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Meet Our Movers


The Emory Dance Program usually has between 40 and 50 majors and minors. Below, read about a few of our movers and their thoughts about studying dance in college!

Xavier Bell 22C

Majors: Dance and Movement Studies and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
Hometown: 
Pass Christian, MS

Movement for me began on a whim, in a freshman Modern I class I took to fulfill a P.E. credit. I'd grown up never experiencing movement or delving into what it meant to me, but I realized movement existed all around me. It's found in the exploration of one's steps, one's features, and the mundanity of simply sitting, the rhythm of pens clicking as the marker draws across the board. I balance my two majors by exploring how each binds the other, and simply never stop asking questions. I didn't grow up dancing, I followed a whim, a red string that floated past me in the wind. I love the program, and the major, as it allows me to ask those questions, and to not feel that my lack of dance experience makes me any less than the next dancer. My goals are to simply keep pushing, to keep asking questions, and to keep reaching for my happiness. College isn't solely about being the best, or about "just finishing." It's about exploring and understanding who you are and what you can be, savoring the sometimes fleeting moments of happiness, embracing those whims, and following the red strings that we happen upon in the wind.

Xavier Bell 22C

Raven Crosby 22C

Major/Minor: Environmental Science / Dance and Movement Studies
Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA

Dance has always been a part of my life, but so has environmental science. So, when it came time to choose a college, I knew that I wanted to pursue both of my passions. Emory was one of the few schools that I applied to that I felt would provide me with equal experiences and opportunities in both fields. As an environmental science major and dance and movement studies minor, I can explore both fields while finding the intersection between various concepts. What I love about Emory dance is how supportive the instructors and students are in dance courses. After graduating in the spring of 2022, I plan to obtain my Master of Public Health in environmental health from Rollins School of Public Health while engaging in the Atlanta dance community.

Raven Crosby 22C

Cynthia Martucci 22C

Major/Minor: Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology / Dance and Movement Studies
Hometown: Wilsonville, OR

Dance has unequivocally remained a major part of my life and the highlight of my college career thanks to the Emory Dance Program. As a student studying in two contrasting fields, I have been able to investigate the ways in which science and body movement can complement each other. Having established a program for Emory students to facilitate weekly dance classes for children in the Atlanta area with Down Syndrome, I have been able to explore the ways in which dance can serve as a healing therapeutic. What I love most about Emory Dance is the constant and encouraging support I receive from faculty, whether in regard to pursuing research in the field or creatively exploring new possibilities in movement. I have learned to think more deeply and critically, a skill that has manifested in the rest of my studies at Emory. I am indebted to the dance program for helping me gain confidence in myself as a mover, creator, and scholar. Dancing at Emory has empowered me to pursue my passions in a way I never could have imagined. It is a truly rewarding outlet for which I will always be grateful to be a part of.

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Merryn McKeough 22C

Majors: Dance and Movement Studies and Psychology
Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois

In dance classes and rehearsals, I am surrounded by curious, creative people who are deeply invested in their work, and the sense of community within the Emory Dance Program is really special. The program allows me to investigate my existing movement interests, like improvisation and movement invention, and exposes me to new ideas, techniques, and questions. No class or rehearsal is quite like the previous; in one day I might take modern technique, learn about dance careers in Art as Work, and do a collaborative movement generation exercise in rehearsal. I love that I always have something different to look forward to, and I find that there are always new things to discover through movement.

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Mia Shocket 24C

Majors: Dance and Movement Studies and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
Hometown: Washington, DC

Dance has always been my passion and I could not imagine a college experience without it. Throughout the application process, I found many schools that met my criteria academically but few that met my standards for dance. When I found Emory, I was met with the opportunity to double major in both dance and the sciences. The idea of nurturing creative scholars is real at Emory. Since arriving here, I have found a community of students like me. Double majoring is a balancing act, but the support of both the professors and students in the dance community have made all the difference. I am excited about where this journey will take me.

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Gabrielle Stearns 23C

Majors: Dance and Movement Studies and Human Health
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

I've always known I wanted to major in dance in college. What drew me to Emory's dance program was the idea of studying dance in an academic context. I came from a performing arts high school where I got to take lots of technique classes, but what I found I was really interested in was dance history, literacy, and science. I absolutely love getting the opportunity to study dance as both an artist and a scholar. Being a double major requires a little more planning and time management but is completely doable. I have always had interests spread across many subjects, so I really appreciate how supportive my Emory professors are in double majoring.

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Carly Wynans 22C

Majors: Dance and Movement Studies and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
Hometown: Brentwood, TN

My first year at Emory, I had no intention of studying dance. Had you asked me then, I would have said my competition background made me a decently well-rounded dancer, but there was little need to major/minor if I didn't want to dance professionally. Suffice to say, my outlook has changed considerably. The Emory Dance Company and the community cultivated by the dance program has shown me that not only is dance far more applicable than I once thought, but it's okay to do something just because I love it. Dance is how I've learned who I am, and it's how I still check in with my physical, mental, and emotional health. That's reason enough to continue to dedicate my time, even if I won't dance with a professional company after graduation.

Carly Wynans 22C

Emilio Zurita Ontiveros 22C

Majors: Dance and Movement Studies and Biology
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico

I started dancing a couple years back, and I realized it meant too much to me to be just a pastime, so I chose to major in dance. What blew me away about the dance program here is how free and creative they encourage us to be. In high school, dance was just about following instructions, but here I get to discover my own voice and move authentically.

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