Emilia Dagradi grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and began dancing at BalletNova Center for Dance. At age 17, she danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker with guest artist Da’Von Doane of The Dance Theater of Harlem, Swanhilda in Laveen Naidu’s Coppelia, and in several pieces choreographed by Constance Walsh. Emilia was also accepted into the Kennedy Center Ballet Master Class Series with Suzanne Farrell during her sophomore and senior years of high school. After graduating high school, Emilia attended Virginia Commonwealth University for two years while earning credits for a BFA, dancing as a trainee with the Richmond Ballet. Here she had the opportunity to perform with the company in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Malcolm Burn’s Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, on tour in Stoner Winslett’s The Nutcracker, and new works choreographed by Mate Szentes and Matt Frain. In her free time Emilia enjoys sewing and has sold handmade ballet leotards and skirts to her friends. Emilia is excited for her first season with Dayton Ballet.
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