Emily Stein is an Adjunct Professor at the Dance Center of Columbia College, where she has taught ballet technique, dance pedagogy and Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®. Emily is a veteran of Chicago’s dance scene, dancing, choreographing and teaching throughout the area and nationally. Her current choreographic series, Secret Experiments in Ballet, collides her classical training with her experimental dance experience, to play in the intersection of improvisation and the ballet tradition. Her Secret Experiments have been performed since 2012, supported by the Illinois Arts Council and the City of Chicago DCASE. SEB #5: The Godmothers premiered in May of 2018 at Dovetail Studios. From 1993 to 2011, she was Associate Artistic Director of Zephyr Dance, and her work has been performed around the US. In her performance career, she has worked with many independent choreographers, including Deborah Hay, performing Hay’s 2002 solo Beauty. Emily's academic teaching credits include the University of Iowa TAG program, Smith College, Hampshire College, and Barat College. For decades, she has taught ballet throughout the area, to students ranging from beginners to professional dancers. In addition to teaching at the Dance Center, she currently teaches at Dovetail Studios and Northwest Ballet Academy. She holds BA in Dance from the University of Iowa, an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College, and is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, teaching classes and maintaining a private practice.
Dance Center of Columbia College
Creative Practice and Research Interests
Choreography, Dance Technique, Somatic Education and The Feldenkrais Method
B.A., Dance University of Iowa 1987
M.F.A., Choreography & Performance Smith College 1992