Emily Tellier is originally from North Vancouver, Canada, and now resides in Brooklyn as a freelance dance artist. She has performed in various festivals and shows including Central Park’s SummerStage, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Ladies of Hip Hop Festival, and the Vancouver International Dance Festival. Emily has premiered works in both New York and Vancouver with various companies such as Joya Powell’s Movement of the People Dance Company, Stefanie Nelson Dance Group, 277 Dance Project, Heather Laura Gray, and Thryn Saxon. She can also be seen in Ingrid Michaelsonʼs newest music video, Celebrate, choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Through her work as Community Action Manager at Gibney, Emily also works throughout the city with youth outreach programs including Step It Up NYC, a youth engagement program that focuses on fusing dance and social justice.
Where did you grow up?: North Vancouver, Canada
What are the challenges and joys of being a dance artist in NYC?: The hustle is always present, but there are always ample opportunities that remind you why you do what you do. The city is hard, but the love and inspiration is also infinite.
What about Cardboard Stage do you connect with most? Daily experiences. Connection. The tunnel vision of your own success vs finding common ground with different communities. When it comes down to it, we are all doing the best we can in this crazy city.
If you could have dinner with one person (you don’t know) who would it be? What would you talk about? My gramma. We would talk about everything. Her life, my life, the world she grew up in, the world I'm growing up in.
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Emily Tellier will be performing in Cardboard Stage - October 18, 19, 20 at 8pm
Triskelion Arts - 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn NY. Tickets on Sale Now!
Photo: Anjola Toro