#MeetTheArtistMonday | Meet Artistic Director Emily
Emily Runkle first began studying ballet at Ballet with Cindee Velle, intensively studying with Caryl Maxwell. In high school she attended The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia and received coaching by former dancers renown dancers from around the world. She danced as a trainee with Ballet Magnificat in Mississippi. Her professional repertoire includes soloist roles with Ballet Chesapeake, Misako Ballet Company, Merge Dance Company, and New York State Ballet, and she has performed works by Balanchine, Edward Stewart, and Eva Anderson, as well as the full length classics. Emily choreographs for both contemporary and classical companies and schools and has been teaching at Project C Studio since 2011, and is the director of the ballet program. Emily believes in interpreting the art of ballet in a very specific, yet attainable way for all students.
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Bagels and cream cheese
Black and white
Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers, Sam Cooke, Twenty One Pilots
Favorite Place to Be
In West Virginia at my parents cabin!
If you were a dinosaur, what kind would you be?
Spike, that sleepy fat one from Land Before Time. He's a simple guy.
Do you have any pets?
I have a dog named Apollo and he's a muscly ball of energy.
What genre of dance is your favorite? Why?
Ballet- because every step has an original story behind it, and I feel like it's constantly challenging, which keeps me engaged.
What's your favorite full length ballet/performance/variation? Why?
I love to watch Balanchine's Jewels, because it shows different ways/flavors of ballet and it also has beautiful music.
Why do you dance?
If you wear pointe shoes, what kind do you wear?
I prefer Blochs or Freeds but now I have week old lady feet so I wear Gaynor Mindens.
What other jobs/activities/talents/passions do you pursue?
I love cooking and baking, and I go through phases where I do that really intensely...for two weeks. Same with crafts or research projects.
What are you looking forward to this season with Ballet Embody?