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SolarSeries Dance
Residencies Offering:
Master Classes
Teacher Workshops
Audience Participation
Community Outreach
Artist in the Schools
Dance for Recovery
Dance for Healing
Dance your way Home

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Emmy Thomson

Artistic Director of SolarSeries Dance


Dance Specialist August 2001-Present

Teach 300 students per week, Reports, Faculty Meetings

Budget, Supplies, Workshops, Summer dance camp, 

Specialist Presentations


Associate Artistic Director, July 1999-2001

Touring, Company Rehearsal, Grant Writing, Hiring Choreographers 

and Dancers,Performing, Oversee  Board Meetings, Choreography, 

Company Class, Arts Festivals


Master of Fine Arts, June 1997

Modern Dance with Choreographic Emphasis

Graduated 4.0, Elizabeth Hayes Scholarship, Dee R. Winterton Award


Bachelor of Fine Arts, June 1982

Modern Dance with Performance Emphasis

Graduated with honors, Cum Laude, Deans List, Who's Who in College Students, President of Orchesis, Dance Performance Award, Member of Performing Dance Company (four years), Phi Etta Sigma

Administrative Experience

RIRIE-WOODBURY DANCE COMPANY- Company Dancer 1980-1985

Associate Artistic Director, 1998-2001

Grant writing, tour director, rehearsal director, oversee board of directors, faculty meetings, community outreach, hire choreographers and dancers, tour with company, orchestrate schedules with sponsor and community outreach, work with lighting designer, technical director and crew, choreograph for company.


Head of Dance Program, 1994-1996

Responsible for six faculty, three staff, assessment, hiring, creating budgets, curriculum, directing the Dance Ensemble Company, advising students, supervising student employees and honors projects


Head of Dance Program, 1990-1994 and 1996-1998

Nominated for Teacher Recognition award 1993, received the Golden Eagle award 1999.

Responsible for creating budgets, curriculum, choreographing three shows per year, overseeing ninety dance students in a full time dance program, creating educational videos on teacher training and diversity issues for national use, choreographing and fund raising for the National High School Dance Festival in Miami Florida

Teaching Experience

1999-2001      Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company, Associate Artistic Director

Master Classes, Company Class, Teacher Workshops                   

Salt Lake City, Utah

1991-1997  Director of Dance, Apple Valley High School teaching 100 students daily  

  Apple Valley, MN

1996-1998  University of Utah 

Modern Dance Teaching Methods - Teaching Assistant                             

1996   Modern Dance Technique- National High School Dance Festival                    

Miami, Florida

1996   Modern Dance Technique- American College Dance Festival                     

  Kalamazoo, Michigan

1994-1996  Macalester College  

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Modern 

Dance Technique                                                                                                                                                   

 Dance Composition 

St Paul, Minnesota                                                                                                                             

      1991-1997    Apple Valley High School                                                                                   

      Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Modern Dance Technique,      

      three levels of Dance Composition, Dance for Gymnastics, 

      Apple Valley,  Minnesota



      1989- 1995 The Children's  Theatre Company

      Beginning and Advanced Modern Dance Technique, Jazz,

      Movement for Actors, Ballet            

      Minneapolis, Minnesota

      1992-1994   The Guthrie Theatre

      Movement for Actors                                                                                                                          

      Minneapolis, Minnesota

      1992-1994   Jewish Community Center

      Ballet, Jazz for Young Adults                                                                                                                                                                         Minneapolis,  Minnesota


     1990-1992 Minnesota Conservatory      

     Modern Dance, Ballet                                                                      

     St Paul, Minnesota

     1987- 1990  Arts Connection

     Modern Dance, Movement for Special Populations, 

     Creative Dance-   New York City, NY                                                                                                                                                

     1981-1995 Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Member                                                                                                                                Composition, Teacher workshops, Jazz, Modern Dance Technique, Improvisation                                          

     While with The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, taught 

     classes from Kindergarten through College.

     US, Alaska, Hawaii, Singapore, Hong Kong

   PROFESSIONAL DANCE EXPERIENCE                                                                                 


1996- The People of Langa

Leading role, full evening

Southern Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Colleen Callahan

1996- In the Wilderness of Our Affliction 

Full evening of dance, quartet

Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota

Donna White's Dance Works

1979-81-   performed and toured

Utah and Colorado 

Emmy Thomson and Dancers

1991- The Healing Ground 

Solos within full evening

Children's Theatre, Minneapolis

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

1981-1986  performed and toured 

the U.S. and abroad

one of six dancers


    DANCE TRAINING                                                                                                                                               

Modern Dance-  Tandy Beal, Ron Brown, Loabelle Clawson, Jan Erkert, Viola Farber, Abby Fiat, Murray Louis, Momix, Alwin Nikolais, Garry Reigenborn, Shirley Ririe, David and Simi Roach,  Jeff Slayton, Robert Small, Erin Thompson, Carol Warner, Donna White, Joan Woodbury

Ballet and Jazz-  Danny Buraczeski, Maggie Black, Silvia Bolton, Bobby Crabb, Myron Johnson

African Based- Jordan Benison, Chuck Davis, Morris Johnson

PERFORMED WORKS BY                                                                                                                                     

Murray Louis, Jeff Slayton, Shirley Ririe, Robert Small, Carol Warner, Joan Woodbury, Alwin Nikolais, Moses Pendleton, Loabelle Clawson,  Donna White, Julie Kane, Doug Nielson, Chuck Davis, Morris Johnson, David Raoch


GRANTS / HONORS / AWARDS                                                                                                                      

1999        The Golden Eagle Award    Apple Valley high School

1998        Who’s who in American Teachers

1996       Artist in the Schools Grant   Metropolitan Arts Council

1995       Elected by membership to the Board of the Minnesota Dance Alliance

1994      Teacher of the Year   Independent School district 196    Dakota County, Minnesota

1993       Visiting Artist Grant    Minnesota Dance Alliance                

1993       Artists in the Schools Grant    Minnesota State Arts Board

1993       Exclusion Adjudicated into Honor Gala    

  National High School Dance Festival   Miami, Florida

1992      Director of Choreographer's Evening    Walker Arts Center   Minneapolis, Minnesota

1991      Roster Artist   Minnesota State Arts Board  

1990      Minnesota State Arts Board Choreographers Fellowship

1989      McKnight Study Stipend   Minnesota Dance Alliance


 MEMBERSHIP / FILM                                                                                                                        

Member of Board of Directors:1994-95   Zenon Dance Company / Minneapolis, Minnesota

                                                         1995-96 Minnesota Dance Alliance / Minneapolis, Minnesota 

                                                         1995-96   Arizona Studios / Minneapolis, Minnesota

Member of Re-Granting Panels: 1994-Visiting  Artist, 1995- McKnight Study Stipend,  

                                                          1996-National Fellow for the Minnesota Dance  Alliance                                                                                                    

Invocation was filmed by Mano Lapho Films and was accepted into the following events


              May 19, 1994                Walker Arts Center Midwest Film Festival                                                                                                                                                                                                 


              February 27, 1994         Carei Thomas Benefit, "Reconstruction of                 

                                                     Light" Walker Arts Center   Minneapolis, Minnesota

              September, 1994              Project Black Cinema International         

                                                              Sarasota, Florida

              October, 1994                   Through the Lens / Four Arts Series         

                                                             WYBE Channel 35, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

              April, 1994                         Film and Dance         

                                                             University of Wisconsin, Superior

       May, 1994                         Ethnic America          

                                                            Minneapolis Community College Minneapolis, Minnesota

 May, 1994                         Art Safe Youth Program      

                                                            Marilyn Lindstrom  Minneapolis, Minnesota

December 1994                Channel 2 KTCA MNTV   Purchased Invocation    Minneapolis, 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                   November 1994               Midwest Media Artist Access Center      

                                                          Minneapolis, Minnesota

September, 1994            Chicago Underground Theater        

                                                         Chicago, Illinois

April, 1994                      Created and Directed educational film:

                                                           "There is Strength in Diversity"       

                                                            Apple Valley, Minnesota

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