I started Emily Cargill and Dancers in 2014 after moving back to Atlanta from Jacksonville, Florida. I was the co-artistic director of Braided Light dance Project in Florida, and that ignited the flame to start ECD once I moved back to Atlanta. Choreography is something that just makes sense on my brain. Some people are good with directions. Some people are good cooks. I’m good at making dances. The shaping of the work, the arc of the piece, the movement of the dancers in space -I;m always choreographing. I have a notebook in my purse that I pull out at least ten times a day to jot down ideas, inspiration… or my favorite times, when a transition or “I finally know what needs to happen next in the duet!” appears in my mind’s eye. My dancers are sensational. We have a very collaborative environment in the rehearsal process. I swear sometimes that can read my mind. They inspire me to try new things, find a bizarre answer to a problem. take risks, be bold, be weird, be loud. Choreographing allows my inner thoughts to take shape and physically shape the internal images that are constantly floating around in my head.
Emily has danced with the Atlanta-based modern dance company, Staibdance, as well as in works by Gregory Catellier (Catellier Dance Project), Corian Ellisor, Kathleen Wessel, David Dorfman, Jacksonville Dance Theatre and Braided Light Dance Project.
Emily has her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University and her BA in Dance from James Madison University.
Emily has taught as an adjunct professor of dance at Spelman College, Kennesaw State University, Georgia College and State University, and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, located in Jacksonville, FL. Emily has also been on faculty at the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Academy of Ballet and Dance, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and the Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee. Emily currently teaches as a guest artist at Brenau University and the Galloway School in Atlanta.