Emily Jarrett is a native of Salisbury, Maryland. She began her dance training at Footsteps Dance Academy and Salisbury Dance Academy, studying ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and Irish step. During this time, she performed with the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Elena Manakhova-Amy. She attended the summer program at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet for four years, later returning for two more as a residence staff member. Emily continued her education at Mercyhurst University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in both Dance and Criminal Justice. She performed with The Mercyhurst Dancers as well as the Mercyhurst Liturgical Dance Ensemble as a student. In addition, she was an active member of the Mercyhurst chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts and received scholarships for both dance and academic achievement, making the Dean’s List each year. Outside of the studio, Emily was a member of the Mercyhurst Athletic Band as well as an active participant in service opportunities on- and off-campus. She is excited to be joining Virginia National Ballet for the 2017-18 season!