Emma Draves is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer with a boundless interest in searching out what she does not yet understand. After obtaining Dance and Sociology/Anthropology degrees from Denison University, Emma lived for a short while in New York City - studying with Jacklyn Villamil and Oliver Steele and working as an archivist for the fabulous Ballets Trockadero. Since, Draves has settled in Chicago with Mordine & Company Dance Theatre and Natya Dance Theatre. Side projects have allowed her the experience of performing in Lookingglass Theatre's production of Sita Ram, collaborating with Victory Gardens' production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, and dancing for Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Orchestra in the duet, Yanzi. For 2010, she will be undertaking a solo project, Duel with an Orchid, as a Links Hall Resident.
Dedicated to the art of technique and creative process, Emma is on faculty at the Dance Center of La Grange and has set choreography on several local schools.