Dancer. Choreographer. Artist.
Emily, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, has been dancing for fourteen years. Following her early training at de la Dance Center under Meredith Benson and Mario de la Nuez, Emily received her B.A. in Dance and Biology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. Over her four years, she studied ballet, modern, and improvisation under Christine O’Neal, David Marchant, Cecil Slaughter, and former Alvin Ailey principal dancers Antonio and Kirven Douthit-Boyd. Emily was furthermore selected to perform in multiple works choreographed by resident and guest artists, including Jock Soto, former principal with New York City Ballet, and Raja Feather Kelly, winner of the Princess Grace award for choreography. Emily has attended two regional American College Dance Association (ACDA) conferences, summer programs at Orlando Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and the American Dance Festival, and spent a semester abroad studying dance at University of Roehampton in London. During her senior year, she joined Common Thread Contemporary Ballet, directed by Jennifer Medina, to perform in The Endless Forest Nutcracker.
Following graduation, Emily accepted a Trainee position with the Nashville Ballet, continuing her ballet and contemporary training under Kate Crews Linsley, Nicole Koenig, Krissy Dodge, and Erin Kouwe. In 2019, she was excited to return to St. Louis to accept a Trainee position with The Big Muddy Dance Company, where she is currently dancing and performing.
In addition to performance, Emily discovered a new passion for choreography in college. Her works have been selected for Washington University’s Student Dance Showcase (2015, 2018), Washington University’s Young Choreographer’s Showcase (2016), and Washington University Dance Collective (2018)- the University’s resident company directed by Cecil Slaughter. Furthermore, Emily presented her first full length dance production entitled fine lines between in April 2019 at the Looby Theater in Nashville, TN. The performance, which was self-produced, directed, and choreographed in collaboration with local emerging artists, sparked her desire to continue building healthy dance communities. Now returned to St. Louis, Emily plans to invest in local dance talent, historic spaces, and community needs to create new dance works that are deeply tied to the city and its people.
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