Emily SarkissianEmily started dancing at age 5, with training in both Vaganova technique and contemporary ballet. Under the tutelage of Mihailo Djuric at Ballet New England, she performed classical and contemporary ballets, and toured with the company throughout high school. Emily spent a year in the University of Utah ballet department, studying ballet, modern, character, acting, and technical theater skills. After leaving the dance world for several years, she returned to pursue modern work and academic studies at Appalachian State, and UNC at Asheville. In Chicago, she studied with Nana Shineflug, Birute Barodicaite, Mme Peff Modelski, and Nick Pupillo. She was a company member with Esoteric Dance Project, Kelly Anderson Dance Theater, SilDance/AcroDanza, and a guest artist with Chicago Dance Crash, Elements Contemporary Ballet, the Fly Honey ensemble, and freelance artists in one-off projects.
In 2016, Emily choreographed and performed in the Emmy award-winning short film, Emergence, in collaboration with Potenza Productions, and in 2019 starred in the short film, If The Mountain Comes via Quaronze Productions. Emily is based in NYC where she is both a company member of Lydia Johnson Dance, and freelance artist, teacher, writer, and creator.