Dance Base announces Emma Stewart-Jones as new Chief Executive

10 Dec 2018

Dance Base announces Emma Stewart-Jones as new Chief Executive!

Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Stewart-Jones to the position of Dance Base Chief Executive.

Emma has specialised in equalities, diversity and inclusion throughout her 23-year career and has experienced many different aspects of the dance sector, including programming professional artists and companies in a middle scale theatre, developing national strategic accredited arts educational programmes, managing artists, and designing national training and creative learning programmes. Emma has worked in England and Scotland in a range of different contexts; national dance agencies, local authorities, as a freelancer and with a governing body.  Working at Creative Scotland for the past five years has given Emma a national strategic overview of the dance sector and she has had the opportunity to work with artists, dance companies, boards of directors, and national and international organisations.

Emma will start her role at Dance Base on Friday 1 February 2019 and said, “I’m absolutely delighted to be appointed Chief Executive at Dance Base and am looking forward to working with the team. I have admired Dance Base’s work since returning to Scotland sixteen years ago and am aware of the strong input and influence Dance Base has had on developing artists, creative performance work, audiences and providing over 130 different weekly classes for all ages and abilities.

Edward A Crozier, Chair of the Dance Base Board said of Emma’s appointment: “The Dance Base Board are delighted to appoint Emma Stewart-Jones to the role of Chief Executive. We wish her every success in leading the organisation forward into the next stage of its future and continuing to expand the crucial role Dance Base plays in the Scottish arts sector, as one of the pivotal organisations for supporting and promoting dance and dance artists, and for making dance accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Emma Stewart-Jones will take up her position as Chief Executive of Dance Base on Friday 1 February 2019.