Emily Poli

A Florida native, Emily is a Jacksonville University graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a minor in Kinesiology. Her early dance training focused on the ballet aesthetic, but has expanded through her training in university where she was exposed to Modern dance (Limon, Gaga, Muller techniques), commercial styles (Street Jazz, Vogue, dance on film), and collaborated with MFA candidates on their choreographic thesis projects. Her college experience allowed her to work directly with teaching artists who instilled a deep awareness of what dance means to human existence, the healing nature of the arts, and the role of dance as an integral element of human nature, which have all become pillars to her approach to dance. Following graduating from school, Emily had the pleasure of accepting a contract to work with the second company of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (Cleo II) which brought her out to Denver, Colorado. While out West, Emily also worked with the Hannah Kahn Dance Company and Wonderbound, until deciding it was time for her to move back East, landing back in Jacksonville. It is a great pleasure for Emily to join the JDT company this season, and she is very excited to come back to a place that feels like home.