Emily Bennett is a native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She began dancing at age nine. At fourteen she began her formal training under Lynne Bolitho, director of the Marquette Center for Dance, Marquette, MI. There she had the opportunity to perform many classical lead roles in productions of Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. She also danced leading roles and contributed choreography for many original works created exclusively for the Marquette Center for Dance. At age 16 she was asked to do student teaching at the center and it became apparent that she possessed a natural ability to draw out the best in her students. Three years later she was given her own classes. In 1999 she became the director of the ballet program at the Academy of Dance in Escanaba, MI for two years. In 2003 she moved to the Milwaukee area where she completed her formal training at The Milwaukee Ballet School while teaching at Encore Studio of Dance in South Milwaukee. In 2006 she was promoted to Director of Ballet Instruction at Encore Studio of Dance. While there she directed several performances for the inpatient care unit of Columbia Hospital. In 2008 she became a resident faculty member with the Milwaukee Ballet School. She is currently majoring in Psychology at the UWM intending to become a certified dance therapist in the future. Emily makes her home in Milwaukee with her son Noah. Emily joined the Pieces cast in the Fall of 2011.
“It is said that “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” My heart for this project is to spread a message of hope and healing to those who feel none exists for them. I am grateful to be in a place where I can use dance to share my heart with others. ” -Emily L. Bennett