dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and artist
learning, creating, experiencing, sharing
Emily Robison has both formal and informal training in the fields of dance, choreography, film, and photography. She began to actively pursue dance as a career when she moved from Wichita, Kansas to Houston, Texas in 2011. In high school, she trained daily in classical ballet and modern dance techniques as well as dance history, choreographic process, costume design, and technical theatre. Although she spent more than three hours every day training, Robison took it upon herself to expand beyond the classroom: she experimented with photography and film, two areas which were almost entirely foreign to her. She quickly discovered that not only was photography and film a way to document live work, but that the two mediums had artistic purpose and merit.
While in high school, she made her professional debut in Big Range Dance Festival (2012); performed in an evening-length production of Regifting Lions, choreographed and produced by Toni Valle, Catalina Alexandra, and Lynn Lane (2012); and starred in a guest artist piece by Andre Tyson, assistant dean at the California Institute of the Arts (2015). In addition, she filmed, produced, and performed in several experimental dance films of her own: Bruits de Train (2012), Misgivings (2014), and Repercussions (2014). Repercussions – among 18 other international films – was screened in Houston, Texas and Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania in the Third Coast Dance Film Festival (2014). In her senior year of high school, she was named one of Houston's Top 100 Creatives for choreography and film (2014) and choreographed a short work, Loft (2015).
In her first year at SHSU, Robison performed in graduate student Margaret Leary’s The Belly of the Beast (2015), SHSU dance faculty Andy and Dionne Noble’s The Cutting Room Floor (2015), and several dance for cameras. She performed in her choreographic work of On the Edge (2016) in the Dances @ 8 student production at SHSU, the same piece that was performed at the Barn in Houston in the Barnstorm Dance Festival of June 2016. While participating as a work-study intern at Strictly Seattle Dance Intensive 2016, Robison created a two-minute dance film, Something to Gawk At (2016). Robison's largest and most recent work, Blind Consequences (2017), was performed in the undergraduate show Dances @ 8 at SHSU.
Sam Houston State University (SHSU) | Huntsville, TX | 2015 - present
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) | Houston, TX | 2011 - 2015
Robison began her training at age eight in a small elementary school studio in Wichita, Kansas. She began in modern and jazz classes, and she quickly improved. By age twelve, she was dancing with high school juniors and seniors, and by age thirteen, she had been accepted to HSPVA.
At HSPVA, she trained daily in the Cecchetti and Bournonville methods of ballet technique, as well as Graham-, Limon-, and Horton-based modern dance techniques. She studied under Fara Bowen, Janie Carothers, Luanne Carter, Adrian Ciobanu, Jeanne Doornbos, Jodee Engle, Laura Gutierrez, Courtney Jones, and Denise Smokoski Williams -- all of which are currently or have been active in the dance community. In addition to daily classes, she took many master classes from an innumerable amount of notable guest artists and companies such as Ad Deum Dance Company, Ate9 Dance Company, Limon Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus, the Scottish Ballet, and many more. Robison also received training in jazz dance, musical theatre, and tap dance techniques as well. Her education at HSPVA ended with her graduation in May 2015.
Now at SHSU, Robison dances a minimum of twenty hours per week. This time is consumed by dance classes and rehearsals. So far, she has studied under dance professors Elijah Gibson, Jennifer Mabus, Dana Nicolay, Andy Noble, and Jennifer Pontius. She primarily takes ballet and modern classes which emphasize not only technique but performance quality as well.
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