Always Dancing, Contemporary (Release)
Gemma trained at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee, and went on to gain a BA (Hons) in dance at Edinburgh's Telford College. Whilst studying, she performed in the Italian production of "Die Zauberflote", Siamsoir Celtic Dance company and Mark Murphy.
After graduating in 2010, Gemma danced for Collisions Dance Company, Abby Warrilow, Natasha Gilmore and Scottish Opera. She has also danced in choreographic residencies for Anna Kenrick, Norman Douglas, Angus Balbernie and Errol White. Gemma was accepted on the Emerging Bursary Scheme at Dance Base which enabled her to continue her development as a dancer.
Gemma is passionate about teaching people of all ages and one of her personal projects has seen her exploring dance and movement with people with dementia. She is active in the community, teaching people from their early years to the over 60’s. She has experience of leading dance activities and dance projects in a variety of settings, including University Dance programmes, professional dance companies, community groups, the professional community, Department of Education School programmes, mixed-ability dance projects, council-run dance programmes, and delivering dance on a regular basis for National dance centres, Dance Base and Dance House.
Gemma’s choreographic work has been inspired and influenced by her work with people with dementia. Her solo work has been performed for day centres run by Alzheimer Scotland in the North East of Scotland (2010) and at Banff Castle (2012). This work has been supported through choreographic residencies at Dance House and Citymoves.
Gemma is interested in immersing an audience within her performance work and this has led her to explore work through a residency at Dance Base (2012). Gemma co-founded Liminal Dance in 2012, which has been supported by Citymoves, and performed this work at Dance Hunt, Aberdeen and at Banff Castle, Banff in summer 2013.