Season Overview

2019-2020 Season

The Emory Dance and Movement Studies Program is a curiosity-driven environment that values collaborative relationships, unique perspectives that emerge from the imagination, and original movement research.


Creativity Conversation: Israel Institute Visiting Artist Dafi Altabeb

Altebeb is a musician, dancer and choreographer whose impressive career includes performances in major international venues. She is a three-time recipient of the Israeli Ministry of Culture Excellence Award.

This semester-long residency is funded by The Israel Institute and the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Artist in Residence program. Photo by Nini Moshe


staibdance: fence

Founded upon dramatic, life-changing events encountered as a child in Iran, Emory Dance faculty member George Staib and his company embark on their most political and socially driven work to date.

fence is a journey into a messy world of power struggles and dismissed histories, and it is an examination of how “otherness” can rob our power or become its source. Staib’s intensely physical movement vocabulary will bond with traditional Iranian dance, exploring unrest felt personally and globally. Through rich and compelling collaborations with musicians; composers; and scenic, lighting and digital designers, audiences become woven into the work, giving shape to the dialogue about what takes your power and what gives you power.

fence was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Emory Dance Company

Emory Dance Company performs new contemporary works by Israeli guest artist Dafi Altabeb; Atlanta guest artists Jessica Bertram and Kristin O’Neal; and Emory Dance faculty Julio Medina and Lori Teague.


African Dance Showing

Dancers who are studying World Dance Forms: African Dance this semester will present dances from West Africa.

Fieldwork Showcase

Emory Dance partners with CORE Dance and The Field in New York to share new work created by Atlanta artists. The ten-week workshop leading up to the showcase provides feedback, support, structure, and community for artists in any medium.

Photo by Synapse Photography, featuring artist Jessica Anderson in the Core Dance Fieldwork Showcase 2018


Informal Showing

Students from dance classes will present their work from the semester.

Honors Thesis Concert

Student Maria McNiece presents her honors thesis research.


Emory Dance Company

The Emory Dance Company performs new works by student choreographers.