Schoen Movement Company is a New York City-based modern dance group that prioritizes dance as a method to connect people and enrich quality of life. They are a three-time invitee to the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Dance Festival and have presented work at Gibney Dance, WestFest, Judson Memorial Church, and Joe’s Pub / DanceNOW. With support from the US State Department, Dance Motion USA/ Brooklyn Academy of Music, and American Dance Abroad, they collaborated with professionals in Tunisia which was then featured in a livestream broadcast viewed by people in 38 countries. 

Beyond the stage, SMC explores inventive and fresh avenues of dance performance. They produce site-specific happy hour performances in active breweries, and created the mini dance film series “Ten Tiny Dances” viewable online. SMC strives to be a model of economic fairness and transparency within the dance community.

Artistic Director/Choreographer


Emily Schoen, is a “Top 25 to Watch” Dance Magazine artist. She has received the Gibney Dance boo-koo grant for emerging artist in NYC, a Princess Grace Fellowship nomination by METdance, and residencies through the Catskills Mountain Foundation, (M)mix at Marymount Manhattan College, and the Tunisian National Theater in Tunis. She was Artist-In-Residence for Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning in their Choreographers and Composers series. She's won commissions for Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, METdance in Houston, Ormao in Colorado Springs, Mid-Pacific in Hawaii and has worked with university programs all over the country. 

Emily has danced for Kyle Abraham/AIM, Nejla Yatkin, the Metropolitan Opera in works by Doug Varone and Mark Morris, the Rolling Stones in their 50th Anniversary reunion tour, and for 8 years with Keigwin + Company. She’s performed at the nation’s finest theaters and toured internationally, including to Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Tunisia on a US State Department-sponsored tour, facilitated by Dance Motion USA.

She received her BFA in Dance and BS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona, and is lucky to be able to juggle her creative life with parenthood! 

Artist Statement

"Again and again, dance teaches me that when the filters fall away between people—when the boundaries of geography, religion and politics soften—the beginning and end of our relationships is always human.

My mission as a choreographer is to make work that speaks to our greater humanity and compels people to show up and engage with their community. I want dancers to feel brilliant and transcendental, while maintaining the authenticity of their everyday selves. I want the audience to see themselves in the humans on stage, and to feel moments of joy and reflection. And, in all instances, I hope that we may understand life more deeply through our dance experience."

-Emily Schoen

Emily is available for commissions, the setting of repertory, and masterclasses/ workshops. She loves working with both professionals and aspiring dancers. For more information, please submit through the "Contact" form above.