Emilyn Claid


Emilyn Claid PhD, MSc.
Professor of Choreographic Practices
Roehampton University
Gestalt Psychotherapist (UKCP)

Emilyn is a choreographer, writer, director and teacher, working between academic and professional dance contexts, interested in the processes and practices of making movement based performance. Emilyn also works as a Gestalt/existential psychotherapist and enquiries from both fields are integrated into practice based research projects – such as Falling About (Winlab 2013).

Emilyn’s career stretches back to the 1960s when she was a ballet dancer and the 1970s when she was co founder of X6 Dance Space in London and co-editor of New Dance Magazine. In the 1980s she was artistic director of Extemporary Dance Theatre; and in the 1990 worked with Phoenix Dance Company and Candoco Dance Company while performing and producing her own shows such as Virginia Minx at Play (1992). In 1997 she was awarded a PhD and published a book, Yes? No! Maybe… Seductive Ambiguity in Dance Theatre Performance (Routledge 2006).

Between 2003-2013 Emilyn was Director of BA & MA Choreography at Dartington College of Arts and during the merger with Falmouth University she played a major role in developing the dance and choreography courses.

Over the past few years choreographic projects have taken her to Auckland, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin, Helsinki and Beirut.

Alongside her work as a professor and choreographer, Emilyn has a private psychotherapy practice in London.