Emily Wright



I’m a dancer, movement educator, and author with a passion for the transformative power of movement. An experienced teacher of dance for all ages and a scholar with numerous publications, I'm available for workshops, master classes, lectures, writing, and consultation. 


I began my training at Dancers’ Studio in Knoxville, Tennessee, in German expressionist and Graham-based modern techniques under the direction of Irena Linn. I received a BFA in Dance from Belhaven University in 2002, an MFA in Performance and Choreography  from Arizona State University in 2007 and a PhD in Dance Studies from Texas Woman's University in 2016.


My teaching specializations include modern dance technique, intergenerational community dance, pedagogy, dance history, arts-based research, and embodied writing. I was Associate Professor of Dance and MFA Program Director at Belhaven University from 2008-2018, where I received the “Excellence in Higher Education Award” from the Mississippi Arts Alliance for Education (2016).


As a socially-engaged artist, a key part of my work is developing collaborative environments in which all voices, bodies, and experiences are valued and seen. I have developed interdisciplinary courses for arts-based community engagements; I've planned state-wide conferences that bring together multiple community partners in the arts; and I've created choreography that partners pre-professional dancers with community members ages 5-65.

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Duet with Caleb Mitchell. Photo by Matthew Palfenier.


I have 15 years experience with writing and editing of all kinds: blogs, web copy, advertisements, articles, and book chapters, and I’m the author of the forthcoming book, Dancing to Transform. I also have a strong record with grant-writing, curriculum design, and lecture presentations.