Emily Vanderkley

Class: Pure Ballet
Location: Atlanta, GA

Emily recently retired from a 12 year professional dancing career having performed all over the world. Before taking on her 7 years with Royal Caribbean International Productions, she performed with the Atlanta Ballet and Bacchus Productions. She began, on full scholarship her senior year, to the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education under the direction of Sharon Story. Then after graduating High School, performed for an additional 3 seasons with the company taking

the stage in productions such as: John McFall's Alice In Wonderland, The Nutcracker and Peter Pan, Michael Pink's World Premier of Romeo and Juliet, Fernand Nault's Carmina Burana, Stanton Welch's US debut of Madame Butterfly, and George Balanchine's Serenade. Emily was also cast to perform at the Fabulous Fox Theater's 75th Anniversary show in 2004. For the last 7 years, she performed with RCI in Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, the East Coast and all over the Caribbean. While performing for RCI, she also became an accomplished wardrobe and wig supervisor for the productions casts of the largest ship's at sea overseeing as many as 3 production shows at a time. In between contracts, she began teaching ballet, jazz and Broadway Movement, choreographing and coaching for the Georgia Youth Ballet Company in Fayetteville, GA under the direction of Magdalena Maury, Jonsie Pollock and Randi Lancaster. One of her GYB students took home the bronze medal at the Youth American Grand Prix competition for Emily's arrangement of the Giselle Act II Variation. Then in 2010 and 2011, she was honored to have her piece "Emue" and “Misguided” chosen to be performed in the Festival Showcase for established choreographers, at the South Eastern Regional Ballet Association's annual conference. She also choreographed "Here I Am" for the Eagles Landing Dance Center 2010 competition team, which took 1st Place. Also, this past summer 2011, Emily was invited by Mitch Flanders to teach and choreograph at his two week Festival Dance Intensive held at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Emily continues to choreograph for the GYB, teach at Eagles Landing Dance Center in Stockbridge, Studio D in Griffin and was recently hired to teach for Dance101 in Atlanta.