Emily Reed

Company Member since 2018

From Monee, Illinois, Emily began dancing when she was three. She studied at Faubourg School of Ballet followed by the Ruth Page Center of the Arts, where she trained under beloved ballet master Larry Long. Emily attended various summer intensives across the country on scholarship and was one of the first trainees for Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Emily spent 2010–12 in the Milwaukee Ballet II program where she performed a wide range of repertoire with MBII and in the main company productions.

She spent six seasons with Minnesota Ballet and danced such roles as Lucy in Dracula, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, in Salvatore Aiello’s Clowns and Others, and in George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Tarantella. Emily has also performed in the Lake Arts Project in Milwaukee, WI, as well as guested for the St. Lucie Ballet in The Nutcracker as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

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Whom do you most admire and why?

I am slightly obsessed with Maria Kochetkova. I love her movement quality in everything she dances. I also find her life outside of ballet fascinating, like her fashion choices and how she finds time to explore all the cities her career brings her.

What excites you creatively?

A layered character that goes through an emotional journey.

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

I would love to own a little vegan cafe one day.

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

Remember to breathe.

What are your favorite roles? 

  • Tarantella, choreography by George Balanchine (2011 & 2017)
  • • Lucy, Dracula, choreography by Robert Gardner (2012 & 2016)
  • • Titania, Midsummer Night’s Dream, choreography by Robert Gardner (2014)
  • • Indian Brave, Peter Pan, choreography by Michael Pink (2012)
  • Celts, choreography by Lila York (2012)
  • • Clara, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2003)