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Emily Paige Anderson was born and raised in the Dallas, Texas area. She started dancing when she was 4 years old. She found her love for the stage at an early age, from dance recitals and school theater productions to performing as Clara in The Nutcracker.
She trained with Ballet Academy of Texas, where she was a company member of the Ballet Ensemble of Texas. Throughout high school and college, she attended summer intensives with Joffrey Chicago, American Ballet Theatre, Texas Ballet Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Mark Morris, and Cedar Lake. She also trained in Paris under the instruction of Kazuko Hirabayashi in the summer of 2013. She graduated from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. dance program in May 2015, where she double majored in Communication and Media Studies.
When Emily was ten years old, she saw Desmond Richardson perform at the Titas Command Performance in Dallas, Texas. As an aspiring dancer, that performance made her realize that she wanted to be a contemporary dancer. In high school, she was a principal dancer in a performance at The Pulse convention, which was voted the “Choreographer’s Pick” by judges Mia Michaels, Cris Judd, Wade Robson, and Dave Scott. Since then she has explored numerous dance styles and has always been eager to be a versatile dancer. Emily has studied ballet, pointe, modern (Horton/Graham), jazz, hip hop, character dancing, and Latin ballroom. She has found that exploring the infinite ways in which the human body can move is what captivates her.
Emily has performed works by Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Alvin Ailey, William Forsythe, Jessica Lang, and Norbert De La Cruz III. She will never forget the adrenaline she had during her first professional job alongside Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Park Avenue Armory Gala.
One of her favorite quotes is, “Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso