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Emilee began studying Ballet and Jazz at the age of six. For twelve years she trained at the Lisa Boehm School of Ballet, performing in solo roles and the corps de ballet for the EAPA’s and Lisa Boehm’s production of the Nutcracker. She then went on to train at The Faubourg School of Ballet, with the world known and acclaimed Watmora Casey, where she performed a duet in the ballet Paquita, which helped land her a scholarship to study at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. Emilee also studied Drama for several years, performing in 42nd Street, On the Town, Guys-n-Dolls, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In 2000 Emilee was introduced to the world of competitive Ballroom Dancing. She began teaching ballroom dancing and training here in Chicago. In 2001 Emilee started competing as a Professional Ballroom dancer and a Pro-Am competitor, taking first place in many competitions all over the country in both categories. In 2003 she started her costume design business, Mimi G Designs, making custom ballroom dance costumes and apparel. All of this eventually took her back to NYC for more intensive dance training, this time with the country’s top coaches and directors. While in NYC, Emilee continued to teach and compete in Pro-Am competitions, and perform with her professional dance partner. In 2007 they performed the lead dramatic roles in The Rhythm of Love, at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT. Emilee also continued to build Mimi G Designs and has had her costumes televised on America’s Ballroom Challenge, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and most recently was featured in a Ford commercial during the season premier of Smash. Now, back in Chicago, and going on her fourteenth year of teaching ballroom dancing, Emilee is thrilled to be sharing her love of dance with you.
Not only is Emilee and amazing dance instructor, she is a talent dress designer! Look stunning in your next custom dress by Mimi G Designs.