B.A. (Hons), English, Dalhousie University

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Emma 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 is the co-director of the School’s Summer Dance Camp.  A passionate educator, she relishes the continual wealth of creative discovery she experiences with her students.  She is a faculty member with the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, and regularly teaches a contemporary class unit for local high schools. In addition, she has taught workshops with DanceWorks, Tarragon Theatre, and the Toronto District School Board.

Primarily Toronto-based, she has danced for an eclectic group of choreographers and companies including Dancetheatre David Earle, Kẹmi Contemporary Dance Projects (Jennifer Dallas), Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, Niagara Dance Company (Elizabeth Chitty), Toronto Heritage Dance (Patricia Beatty, Robert Desrosiers, David Earle, Peter Randazzo), and Walk Run Dance (Michael Sean Marye).  She has also performed works by Julia Aplin, Jesse Dell, Kiri Figueiredo, Ana Groppler, Sharon B. Moore, Meagan O’Shea, Jillian Peever, and Simon Renaud.

She formed the collective Common People with Andrew Hartley in 2014.  Their show Blue Valentine was presented in February 2017 by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, and featured work by Simon Renaud and Tedd Robinson.

Her own choreography blends unbridled feminism, sincere physicality, and a dry comedic wit. She has been presented throughout Alberta, Ontario, and the Maritimes, most recently working as a researching choreographer with Mocean Dance.