Emily Stephenitch, a St.Louis native, began her training under Alexandra Zaharias and Amy Scheers. She was a company member to the pre-professional company Alexandra Ballet Company for six years and traveled each year with the company to participate in the RDA-Midwest festivals. While in high school Emily took many master classes and attended summer programs including Miami City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Kansas City Ballet. She graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Dance and Arts Administration, training under Marek Cholewa and Michelle Jarvis. While at Butler University, she had the opportunity to study in St. Petersburg at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. After graduation, she was chosen to be a member of Nashville Ballet 2 under direction Paul Vasterling and Sharyn Wood. The Alabama Ballet, under direction of Tracy Alvey, offered her a contract where she danced as an apprentice performing numerous company roles for two seasons. She was also on faculty at the Alabama Ballet School. Emily is happy to be back in the midwest and has been enjoying teaching at the Joffrey Academy since 2009.
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