Emily Stein has been dancing, teaching and making dances in Chicago and around the country for over 20 years. Her ongoing project is called Secret Experiments in Ballet, a series of dances playing in the intersection of improvisation and the ballet vocabulary. Her interest lies in slamming together the vocabulary and images of classical ballet with the processes and philosophies of experimental dance.
In April 2016, she premiered the next installment of the series: Secret Experiments in Ballet #4: Phantom Dance to critical acclaim. Phantom Dance was inspired by the Romantic ballet images of Wilis and sylphs, the supernatural incarnations of women that have become the underpinnings of the “ballerina” identity.
Emily is a sought after teacher and currently teaches throughout the Chicago area, working with students from beginners to professionals. She is also training in the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education, which uses movement to develop awareness to improve function, whether that function is performing a pirouette, hitting a tennis ball or reaching for your morning coffee.