Artistic Director/Choreographer


Emily Schoen comes from the small town of Brookfield, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Arizona where she was graduated with honors in Dance and Nutritional Sciences. While in school, she was awarded the Undergraduate Creative Achievement Award for the School of Dance. Emily is now a New York City transplant where she teaches, choreographs, and presents work. She was the recipient of the Gibney Dance boo-koo grant for emerging artist in NYC, was chosen as Top 5 for the Houston Met Emerging Choreographer residency, and was a choreographer-in-residence at Marymount Manhattan College for the (M)mix. She has set original works on Salve Regina University, Glendale Community College, Long Island Dance Projects, Skidmore College, and the Hartt School. Emily conceived and created Schoen Movement Company’s dance film series: Ten Tiny Dances with the partnership of Nel Shelby Productions. In June, one of the films premiered on the big screen at Triskelion Dance Film Lab Festival in Brooklyn.

Her company, Schoen Movement Company, is a three-time invitee to Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival and has presented original work at WestFest Top Floor, Greenspace, Steps on Broadway, and Gibney Dance. As a result of their 2014 Pillow performance, Schoen Movement Company was featured in the book "B is for Berkshires" as the representative for the page "J is for Jacob's Pillow." 

As a dancer, Emily is a current member of Keigwin + Company, has guested with Abraham.In.Motion, and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera in works by Mark Morris and Doug Varone. Dance Magazine chose Emily as one of their “Top 25 to Watch” in 2011.

Financial Philosophy

At Schoen Movement Company, we strive to be transparent about our finances. This is because we are good with money. We know how to make and keep a budget, and how to make a lot happen with limited resources. In a world where dancers oftentimes work for minimal stipends or even for free just so they can dance, we pride ourselves in paying dancers fair wages, on par with the major modern dance companies of New York City. We prioritize this because it’s right.

Below, you’ll find a breakdown of how all funds have been used. In showing you our financial aptitude, we hope you’ll see that we have a sturdy and ethical business foundation in addition to being great dance-makers, and that this will raise your confidence in us as an emerging company.