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, a Baryshnikov Arts Center “BAC Space Resident,” and have been presented at Gibney Dance, WestFest, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Liberty Hall Museum, the historic Judson Memorial Church, and Joe’s Pub / DanceNOW. With support from the US State Department - US Embassy Tunis, Dance Motion USA/ Brooklyn Academy of Music, and American Dance Abroad, they collaborated with professionals in Tunisia. The work 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. One of the “Ten Tiny Dances” was accepted into the Triskelion Arts Dance Film Lab where it was shown on the big screen. SMC strives to be a model of economic fairness and transparency within the dance community.

Schoen Movement Company seeks to:

1- Unite people from different demographics through movement, and in doing so, elicit moments of joy, reflection, and perspective on our shared humanity

2- Continually seek inventive and fresh avenues of dance performance, that make dance more adapted to modern society and forward the field as a whole

3- Enable opportunity within the dance community by prioritizing partnerships: with fellow artists in the field, and with organizations outside the field, by excavating common interest

4- Be a model of economic fairness and transparency within the dance community

Artistic Director/Choreographer


Emily Schoen is a New York City-based dance artist, named “Top 25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine.

Emily is a sought-after choreographer and educator. Baryshnikov Arts Center chose her as their Martha Duffy Resident Artist for their BAC Space Residency. She’s also won the Gibney Dance boo-koo grant for emerging artist in NYC, a Princess Grace Fellowship nomination by METdance, and various residencies including at the Tunisian National Theater. She has been Artist-In-Residence at multiple organizations, including for Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning’s Choreographers and Composers series. She’s won commissions for Santa Barbara Dance Theater, METdance (Houston), Ormao (Colorado Springs), Columbia Ballet Collaborative (New York), and has taught for university programs all over the country.

As a freelance dancer, Emily has performed with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, 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. With Keigwin, she toured to Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Tunisia, sponsored by Dance Motion USA / BAM and the US State Department.

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.