Artistic Director/Choreographer


Emily Schoen is a Wisconsin-born, New York City-based dancer and choreographer. As a choreographer, she has received the Gibney Dance boo-koo grant for emerging artist in NYC, a Princess Grace Fellowship nomination by METdance in Houston, and an emerging artist residency by the Catskill Mountain Foundation. She was selected as Artist-In-Residence at Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning for their Composer and Choreographer series, and a choreographer-in-residence for (M)mix at Marymount Manhattan College. She has set original works on Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Long Island Dance Projects, METdance in Houston, and students of Skidmore University, Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii, East Carolina University and the Hartt School in Connecticut.

Her company, Schoen Movement Company, is a three-time invitee to Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival and has presented original work at Joe's Pub DanceNOW, WestFest Top Floor, Greenspace, Steps on Broadway, and Gibney Dance. In 2016, the company produced two evenings of site-specific dance in active NYC breweries: Rockaway Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery. The latter included guest artists LoudHoundMovement and B.S Movement. In 2015, the company produced the mini dance film series: Ten Tiny Dances with the partnership of Nel Shelby Productions. One of the films premiered on the big screen at Triskelion Dance Film Lab Festival in Brooklyn. 

Schoen Movement Company secured support from the US State Department and Dance Motion USA / Brooklyn Academy of Music for an international dance collaboration in Tunisia. The company created a new work with SMC dancers and 5 local Tunisian professionals, titled "Here We Are." The culminating performance was broadcast all over the world, sponsored by Dance Motion USA via

As a dancer, Emily has worked with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, the Metropolitan Opera in works by Doug Varone and Mark Morris, and is a current member of Keigwin + Company where she participated in the DanceMotion/USA tour to Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Tunisia, sponsored by the US State Department and facilitated by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She received her BFA in Dance and BS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona. Dance Magazine chose Emily as one of their “Top 25 to Watch” in 2011.

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 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.