Emily Adams is an American ballet dancer and choreographer.
Originally from Newtown, PA, she trained at the School of American Ballet before joining Ballet West II in 2005 and the main company in 2007. She was promoted to Principal Artist in 2015.
She began choreographing as a student, participating in the New York Choreographic Institute’s Spring Session 2004.
Emily has created six ballets for Ballet West. Her most recent work, The Thing with Feathers, featured an original score by Sundance Institute Fellow, Katy Jarzebowski.
She was awarded the Utah Arts Festival’s Choreographic Commission in 2017. Her creation, Laden, is now included in Ballet West II’s repertoire.
In August 2019, Emily collaborated with The Way of the Rain, Sibylle Szaggers Redford, and composer Tim Janis to create Earth Movements: A Symphony for Ballet. The ballet was presented at the UN 68th International NGO Conference.
She ” powerfully interpret[s] the complexity of human nature—examining the trusting, harmonious and creative sides of ourselves in addition to the destructive.”The Utah Review
“The structure of [the ballet] was fascinating, and it wasn’t just skillful invention. The choreography within the piece was substantive and the performance of it was exceptionally clean.”Salt Lake Tribune
“highly musical and witty”
“incredibly detailed and thought-provoking”lovedancemore.org
“Choreographer-dancer Emily Adams did everything right in her ‘Mixed Signals,’ while also remaining structurally inventive.”Salt Lake Tribune