Emily Barrows

Trainee since 2017

Emily began dancing at eight at her local dance studio where she quickly discovered her passion for classical ballet. She attended many summer intensive programs including Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Orlando Ballet School, Ballet Austin, and Atlanta Ballet. In 2016, she was offered a full scholarship to the Conservatory program at Atlanta Ballet, where she was privileged to perform in company roles. She also studied at Koltun Ballet Boston.

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Whom do you most admire and why?

My dad because he has defied the odds in his own profession with his determination, perseverance, and work ethic. He is a daily reminder to me that hard work does pay off and that anything is possible if you want it badly enough.

What excites you creatively?

Getting to be a part of a new work. There is something very special about being choreographed on for the first time because there aren’t really any preconceived ideas of what the movement is supposed to look like.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?

I am currently studying kinesiology (the study of the mechanics of body movements) and I think it would be amazing to use this in helping other people with physical disabilities.

What is the best piece of dance advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t waste your time dwelling on your imperfections and comparing yourself to other dancers. Use what you have, work hard, and believe in yourself.

What are your favorite roles? 

  • • The Happy Prince & Other Wilde Tales, choreography by Penny Saunders (2018)
  • • One, choreography by Uri Sands (2018)
  • • Snow & Flowers, The Nutcracker, choreography by Val Caniparoli (2017)
  • • Swing, choreography by Olivier Weavers (2017)