Q & A with Emily Dyson
April 6, 2016
Why do you dance?
I am not always good with my words or speaking in front of people and dance allows me to be the most honest version of myself without any reservations. Dance also helps push me to new boundaries and gives me the opportunity to discover something new about myself every day.
If you hadn't been a dancer, what would you be doing?
If I hadn't had the chance to become a dancer, I would have loved to either work for the government in counter terrorism or to become a school teacher.
What other exercise/physical training do you spend time with besides dance classes? How does that help?
Cross training for dancers is extremely important for injury prevention and body maintenance, but finding the time outside my work at DK and teaching to do so is always hard. Over the last year I have started taking BioCored in the morning before class - I've found it really helps with upper body strength and overall control.
What inspires you when you're creating choreography? What is the biggest challenge for you in that process?
Most of the time it is either my students or the music that inspire me the most as I am choreographing. I am very lucky to work with a wonderful group of students who help open my mind to new ideas as I am working with them. The most challenging part of choreographing a piece for me is finishing it. I usually know how I want the piece to look overall, but putting a good clean finish to it is always a struggle for me.
What is your favorite part of teaching dance? What's the biggest challenge? Where do you teach?
My absolute favorite part of teaching is the moment of excitement I see on my students' faces when something finally clicks or when they accomplish something they have really been working for. It is one of the most rewarding experiences. Something I enjoy doing in all of the classes I teach is making complicated, challenging combinations. But I've realized in doing so, I sometimes I lose the essence of the actual movement - that is one thing I struggle with right now as a teacher. I teach at Academy of Dance Arts in Fishers and at Stage 1 Dance Academy in Greenwood.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Pizza, no doubt about it. I would eat everyday if I could.
What one piece of advice would you give a student who wants to dance professionally?
My advice for any student who wishes to dance professionally is to be sponge. Soak up as much information as you possibly can. Always be in class and remember that you can never take too many ballet classes.