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 with the Vanaver Caravan Music & Dance Company since 2009, and has shared the stage with such companies as the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, Lindy Hop All Stars, and General Mischief Dance Theatre. 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.’ 

Emily was on staff at Dance Manhattan Studios in NYC, 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 dedicated 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 has taught creative movement and percussive dance for children of all ages with the Vanaver Caravan. While living in NYC, she studied a variety of dance styles at the Joffrey Ballet School, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, the American Tap Dance Foundation, Peridance, the Ailey Studios, and PMT House of Dance. 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.