Originally from Edwardsville, Illinois, Emily attended daily dance classes at her hometown studio, Premiere Performance, throughout elementary, middle, and high school. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Western Michigan University in May 2015. While at Western, Emily performed works by Ohad Naharin, Loie Fuller, and worked with artists such as Gabrielle Lamb, Lauren Thompson Hall, Monique Haley, Jackie Nowicki, KT Nelson, and faculty member Carolyn Pavlik in their processes of creating original works performed in WMU’s Winter Gala Concert. In addition to performance, Emily enjoys choreography. Her solo, Corey’s Promise, was accepted and performed at the 2014 regional American College Dance Association conference. She also received the Shawn Coyle Hunnicutt Scholarship for Excellence in Choreography. Emily was awarded a grant by The Ramon Zupko Enrichment Fund to produce an original ballet, “Who Killed Mr. Mason?”. She was named the WMU Department of Dance 2015 Presidential Scholar. After graduating, Emily has recently made the move to Chicago to pursue a career in modern dance performance and explore all that the Chicago dance community has to offer. She has danced with multiple Chicago-based companies, free-lance projects, and is currently focusing on the success of her own dance company, Hot Crowd, which has showcased work in several major cities including Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia.