Rosie Kay (BA Hons) FRSA, MCR St Cross College, Oxford, born in Scotland, danced from a very early age, then trained at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 1998, before a career as a dancer in Poland, France, Germany and the USA. Kay returned to the UK in 2003 and set up Rosie Kay Dance Company in Birmingham in 2004.

Kay’s works include the multi-award-winning work ‘5 SOLDIERS- the Body is the Frontline’ (2010- present) based on intense research with the British Army and screened live online by BBC Arts and touring the USA and Denmark, then large scale development of this work, ‘10 SOLDIERS’ (2019). ‘Rosie Kay’s Fantasia’, a pure-dance work about beauty was included in The Guardian’s ‘Top 10 Dance of 2019’. ‘MK ULTRA’ was created in 2017; a work about conspiracy theory and pop made with BBC film-maker Adam Curtis. Kay recently returned to performance with her triple bill ‘Absolute Solo II’.

Other works include ‘Motel’ (2016), a collaboration with visual artists Huntley Muir, ‘Sluts of Possession’ (2013) created with rare archive material from the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, ‘There is Hope’ (2012) exploring religion, ‘Double Points: K’ (2008) a collaboration with Emio Greco| PC and Asylum (2005) based on research with asylum seekers. 

Kay choreographed the live Commonwealth Games Handover Ceremony (2018), watched by over 1 billion people worldwide and has worked in film as the choreographer to the feature film ‘Sunshine on Leith’ (2013). 

Outdoor works include ‘Modern Warrior’ (2017), ‘The Great Train Dance’ (2011) and ‘Ballet on the Buses’ (2007) made with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Kay was the first choreographer appointed Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the School of Anthropology, University of Oxford (2013). Awards for her work include Best Independent Company (2015) and nominated for Best Choreography for 5 Soldiers (2015), National Dance Awards and nominated for Best Independent Company 2012 and 2017, a Royal Society for Public Health Award for support to military communities, and the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award.  

Kay has a seven-year old son and lives in Birmingham with her film-maker husband.