Emily Cargill and Dancers is thrilled to make Charlotte, NC their new home!  Atlanta was a beautiful city, full of beautiful dancers who will be sorely missed.   But life's journey continues on and ECD is excited to join their new community of dancers, art-makers and art-lovers in North Carolina!  The show must go on!!


Emily Cargill and Dancers (ECD) wants to broaden Charlotte dance on a regional/national scale - touring work to other cities as well as bringing professional dance communities to the Charlotte area.  ECD creates work that artistically and physically pushes boundaries, exploring movement that is bold, honest, intimate and gutsy.  Founder and choreographer, Emily Cargill, encourages collaboration and an ongoing exchange of ideas between herself and the company members.  

The company's first performance was at the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, with the work meadow by a train (March 2014).

Emily’s (now) Charlotte-based company, has presented work all over the east coast, from Atlanta, to NYC, to Detroit, to Richmond, to Durham, to Tampa. Her work has been presented at the Art on the Atlanta Beltline, High Museum of Art, Skwirlhaus Theatre, Emory University's Performing Arts Studio, Dance Canvas’ 2016 & 2017 Emerging Choreographer Initiative, New Grounds Dance Festival, New Seeds Festival, OneSpark Festival, Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, Richmond Choreographic Initiative, Detroit Dance City Festival, North Carolina Dance Festival and the NYC10 Dance Festival. Emily has also been commissioned to set work by Staibdance, Jacksonville Dance Theatre, Braided Light Dance Project, Kennesaw State University, Georgia College and State University and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

Emily was the Choreographer in Residence at the 2013 Florida Dance Festival and a 2015 Small Plates Artist, a residency commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet and Zoetic Dance Ensemble.  Emily has set work on James Madison University’s pre-professional dance company, the Virginia Repertory Dance Company, and she was also commissioned for a 1-week residency with Washington and Lee University’s dance department.  In 2016, Emily taught modern technique and ECD repertory at the Georgia Ballet Summer Dance Intensive.

Emily Cargill and Dancers premiered shed at the Rialto Center for the Arts in February 2016 as a part of Dance Canvas’ Emerging Choreographer Initiative, and in 2017, with the premiere of fields.  April of 2017 brought with it the premiere of SLIT, an evening-length work, featuring choreography by Emily Cargill, Erik Thurmond, Kathleen Wessel and Kelly Bartnik and that October, ECD was commissioned to create a new work for the 2016 Skwhirlhaus Performance Season where they premiered ‘ghost ships’.

Last season was jam packed!  Along with offering open company/community class,  the company hit the road to Richmond, Virginia last April.  fields was presented by the Richmond dance company, Starr Foster Dance, and was selected as a part of the 15th Annual Richmond Choreographic Showcase.  We had a great time!  Read a review of ECD's Richmond performance here. 

This season, the company premiered their biggest project to date, quiet beings, at Emory University's Performing Arts Studio in January.  This evening-length work featured the choreography of Emily Cargill and dissected the emotional and physical quest of self, as one teeters on the edge of old and new, past and present, memories and dreams.  This work also was presented by Atlanta's High Museum of Art in February and made it's North Carolina premiere at the North Carolina Dance Festival last October.


Premiere of hollowed, in association with the Mint Museum and the city-wide Connect with Culture Day. This work is commissioned by the Mint Museum and has been created in response to three works of art that are currently on display. Please, join us for this immersive performance experience in the gorgeous and lofty Atrium space at the renowned Mint Museum. More info available here.