Emily Speed

Emily Speed is originally from Argyle, TX and graduated from Marina Almayeva School of Classical Ballet. She has qualified and competed in the Varna International Ballet Competition, Jackson IBC and YAGP Finals. She is also a World Ballet Competition Finalist and won first place in the YAGP regionals. During her career, Emily has danced in companies across the country including Alabama Ballet, Boulder Ballet and Ballet Tucson performing numerous soloist and principal roles. Since joining Colorado Ballet in 2014, Emily has been given the opportunity to dance featured roles in several productions and performed in the Vail Dance Festival in 2015 and 2017.

Hometown:
Argyle, TX

Dance training and awards:
Attended Denton Ballet Academy under the direction of Hugh Nini
Graduated from Marina Almayeva School of Classical Ballet
2006 World Ballet Competition Finalist
2007 YAGP Regional First Place
Varna IBC 2010
USA IBC Jackson 2014

Joined Colorado Ballet:
2014

Selected roles and ballets:
Flower Girl in Don Quixote
Little Russians in George Balanchine's Serenade
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco
Antony Tudor's Lilac Garden
Antony Tudor’s Continuo
Little Sister in Antony Tudor's Pillar of Fire
Red Couple in Twyla Tharp's A Brief Fling
Daniel Precup's Bolero
Third Act Raymonda soloist
The Wedding Pas de Deux from Don Quixote
The Fairy Doll Pas de Trios staged by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner
"Scherzo" in Christopher Wheeldon's A Midsummer's Night Dream
Clara and Dew Drop in Colorado Ballet's The Nutcracker
Cygnets and Pas de Trois in Swan Lake
Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort
Pink in Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
Flames of Paris
Pas de Deux
Young Girl and Holiday Couple in Michael Pink's Dracula
Doormouse in Septime Webre's Alice (in wonderland)
Princess Florine and Vitality Fairy in Sleeping Beauty

More about Emily:
Emily has performed many roles across the country as a guest artist. She loves spreading the love of dance through teaching in Denver and has been a guest teacher at summer programs nationwide.

Photos: Emily Speed and Artists of Colorado Ballet by David Andrews

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