Apprentice Dancer

Emily Small received her formal ballet training at Newport Academy of Ballet, the affiliate school of Island Moving Company, in Newport, RI. In 2019, she received her BFA in Dance and BS in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studied ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, composition, ballroom, improvisation, contact improvisation, and West African. At UMass, she was the recipient of an annual talent scholarship and additionally was selected to premiere her thesis choreography at the American College Dance Association convention in the spring of 2019. She went on to become a trainee with Island Moving Company, where she worked with filmmaker Marta Renzi. For the 2020-21 season, she trained with the Big Muddy Dance Company, of St. Louis, MO. Her dance education has been supplemented by Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, American Academy of Ballet, Urbanity Dance, Rioult Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Goucher Summer Arts Institute. Emily is certified in STOTT Pilates and has been teaching Pilates and dance classes since 2018. She’s had the pleasure of performing choreography by David Dorfman, Thomas Vacanti, Barbara Diewald, Jen Pollins, Paul Dennis, Betsi Graves, Jackie Nowicki, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Rodger Blum, Staycee Pearl, Donna Salgado, Carolyn Dorfman, Ted Thomas and Francis Ortiz.