Emmy Sheahan

Emmy Sheahan is a PhD student in evolutionary biology at UF. Emmy began dancing at the age of 3 at the Calvert School of Dance in Calvert County, Maryland. She joined the competition troupe there at the age of 14, and trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and tumbling. In 2016, she moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to attend the College of Charleston, where she majored in marine biology and philosophy and minored in dance. There, she performed in 3 student choreographed concerts and 2 faculty choreographed concerts, as well as choreographed and staged a modern piece which was performed at both the Spring student production and the Fall faculty production. Her dance minor coursework included ballet, modern, jazz, choreography and improvisation, and dance pedagogy. She also danced with and choreographed for the Charleston Dance Project, a contemporary and jazz company based at the Dance Space in Charleston, from 2016 to 2022, and she founded a collaborative modern dance company, the Charleston Modern Collective, in 2021. She has taught ballet, jazz, contemporary, and modern at two separate studios across a range of age groups, from toddlers to adults. Emmy appreciates the ability of dance to communicate emotion and intention through abstract movement, and aims to imbue in her students a love of dance as creative expression.