B.A. (Hons), English, Dalhousie University
KERSON,E_Danceshot_BWcropCREDITEmma Kerson grew up in Halifax and graduated from Dalhousie University in 2008 with a B.A. (Hons) in English, before graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2011.  She currently teaches in the Young Dancers’ Program at the School, and relishes the continual wealth of creative discovery she experiences with her students.  A passionate educator, she regularly teaches a contemporary class unit and choreographs for local high schools.  Most recently, she has taught workshops via DanceWorks, Tarragon Theatre, and the Toronto District School Board.

She has danced throughout Ontario for companies including Dancetheatre David Earle; Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects in work by Jennifer Dallas; Menaka Thakkar Dance Company; Niagara Dance Company in works by Elizabeth Chitty and Mary Jo Mullins; Toronto Heritage Dance in works by Patricia Beatty and David Earle; and Walk Run Dance in work by Michael Sean Marye.  She has also danced for a number of independent artists, collaborating with Jesse Dell, Kiri Figueiredo, Ana Groppler, Meagan O’Shea, and Jillian Peever.  In 2012 she co-produced and performed a full-length work choreographed by Sharon B. Moore.

Kerson has had the opportunity to perform and present her own choreography in Alberta, the Maritimes, and Ontario.  In 2014 she formed the company Common People, with Andrew Hartley, to expand their artistic possibilities by commissioning duets. The first of these is from Simon Renaud, titled l’inanité des bibelots / love would only slow me down.