A Dancer of Many Talents

Spotlight Date: 
October 31, 2013
Emily Schwartz

Emily Schwartz is a dancer with a myriad of talents.  At age 4, Emily’s mom signed her up for gymnastics, ice skating and dance to find out where her interest might be. She fell in love with dance and has been dancing since.  

This spring, when Emily was only a sophomore, she was awarded the Edward H. Benenson Scholarship to attend a summer program.  The Benenson Scholarships are given to one student in each art area who excels in their discipline. She attended Hubbard Street Summer Intensive at Iowa University for 4 weeks. “We danced from 9 am to 6 pm with a couple of breaks but it was very intense.  I had classes in ballet, contemporary, Horton Modern and Pilates. We also had the experience of learning the Hubbard street repertoire with actual company members instructing the dancers.”  

“Hubbard Street taught me new ways of movement and ways to express my dancing differently than I was used to. The style was more of a hard hitting contemporary and the ballet was more of a contemporary ballet-very big movement and traveling with the ballet.”

Emily said every dance teacher she has had has influenced her.  Being able to work with many choreographers and dance instructors have definitely widened her horizons. One special teacher has been Maria Konrad.  “I met Maria Konrad (an artist in residence at Dreyfoos) and began going to her studio last year (the Florida School for Dance Education). She has definitely helped me in my dance career.”

One guest artist that particularly inspired Emily was Melissa Rector, the Assistant Artistic Director with the Koresh Dance Company out of Philadelphia.  Emily studied with her over the summer at the Florida School for Dance Education. “The movement she used is very similar to the movement I was using. The class was tough and she pushed me. I was able to relate to her and her style.”

Emily is also interested in the visual and technical areas of performance - photography, film, and digital media. When performing at the Eissey Theatre this past summer, she discovered she is fascinated with lighting and sound, and loves to edit the music for the pieces she choreographs. 

When speaking of Dreyfoos, she said the school has offered her an amazing dance program that one couldn’t get anywhere else; combined with academics that are very challenging. “Dreyfoos means a lot to me. I wouldn’t have the opportunities that I am receiving now if I didn’t go here.

As far as the future, Emily is having a hard time narrowing down her interests.  She is considering studying arts and technology as well as dance. She may even look into Arts Administration.  Southern Methodist University and Point Park are her top choices for college.  After school, she would love to teach dance or choreography and come up with innovative ways to intertwine dance and technology.