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Why Do YOU Dance? An Interview With Elizabeth Emery

Posted by mstiffy on October 10, 2011 at 12:30 AM


During the month of October, MTD is bringing you a new interview series entitled, "Why Do YOU Dance?" We will be interviewing dance educators, dancers, choreographers, and all around dance enthusiats to get different viewpoints on why dance is so important in their lives. Our first interview takes us to Charlotte, NC.


Elizabeth Emery is the owner of Dancers Unite Fine Arts Academy in Charlotte, NC.


1) Tell me a little about your dance background.


I started taking dance lessons at the age of 3 and began dancing competitively at the age of 7. I have performed and competed up and down the East Coast, as well as taken dance classes (from such places as Broadway Dance Center in New York and the Boston Ballet School ). I have studied many different types of dance, including ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical and more. I also started teaching dance at the age of 13 and have taught hundreds of students in the dance studio setting as well as at local schools.


2) Do you think dance is important for everyone? Why?


Yes! Dance can bring so much joy to a person’s life. Dancing is fun as well as a wonderful way to escape from the stress and problems of the outside world. Also, learning new dance steps and styles is exciting and can give you a feeling of great accomplishment. These are things that can benefit everyone!


3) What is your favorite style to teach or perform?


Although I love many styles of dance, tap is my favorite.


4) Tell me about a (fun, scary, emotional etc.) experience you had while dancing or teaching?


My family and I have always enjoyed vacationing at Disney World together. An experience I’ll never forget is getting to dance in Disney World. Dancing in Disney World – performing on stage in the Magic Kingdom , being able to dance for the crowds in the park – was so much fun!


5) Why do YOU dance?


I dance because I love it! I dance because dancing has brought me so much joy over the years, continues to bring me so much joy, and I love sharing that joy with others.


Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your story with us. Much success to you and your wonderful studio. To learn more about Elizabeth and Dancers Unite Fine Arts Academy please visit the following:




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