Emily Pihlaja is from New Canaan, CT and received her early dance training from the New England Academy of Dance. She attended the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. where she graduated in 2009. She then moved to Portland where she performed for four seasons with Oregon Ballet Theatre. Emily was featured in ballets such as George Balanchine’s Serenade, Divertimento No. 15, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Giselle, and The Nutcracker. She also performed in New York with Thomas/Ortiz Dance. Her performances with Spectrum Dance Theater include 5th Avenue Theatre’s Carousel and Donald Byrd’s Carmina Burana, Rambunctious (iterations 1, 2 and 3), Drastic Cuts, Jazz 1, LOVE, H.R.3244, and more. This marks Emily’s fifth season with Spectrum Dance Theater.