Emily Crofford (Winston-Salem, NC) was born a mover, became an athlete by design, and a dancer through intuition. Emily is an investigative artist and educator interested in exploring the intimate connection dance offers both performers and viewers. She has taught contemporary dance technique, dance appreciation, conditioning, yoga, and creative movement to a vast spectrum of students across several states. Emily teaches a variety of dance technique and theory courses, including contemporary dance technique and yoga at High Point University, Elon University, and Salem College. She was selected as one of Dance Project's Artist in Residence for Fall 2018, and her choreography has been featured at several Cleveland Dance Showcases, American College Dance Association conferences, and Tobacco Roads Dance Productions' In Concert '19. Emily has worked with numerous choreographers, including performing with Christine Bowen Dance, Greensboro Dance Fringe Festival, North Carolina Dance Festival, and as part of the Corciano Festival, 53' Agosto Corcianese, in Corciano, Italy. Along with working for the Wake Forest Dance Festival, Emily is involved with the Greensboro Dance Film Festival. Additionally, her research involves integrating somatic and conditioning practices seamlessly into dancers' training, which she presented on at the National Dance Education Organization Conference. Emily was invited to teach a master class on how dancers can apply an athletic mindset to their conditioning practices for the University of North Carolina - Greensboro's dance department in Corciano Italy. She is also a certified Yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the International Sports Sciences Association.