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Alum Wins National Lottery Award 2021

Mon 18 October 2021

Emily Jenkins has won the Art, Film and Culture category for her work supporting women affected by cancer.

The National Lottery Awards celebrate the UK’s favourite national lottery funded projects. This year, TL graduate Emily Jenkins’ organisation Move Dance Feel has been selected as the winner from 1500 nominations.

Emily graduated from Trinity Laban in 2016 after studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance and an MA in Creative Practice. She founded community project Move Dance Feel in the same year to help women living with and beyond cancer. The organisation supports them to rediscover their bodies and find joy through free weekly dance sessions.

During the pandemic, the project saw a huge upsurge in engagement after developing ‘Move Dance Feel Online’, aided by National Lottery funding of £9880.

Emily comments –

“It feels very special to be recognised for a National Lottery Award, particularly as it was the participants themselves who nominated me. I started Move Dance Feel as a way to simply offer a creative means of support to women in need, and now after give years it has evolved into something quite extraordinary.

“Dance in this context gives rise to multiple benefits, and the community of women we dance with are wonderful. It’s a real pleasure to dance alongside them, as they navigate through the incredibly difficult challenges associated with cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. I find myself in awe of their strength.

“Winning this award has given me further encouragement to keep pushing forward, with the aim of making dance available to all women affected by cancer, worldwide.”

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