Emily Floyd is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, with a minor in Women’s Studies from Florida State University (FSU). She recently relocated to Jacksonville after pursuing a professional dance career in New York City where she danced Jee Ahn + Dancers, Spaces of Fontana, and performed a new work by Jennifer Archibald at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. Emily has also taught dance in New York City and throughout North Florida as well as completed intensive study with Keigwin + Company, Parsons Dance Company, and the American Dance Festival.
Emily began her dance training at a young age at Barbara Thompson’s School of dance and then attended both Lavilla and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. While at FSU, Emily had the opportunity to train under a diverse group of dance faculty. Two of the most influential professors she worked with were Tom Welsch and Anjali Austin, due to their extensive dance background as well as their secondary focus in Dance Science, Pilates, and Gyrotonic. After Emily took Dance Anatomy & Kinesiology, it sparked an interest for her in injury prevention and rehabilitation of the body. She continued her education by taking a “Dance Science” course where she conducted research on students in the school of dance.
After much probing by a close friend, Emily took a Pilates Reformer Class and fell in love with the practice of Pilates! Her background in teaching dance and working with injured dancers is primarily what brought her to study Pilates. The possibility and awareness that the practice gives our bodies both inside and outside the studio, provides us with the tools to change our habits and strengthen our weak areas. Pilates can truly bring joy back into movement for many people and the mind/body connection of Pilates can be pure magic, if you let it be so!
Over the past three years, Emily has also had the privilege of working with young dancers as Student Wellness Counselor and Residence Director at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. On the side, Emily also enjoys working as a freelance photographer and traveling. She is very excited to be in Jacksonville working as a Body Balance Institute Apprentice, while continuing her dance career!
- Body Balance Institute Apprentice
- Professional Dancer
- Freelance Photographer