Artistic + Executive Director
Emily Haussler is the Artistic and Executive Director of RESILIENCE Dance Company (RDC). Since founding RDC in November 2019, Emily has directed and choreographed the full-length production, Stanzas and Sculptures, RDC’s first dance film There Are No Rules, and several smaller works for the company’s repertoire. There Are No Rules, RDC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, was furthermore accepted into EXCHANGE Choreography Festival in 2020.
Overall, her work centers on building healthier, more sustainable dance communities by equipping dancers with resources for their mental health, physical wellbeing, and artistic success. So far this has included building a comprehensive, open access Resource Center for Artists, partnering with Athletico to provide physical therapy, and partnering with two local therapists to provide mental health support for dancers. She has also created and hosted two Seen: STL events –showcases featuring local independent dance artists that promote solidarity in the community. She believes in the power of collaboration and in challenging the toxic norms of the dance world, seeking to create high quality, insightful dance works inside of healthy dance spaces.
Emily holds a B.A. in Dance and Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, and has trained primarily in ballet, modern, and improvisation. Prior to founding RDC, Emily danced professionally as a Trainee for Nashville Ballet (2018-19), as a Trainee for The Big Muddy Dance Company (2019-20), and as a freelance artist. Her choreographic repertoire consisted of over a dozen works, including her first ever full-length concert, fine lines between, which debuted in Nashville, TN in April 2019. Emily continues to work as a freelance dancer and choreographer outside of RDC and teaches dance at Arts in Motion in St. Louis.
PC: Hannah Bialecki