Jemima Hoadley is a dance maker, teacher and performer with over 20 years of professional experience. She is an Associate Artist with Candoco Dance Company, a company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, founded in 1991. Jemima first danced with Candoco in 1999 and then came back in 2013 as a youth dance leader and since then has choreographed, performed and led training, classes and workshops on behalf of Candoco in UK, Italy, Armenia and Georgia.
Between 2014-2018 Jemima was director of Highfliers Training Company, in association with Magpie Dance. Highfliers was a pilot offering training, performance and touring opportunities to gifted dancers with learning disabilities.
Highfliers performed and toured choreography by award winning choreographer Ben Duke and also worked with Stopgap Dance Company.
Jemima was mentored in her role by the current Candoco Artistic Co-Director Charlotte Derbyshire, via a partnership with the Dance UK Mentoring Scheme.
Jemima has a keen interest in Deaf culture and her knowledge and skills as a British Sign Language Communicator have led her to be invited to work as a performer and access coordinator for several companies and projects, including the latest Candoco Dance Company dance film ‘Unspoken/Spoken’ choreographed and directed by Fin Walker in 2018.
In 2017-2018 Jemima was invited to join Metal Culture’s Change Maker Lab, culminating in a day of occupation, protest and performance at The Space In Between, Unlimited Festival, Southbank London.
During her residency she worked with her teenage son Nathan. Their research and performance ‘HE (and me)’ explores the ‘otherness’ of both Jemima’s role as parent carer and her son Nathan, who has Down’s syndrome, Type 1 diabetes and an obsession with Romeo & Juliet. ‘It’s about taking a look at the world through his eyes and seeing where we fit in’.
Jemima has also danced/performed with Siobhan Davies Dance, Colin Poole, Hannah Gilgren, Annie Pui Ling Lok, Holly Noble Dance, Sarah Blanc and the all-female company Moxie Brawl, Annie Hanauer, Daghda Dance, Chisato Minamimura, Ana Sanchez-Colberg and Dylan Elmore.
Jemima’s long term interest in deaf culture and British Sign Language (BSL) has led her to learn BSL to level 6. In 2017 she began a collaboration with deaf actress, presenter and access consultant Deepa Shastri, co-delivering access consultancy for dance companies interested in making their dance productions accessible to deaf audiences.
Deepa Shastri has also directed Jemima as an integrated BSL performer in several shows, including Candoco Dance’s award winning dance film Unspoken/Spoken