EMpowered Dance Center - Setting the
About Us
 
Emily @ age 5EMpowered began in 2013, the result of a dream come true.  Emily wanted to create a dance studio with a warm, supportive atmosphere which is based on satisfying customers in a non-competitive and non-political manner.  Using a syllabus based on correct anatomical alignment, EMpowered will produce technically sound dancers at all levels from beginner to advanced.  The EMpowered Dance Center will provide a social and entertainment forum for people with diverse interests, cultural backgrounds, physical impairments and ages.
 
 
Emily-Age 5
 
  
 
EmilyAnn Norris 
 
Emily is the owner and artistic director of EMpowered Dance Center.  Emily is currently the dance instructor for The Baltimore Actor's Theatre and Conservatory in Towson.  Emily has professional dance experience as well as education to create a strong technically sound program.  Emily worked as a trainee with the elite, Joffrey Ballet Company under the direction of Edith d'Addario.  Emily also performed as a soloist with Baltimore Ballet Company, under the direction of Cem Catbas.  Emily performed with Surge, a local contemporary company, under the direction of Ken Skrzesz.  Emily graduated from Carver Center for Arts and Technology and holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies.  Beginning her dance education at Peabody Conservatory, Emily performed with the Washington ballet as a student, under the direction of Rudolph Kharatian and performed as a soloist in an original Pas de Trois in the Kharatian original ballet, Into the Light.  Emily is both a Physical Therapist Assistant and a Massage Therapist.  Emily holds certifications as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Brain Injury and Neuromuscular Developmental Techniques.  She is also certified in Pilates technique, Massage Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Yoga and CPR.  Emily always looks for ways to introduce dance to everyone.  She created a wheelchair dancing program at University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute (formerly Kernan).
 
Emily has danced in many local companies and studios.  She received a full scholarship to the Arts for Talented Youth Program at the Peabody Institute.  Emily has received scholarships to many summer programs including Virginia School for the Arts, Joffrey Ballet and Hartford Ballet.  Emily attended American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Burklyn Ballet, Virginia School for theArts
 
 
   Emily & Joy Ludlow of                  Emily-Virginia School of the Arts
        Ballet West

 


















Beth Dixon (Tap)


Claire Liskiewicz (Tap, Lyrical and Jazz)is currently pursuing a BFA degree in Dance Performance and Choreography at Towson University. She began studying dance at 2 years old and continued her study of ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip hop at Diamond Dance LLC in Parsippany, NJ. Claire participated in competitive dance from ages 10-18 and has won various awards and titles at regional and national competitions for her performances and for her choreography. She also completed the International Baccalaureate Dance Program in high school in which she spent time researching and studying global dance. She is pursuing her passion for performance at Towson by participating in various performances, including the Towson University Dance Department's annual Inertia, DMPP, and Senior Seminar concerts. She is also concentrating on her passion for choreography by taking composition classes each semester. 

 Briana Marshall(Hip Hop) native New Jersey resident, Briana began her training at the age of 3 at Just Dancin' school of dance in Bloomfeild, NJ. At age 14 she attended Arts High School in Newark, NJ and that is where her love for dance began. Marshall's training continued at Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts or SMAPA in Montclair, NJ. During her time at SMAPA she was given the opportunity to dance with the Performance Workshop Ensemble. Through the Performance Workshop Ensemble she performed works by Sharron Miller, Lauren MacAllister, and Christopher Huggins.In 2013, she was named one of the four New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Star Ledger Scholars and received $20,000 for her choreographic and performance talents in dance. She began her collegiate training at The University of the Arts and performed woks by Sidra Bell and Jesse Zaritt. Later transferring to Towson University where she currently attends.Through Towson University she performed with the Towson University Dance company, and worked with Vincent Thomas and VTDance. Also performing works by Kim Bears Bailey, Quilan "Cue" Arnold, and Darrell Moultrie. 
She is currently still performing and a dance instructor based in Maryland and Pennsylvania. 


Caitlin Varipatis (Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Lyrical and Jazz) received her B.A. degree in Dance Education from Goucher College graduating Cum Laude.  While there, she performed in numerous student, faculty, and guest artist pieces.  As a senior, she produced and choreopgraphed her own concert.  She followed that with a Masters in Education degree (also from Goucher) and has work experience in the many aspects of the developing dancer/student. For seven years she worked as an Integrated Arts Specialist with Cecil County Public Schools where she also headed an after-school dance program to further dance experience and performance opportunities for students.  She also was involved in dance curriculum writing and development for the school system. Ms. Varipatis has been involved with Goucher's Moving Classroom Project which educates students and teachers on techniques for incorporating movement and the arts within the classroom setting. She has also taught at the Baltimore Actor's Conservatory, The Park School, Carver Center for the Arts, Parkville High School, Cecil Dance Center and the Moving Company Dance Center.  She is thrilled to be joining EMpowered for her fourth season!


Leah Warminski  (Guest Teacher and Substitute)
Leah is a graduate of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in the dance prime and continuing her study of dance at Towson University as a Dance Education and Pre-Physical Therapy major.  Warminski has been dancing since the age of 4 at various places around Baltimore, including Nicole Gait Center for Performing Arts and Baltimore Ballet where Leah danced with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  She was a member of the Swing Club in Baltimore and learned various styles of ballroom dancing.  Leah is also currently studying the art form of aerial silks in hopes of one day performing with Cirque du Solei.  Leah was a member and choreography assistant of EMpowered Dance Center's dance team, EMotions. 










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