Born and raised in Madison, North Carolina, Emilee Harney began dancing at the age of 3. She received training at Dance Elite and Greensboro Ballet until fall of 2014, when she began pursuing a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. During her time at UNCSA, Emilee has performed and been featured in major works, including “Carnival of the Animals,” choreographed by Alexei Kremnev; “Scramble” and “Change of Address” by Merce Cunningham; “Sweet Fields” by Twyla Tharp and works choreographed by José Limón, Brenda Daniels, Trish Casey, Dawn Bazemore and Sean Sullivan.
In addition to UNCSA, Emilee trained for six weeks in the summer of 2016 at American Dance Festival (ADF), where she studied the Gaga movement language under LeeSaar the Company and performed their new work, “Bunker.” Now in her senior year at UNCSA, she continues her training under the Lettie P. Whitehead Scholarship for her talent and hard work. Emilee anticipates her graduation in May 2018, when she will be able to take all she has learned and continue to inspire others through dance.