Photo: Alex Moldovan

Erica Mulkern is a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and mentor based in West Yorkshire, UK. She is currently working with Northern Dance as well as Balbir Singh Dance Company. Since 2018 she danced in The Creative Spirit of John Curry, Love and Spice and The Boy with the Rollerblades at Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance. A graduate from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Erica Mulkern gained a First Class Hons Degree and the Carolyn Woolridge Prize for the highest performance marks. She also received a Distinction in the MA in Contemporary Dance at NSCD.

Mulkern danced in Scenes of Childhood and Portraits of Courage facilitated by Eliot Smith Dance Company and with Black Box Dance Company in Denmark she performed in FEAR choreographed by Stephanie Thomasen and Thomas Bentin in a Scandinavian Tour. She also performed The Red Hour choreographed by Melody Putu and Alexander Michael, Blue Velvet by David Price and Katya R. D. Nielsen, Hunger directed by Jacob Stage, various Neo-Classical works by company director Marie Brolin-Tani and worked closely with Tina Tarpgaard on X-Mythologies and Jason Mabana on No Sex during her time in Denmark.

A multi-talented dance artist, Mulkern works across film, fashion and dance. She danced for Maxine Fell in Kintsugi and with Jana Bitterová in A Short Journey into Folded Space, in collaboration with The Hexagon Collective she performed in Fengyi Tan SS19. Mulkern has also worked with Steph Giles, Joseph Reay-Reid, Lila Naruse and Gerry Turvey.

Other choreographers she has worked with include, Jos Baker, Laila Diallo, Vanessa Grasse, Lila Dance, Gemma Harrison and Gwen. Mulkern is currently in the research and development period for Medea – a modern adaptation of the Greek Tragedy, playing the principal role choreographed by Dionysia Bouzioti.

Mulkern is a very passionate teacher and prides herself in bringing the joy of dance to all of her students – teaching ballet, Ballet, Neo-Classical and Contemporary such as Cunningham, as well as floorwork and lyrical across different schools in and around Yorkshire.

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A lost art?
A bridge to India
Immersed in music
When Worlds Collide
The Idea (learning to dance)
Natural curiosity and questions (learning to dance)
Composer thoughts on Learning to Dance
In the presence of geniuses
The story (love and spice)
A dancer reflects on The Strategists (1)
Overview of The Strategists
Breakdown of The Strategists
Roundness of 12: a breakdown of the piece
Breakdown of the piece (love and spice)
Script (12)
Painter research
A dancer reflects on Love and Spice
Full Contact – highlights from the script
Dancer notes performance (flatlands)
Peacock Lake – genesis of the concept
Firing up the Mehfil Machine
The Collaborators
Creative Case – challenges along the way
The Guru-Shishya relationship
What is Kathak?
Life blood
Collaboration: Balbir & Gary
Colouring your emotions
Covid-19 Update on Monday, April 6th, 2020
Creative Case in action – July to September 2019
Finding my way in The Creative Spirit of John Curry
Talent Development – Abirami Eshwar
Talent Development – Kimberley Hardy
Collaborators: Lorna Brown and Gary Beacom
The Work: Act 1
The Work: Act 2
Planning the show
The 8 Dances
Who was Hans Krebs?
The Citric 
 Acid cycle
Balbir’s thoughts behind the work
Balbir on developing the work
Amrita Sher-Gil & Frida Kahlo
My favourite painting is. . .
Balbir reflects on The Two Fridas
Cast one
Devising in lockdown
Las dos Fridas
‘Alas Para Volar (Wings to Fly)’
Amrita – a story that lives in Art