Emily Schoen is a Wisconsin-born, New York City-based dancer and choreographer. As a choreographer, she has received the Gibney Dance boo-koo grant for emerging artist in NYC, a Princess Grace Fellowship nomination by METdance in Houston, and an emerging artist residency by the Catskill Mountain Foundation. She was selected as Artist-In-Residence at Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning for their Composer and Choreographer series, and a choreographer-in-residence for (M)mix at Marymount Manhattan College. She has set original works on Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Long Island Dance Projects, METdance in Houston, and students of Skidmore University, Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii, East Carolina University and the Hartt School in Connecticut.
Her company, Schoen Movement Company, is a three-time invitee to Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Festival and has presented original work at Joe's Pub DanceNOW, WestFest Top Floor, Greenspace, Steps on Broadway, and Gibney Dance. In 2016, the company produced two evenings of site-specific dance in active NYC breweries: Rockaway Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery. In 2015, the company produced the mini dance film series: Ten Tiny Dances with the partnership of Nel Shelby Productions. In 2017 Schoen Movement Company secured support from the US State Department and Dance Motion USA / Brooklyn Academy of Music for an international dance collaboration in Tunisia.
As a dancer, Emily has worked with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, the Metropolitan Opera in works by Doug Varone and Mark Morris, and is a current member of Keigwin + Company. She received her BFA in Dance and BS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona. Dance Magazine chose Emily as one of their "Top 25 to Watch" in 2011.
Again and again, dance teaches me that when the filters fall away between people—when the boundaries of geography, religion and politics soften—the beginning and end of our relationships is always human.
In March, I traveled with Keigwin + Company to Cote D'Ivoire, Ethiopia and Tunisia, on a tour sponsored by the US State Department and facilitated by DanceMotion USA/Brooklyn Academy of Music. Our mission was cultural diplomacy: Simply, to share ourselves with diverse communities, to promote common understanding and friendships.
Our last stop was Tunisia. Until that point, we had mostly been learning varieties of traditional African dance, and sharing American modern dance. But Tunisia was different. The dancers already had a solid grasp of contemporary movement invention. Though we didn't speak the same language, we could make movement vocabulary with surprising ease. Everything about our backgrounds was different, but there was this special intersection through dance that seemed to present an open door to collaboration.