About Emily

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Emily Vanston is a passionate swing dance teacher, performer, and social dancer, specializing in Lindy Hop and other jazz-era dances. She moved to the Hudson Valley in 2015, after a decade of living and dancing in New York City.

Emily has performed as a company member or guest artist with such companies as Syncopated City, the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, the Lindy Hop All-Stars, Yeah Man, the Jivadeers, General Mischief Dance Theatre, and the Palmer Arts Collaborative. Her dancing has been featured at NYC hotspots including the Rainbow Room, Symphony Space, the Edison Ballroom, the Connelly Theatre, LaMaMa Theatre, and Galapagos Art Space, and on the ‘Great Gatsby’ episode of the hit reality show ‘My Fair Wedding.’ She is currently a teaching and performing member of the Vanaver Caravan.

Emily was on staff at Dance Manhattan Studios in NYC until their closing in 2014, where she ran group classes, private lessons, and workshops. She has taught at events throughout the US and abroad, including the Hep Cats’ Holiday in England; the Southside Stomp in Norfolk, VA; the Shake, Rhythm & Roll Festival in Asbury Park, NJ; the Dance Flurry festival in Saratoga Springs, NY; and the internationally-acclaimed Swing Out New Hampshire Dance Camp in Hebron, NH.

Emily started swing dancing in 1998 with Four on the Floor in Austin, TX. Upon moving to NYC, she began her formal study of the dance with Evita Arce, Michael Jagger, and her primary mentor, Nathan Bugh. Emily has had the privilege of studying with such legends as Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Chazz Young, Dawn Hampton, and Mable Lee, and with master teachers across the world.

In addition to swing dancing, Emily teaches creative movement and percussive dance for young people with the Vanaver Caravan, and has taught clogging and flatfooting for the New York City Stompers. She toured with the world champion Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps as a colorguard performer from 2000-2004, and taught high school colorguard in Texas for several years. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Fun Facts:

  • Emily is an AFA-certified aviculturist, and proud mom to two parrots.
  • She is a native Austinite and third-generation Longhorn. Hook ’em!
  • Emily’s favorite activities include music, writing, and anything outdoors.