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 that 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.  At EMpowered everyone is family.  EMpowered sponsors junior and senior chapters of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. 
Emily-Age 5
EmilyAnn Norris 
Emily is the owner and artistic director of EMpowered Dance Center.  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 the 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, Neuromuscular Developmental Techniques, and is LSVT BIG certified for Parkinson's Disease.  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 the 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 the Arts
   Emily & Joy Ludlow of                  Emily-Virginia School of the Arts
        Ballet West


Claire Liskiewicz (Tap 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.  She is thrilled to be joining EMpowered for her second season!

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 choreographed 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 fifth season!

Cyntria Vinson(Lyrical, Ballet, Jazz)Maryland native, Cyntria M. Vinson began dancing in church at age 7, and it was there that she realized her passion for the arts. Cyntria started her pre-professional dance training in the Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) Magnet Program at Annapolis High School in Annapolis, MD where she studied under renowned teachers Torens Johnson, Franki Trout and Ken Skrzesz. Cyntria has trained at Expression Dance Company in Annapolis, MD where she later went on to become an Assistant Teacher. Cyntria attended the Dance Creating New Stars (DCNS) Summer Dance Intensive in Pennsauken, NJ, where after she completed the program she received a full scholarship to attend again. There she trained under industry professionals Dara Meredith, LaCeda Nelson and worked with and performed the choreography of Tommie Waheed Evans and Troy Powell. Cyntria’s choreography has been performed at many venues including Anne Arundel County Dance Festivals, Annapolis High School Drama Company, Seasonal Dance Concerts and Towson University. While at Towson University, Cyntria has been a member of the Towson University Dance Company for the Spring 2018 and 2019 season. She is a member of the National Honor Society of Dance Arts as well as the National Dance Education Organization. Cyntria is currently pursuing her B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography with a K-12 Certification at Towson University.

Leah Warminski (Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap)
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.  Leah is currently a member of the Towson University Ballet Company.  Warminski has been dancing since the age of 4 at various places around Baltimore, including EMpowered Dance Center, 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 Soleil.  Leah was a member and choreography assistant of EMpowered Dance Center's dance team, EMotions. Leah attended Martha Graham summer intensive and master classes with Cirque du Soleil's, Rick Tjia.

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