Who We Are

Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella Emma Gladstone runs London’s flagship dance festival, which has reached over a million people in 72 locations across the capital since 1978. Focusing on broadening definitions of choreography since taking over in 2014, recent festivals have featured ice skaters, hip hop and flamenco artists, alongside contemporary performances for audiences of all ages.
Previously Emma was Artistic Programmer at Sadler’s Wells 2005-13, and worked with numerous cultural institutions including the Southbank Centre, The Place, Rolex Mentor Protégé programme, and the British Council. Before programming she danced for many years including with Arlene Phillips, Lea Anderson and as founding Co-Director of Adventures in Motion Pictures.
Emma often works as a mentor and Advisor, most recently in India, South Korea, and for the Royal Opera House Draft Works. In 2014 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban.