Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, Emery LeCrone began her training at The School of Greensboro Ballet and continued her work at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She attended summer sessions at the School of American Ballet on scholarship, studying under former New York City Ballet dancers Peter Boal, Kay Mazzo, Suki Schorer, and Susan Pilarre. After completing high school in 2005, she accepted a position with North Carolina Dance Theatre, under the direction of famed New York City Ballet principals Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. In her free time with the company she began to choreograph and created her first piece for North Carolina Dance Theatre II in 2006.
Upon moving to New York City in the fall of 2007, Ms. LeCrone performed with Morphoses the Wheeldon Company for their inaugural City Center season and was accepted as a dancer in The Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company. She continued to choreograph and successfully submitted Pulling to Break to the Ballet Builders choreographic competition in 2008. This performance gained Ms. LeCrone her first New York Times review in which Jennifer Dunning called the work “a delightful whole, exploring innovative partnering as well as the ways spinning full-throttle movement can echo and incorporate the planes of space around it.”
Following the success of her New York premiere Ms. LeCrone was commissioned to create a new ballet for The National Choreographers Initiative directed by Molly Lynch in Newport Beach, California. Ms. LeCrone spent three weeks in residence and created Expressions of Leaning into the Light on dancers from Ballet Met, Ballet West, Atlanta Ballet, and Nashville Ballet, among others. Upon returning to New York, she was selected to present her work as part of the Joyce Theatre’s A.W.A.R.D Show! 2009 and was hired as resident choreographer for two NY based companies: the Columbia Ballet Collaborative and New Chamber Ballet. She created Aphorismós for Columbia Ballet Collaborative in April 2009, about which Claudia La Rocco of The New York Times wrote, “Her Aphorismós is a ready for primetime knockout…hinting at dark undercurrents that beg for second looks. More, please, Ms. LeCrone.”
In 2010, Ms. LeCrone received her first prestigious grant for the development of her choreography from The Jerome Robbins Foundation’s New Essential Works (NEW) Program, directed by Damian Woetzel, for the creation of Divergence for Oregon Ballet Theatre. She was also commissioned by the North Carolina Dance Theatre to create Outflow Boundary for the company as part of an evening entitled “Spotlight on Female Choreographers”. In April 2010, she created Chamber Dances for Miro Magloire’s New Chamber Ballet. Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times senior dance critic, wrote,“Emery LeCrone’s Chamber Dances generated real excitement from its engagement with its score, its propulsive energy and its structural complexity . . . Ms. LeCrone, often responding to both pulse and melody in the music at the same time, creates spatially multidimensional works that make her dancers look galvanized both above and below the waist. She has a sense of gesture and a feeling for footwork.” During this same season, Ms. LeCrone founded and produced her own performance series, The Young Choreographers Showcase, which provided a small stipend to other young emerging choreographers to create and present their work in New York City in a professional environment. She also collaborated with the artist Tauba Auerbach and the successful fashion label Ohne Titel for a new performance art piece at MoMA PS1.
In 2011, Ms. LeCrone premiered the first portion of her ballet Archetypes for Colorado Ballet at The Vail International Dance Festival. The full work premiered in March of 2012 for Colorado Ballet as part of an evening entitled “Tribute To Women in Dance”. Additionally, Ms. LeCrone was commissioned to create a new work for the Guggenheim Museum’s acclaimed Works & Process performing arts series featuring the music of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning composer Elliott Carter. For this premiere, LeCrone worked with Elliott Carter, dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, as well as famed fashion designer Victoria Bartlett of VPL. Ms. LeCrone was also selected to participate in the esteemed New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute. She was one of three choreographers, and the only woman, chosen to create work on The New York City Ballet’s company members for the Winter 2011 Session. She also produced and presented the second year of The Young Choreographers Showcase by inviting three new choreographers to participate and hosting not one, but two evenings of new work in New York City.
In 2012, Ms. LeCrone received her second prestigious choreographic award and was honored with an inaugural New York City Center fellowship and residency, awarded annually to three promising choreographers. The fellowship granted the awardees a home at New York City Center for one year and offered the opportunity to be a featured choreographer in City Center’s annual “Fall for Dance” program. In the spring, Ms. LeCrone was commissioned to create original works for The Barnard Dance Department at Columbia University and The Juilliard School of Dance.
This season, Ms. LeCrone’s newly commissioned piece for The Juilliard School of Dance will premiere in December of 2012 as part of their annual New Dances program, and in her fifth year as resident choreographer at Columbia Ballet Collaborative Ms. LeCrone will re-stage her work Aria on Kaitlyn Gilliland, formerly of The New York City Ballet. Ms. LeCrone will also create world premiere works for The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Minnesota Dance Theatre in Spring 2013.