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(2 DANCE11 Gilson) Emil Ramirez and Jackson Sarver. Photo by Will Shively.

Emily Ramirez clearly can’t stand still. She grew up in Katy, TX and trained at
Adamson Ballet School, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and the
world-renown Houston Ballet Academy. She was a professional ballerina for over a
decade, performing with Houston Ballet II, BalletMet, and Charlotte Ballet, and on
tour in Germany, France, and Russia. Notable roles include “Sugarplum Fairy” in The
Nutcracker, “Black Swan/Odille” in Swan Lake, “Kitri” in Don Quixote, “Alice” in Alice
in Wonderland, “Marquis de Merteuil” in Dangerous Liaisons, and principal roles in
George Balanchine’s Western Symphony and Tarantella. After her ballet career, she
transitioned into musical theatre and film. Regional theatre credits include Cabaret
(‘Sally Bowles’), Addams Family Musical (‘Morticia Addams’), and Rock of Ages
(‘Constance Sack’/Dance captain).

 

In 2016, She was hired as a swing on the First National Broadway Tour of An American in Paris, but ultimately accepted the role of “Meg Giry” in the Phantom Of The Opera Broadway Tour. While on the road, Emily began to dip her toe in the water of standup comedy, a lifelong passion of hers. Emily has done voiceover work for companies such as Bank of America, Hardee’s, North Carolina State Lottery, Car Guru, Portrait Innovations, and St. Vincent Hospital. Film credits include featured extra work in Chicago Med, Empire, and Netflix’s new Mixtape; Obamaland (“Random”), and Sides: a web series (“Charlie”). She has been a freelance contributor to organizations including Dance Magazine (“Captivate the Choreographer,” “The Problem with Self-Deprecation,” and “What It’s Like To Dance Again After Not Even Being Able To Walk”), Dance Spirit Magazine,
BroadwayWorld.com, and AtHerDesk.com. She also created “The Self-Image
Strategy,” an inspiring lecture for pre-professional dancers, which she shared at
ballet schools and universities across the country. Upon finishing her tour, she
relocated to Chicago to pursue comedy writing and performance. She is currently
co-writing a yet-to-be-titled show running at 9pm Fridays from August 30th September 20th in Second City’s Donny’s Skybox.

She is also writing and directing a show titled “Beast Infection,” (dates TBD), performing standup around the city, (next showcase is at ZumBier August 10 at 8pm), and writing/producing her own digital shorts— follow her on twitter @EGargoyle, or insta @emilourami. You can also see Emily performing in An American in Paris at Drury Lane in spring 2020. She lives in Berwyn with her wonderful hubby Chase and their two impossibly entitled dogs, Charlie and Sophie, (follow them on insta @baby_nuggets).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeDVfbhmvro.


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