Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! My name is Emerson and I am so excited to share my dance articles and video series with you.
I am a professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer with over twenty years of experience in the performing arts.
My goal is to help dancers of all ages from beginners to professionals hone their skills and expand their individual creativity through educational videos, tutorials, classes, and discussions about dance, as well as offer online exercise classes for anyone looking to get in shape or add a little bit more movement to their day.
You’ll find a wide variety of topics covered in these articles and my videos, from ballet technique tips, to full virtual classes, to question and answer segments and discussions about dance history, education, and health.
You’ll also notice that I do things a little bit differently than what you might see from some of my peers. I have several health conditions that can affect my physical movements, as well as my overall energy and pain levels. I have been diagnosed with scoliosis, fibromyalgia, and joint hypermobility syndrome, which many doctors believe is a part of the Ehlers Danlos syndrome spectrum. Along with these three conditions, some of my bone structure has developed in unique ways, which may affect the appearance of my legs, arms, and overall body placement in certain positions and movements.
All of these can sometimes make it a bit more challenging for me to perform certain movements in the typical fashion, and my ongoing battle with pain and fatigue can sometimes keep me from being able to sustain prolonged periods of stamina on occasion. But I continue to push through these challenges and learn new ways to approach my dance technique that fit with the way my body is built, and I hope that my journey encourages you to keep trying and to never give up pursuing what you love to do no matter the challenges you may face.
My teaching method focuses on a disciplined approach and correct technique with an emphasis on physical and mental health. It is my belief that motivating students and professionals to be their best should never be the result of making them feel inferior, unintelligent, or like they will only succeed through a harsh and emotionally harmful training regimen.
So in my lessons – both online and in person – it is my intention to provide accurate training and truthful feedback in a positive and encouraging light.
This new virtual approach to learning is meant to supplement the in-class learning that students already receive at their own studios and schools that they attend. If you are a dancer or your child is a dancer and not already enrolled in any in-person classes, I encourage you to do so if you are able. But as we all have seen a shift toward more at-home learning, my hope is that these articles and videos can be a great resource for you as you expand your dance knowledge and skills from home or where ever you may be.