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Emily Hansel Emily Hansel is a San Francisco-based dancer and choreographer.

Originally from Rochester, Minnesota, Emily began her dance training at Allegro School of Dance and Minnesota Youth Ballet Academy. This training was augmented by the summer intensives of Alonzo King LINES Ballet, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and American Ballet Theatre. In 2012, Emily received the Homer Avila Award from Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Emily received her BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida, where she performed in works by Ohad Naharin, Alonzo King, Robert Moses, Maurice Causey, Bliss Kohlmyer, Paula Nunez, Andrew Carroll, Jeanne Travers, and Xiao Xiang Rong among others. In 2014, Emily attended the American Dance Festival School where she worked with choreographer Carl Flink and performed in his ADF-commissioned piece, Unkindness of Ravens. In 2015, she performed at the International Creative Dance Seminar at the Beijing Dance Academy and travelled to France with USF’s Dance in Paris Program. Upon her graduation in 2016, Emily received the awards of USF Undergraduate Scholar, King O’Neal Scholar, and Provost’s Scholar. She then relocated to San Francisco.

Emily currently dances for Post:Ballet, Robert Moses’ KIN, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, and FACT/SF and recently performed Cunningham repertory in Signals from the West: Bay Area Artists In Conversation with Merce Cunningham at 100. Emily has also performed with The Anata Project, Talli Jackson, Marika Brussel, Alma Esperanza Cunningham, Kristin Damrow Company, Brannigan Dance Works, and SOULSKIN Dance. Emily’s choreography has been presented at numerous venues throughout the Bay Area, Georgia, and Florida. She is currently under the choreographic mentorship of RoundAntennae.

When she isn’t performing or choreographing, Emily teaches ballet and contemporary to students ages 3 through 12 at the ODC School and Steppin’ Out Dance Studio. She also enjoys working in the numerous arts administration roles that she holds at ODC, FACT/SF, MFDP, and Linda Bulgo’s Musical Productions.

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