Emily Miller is a San Diego-based dancer, dancemaker, teacher, and studio owner specializing in classical ballet, modern, dance-theatre, and contemporary dance forms.

Emily has been dancing and making dances since she could walk. She received her BFA in Dancemaking from Columbia College Chicago, spent time in Chicago dancing for Kate Corby & Dancers and New York working with David Dorfman Dance. Emily has since returned to San Diego armed with a love for community, a fascination with form/function, and a fervent desire to make as much room for and access to the work as possible.

Emily is currently directing, teaching, and choreographing at Performing Arts Workshop (the dance studio she owns specializing in classical ballet with diverse class offerings) and dancing professionally for LITVAKdance under the direction of Sadie Weinberg. 

Dance and art are Emily’s life.

Read a RECENT REVIEW by Janice Steinberg for San Diego Story of LITVAKdance’s performance featuring Emily’s work and dancing

Read a RECENT PRESS FEATURE by Carey Blakely for the Coast News


The body is poetic and ferocious. As a dancer, teacher, and dancemaker I am committed to honoring the volume that lies beneath human skin. I am interested in dances that teach an audience how to see them. Dances without ego. Dances that revel in counter tension. Dances that follow through. Dances that are uncompromising. Dances that are immaculately composed. Dances that don’t apologize. Dances that will sit down across the table from you with a big cup of fresh hot coffee, look you in the eye, and be honest about how they feel. Deeply honest. 

Humans are at their best when working together on something bigger than themselves.

All photographs by :

Jim Carmody | Doug McMinimy

Sue Brenner | Bruce R Stanley

Performance photographs often taken while participating in LITVAKdance performances