple learning disabilities, and sensory impaired.


Stephanie Marilyne Bairet is currently a full time mother, she worked as a Dance movement facilitator for over 5 years in main stream and disability educational settings. During and following her degree studies in choreography and performance she worked for four years as assistant director of JUMP, an integrated dance company. Stephanie taught somatic based practices (Skinner and BMC) to degree students, delivered dance movement sessions with Touchdown dance and more recently for people with Alzheimers and their carers. She is currently completing the SME program.

Paula Hampson has been working as a dance maker, performer and teacher for 25 years. Her creative practice has evolved through her continuous study and inquiry into the field of dance improvisation, contact Improvisation and somatic movement approaches. .

She has collaborated with many artists, making and performing work in various settings throughout the UK and abroad. She is a core member of the Liverpool Improvisation Collective (LIC) and has co-organised performance festivals, residencies and facilitated workshops. She works creatively in both movement and the visual arts, sharing and disseminating her passion and experience of dance, to enable and support others in broadening their creative potential, body knowledge and well being. She is currently a student on the Somatic Movement Education Programme in Body-Mind Centering with EMA.


Lisa Dowler MA, SME is an independent dance artist and researcher with experience of facilitating dance and creating performance in diverse settings. Her main sources of inspiration are Contact Improvisation and BMC. Lisa’s inclusive, somatic approach to dance has enabled her to evolve her practice by engaging through the arts with young people in socially and economically deprived areas, asylum seekers, disabled children, pregnant women and older people. In 2006 Lisa became the first dance artist in residence at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool and with Small Things Dance Collective and Alder Hey Arts has evolved ongoing pioneering research into the effects of improvisation for children and young people in hospital across acute wards including Neuromedical, Cardiac and Orthopaedic.







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