• B.A. The College of Wooster, 2016
  • M.S. Miami University 2020
Areas of Interest

Emily Baird is a dancer, choreographer, and educator originally from Steubenville, Ohio. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from The College of Wooster, where she choreographed more than six original works for the college’s Dance Company and worked as a lighting designer. She is also an alumna of the American Dance Festival Six Week School, where she performed in both the International Choreographer’s Residency Concert and the Student Concert. After graduation, Emily moved to Chicago, where she worked as a dance instructor, performed at the Vittum Theater, and took professional modern dance classes at studios around the city.

More recently, she graduated from Miami University with a M.S. in Kinesiology & Health, where her thesis research investigated the role of body awareness in collegiate modern and contemporary dancers. Professor Baird’s research interests focus on the intersections of dance, kinesiology, and music, and how these intersections can create meaning for both artist and audience.She is also the founder and artistic director of Drift Dance Collective, a small dance company focused on multimedia performance, outreach, and accessibility.

Although Professor Baird’s primary style is modern, she also has experience in contemporary, hip hop, ballet, contact improvisation, and various somatic techniques. She is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-500®) and prioritizes a focus on functional anatomy throughout her dance classes.

Courses Taught
  • Fundamentals for the Performer
  •  Modern Dance Technique
  •  Choreography
  •  Global Music Skills for Dancers
  •  Contemporary Dance History
  •  Dance in World Cultures
  •  Introduction to Ballet
  •  Dance-Based Body Awareness
  •  Dance for Social Change
  • “A Qualitative Investigation of What ‘Body Awareness’ Means to Dancers at a Public Midwestern University.” Journal of Dance Education, volume 22, issue 2, 2022.
  • Book review of Dance & Activism: A Century of Radical Dance Across the World, by Dana Mills. Theatre Topics, volume 32, no. 1, 2022, 42-43.