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Led by Artistic Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher, EMERGE125 represents a universal new vision for modern dance. With daring, athletic, and passionate movement rooted in classical foundations, EMERGE125 aims to bridge cultural barriers through the art of dance. In this new era, under Rea-Fisher`s direction, the company takes on an edgier image, placing an emphasis on collaborating with distinguished artists across a variety of disciplines while showcasing newly-choreographed works that are relevant to and observant of current global issues and ideas.

EMERGE125 is recommitted to doing extended international tours. International dance touring is part of its lineage and the company has been recognized for their extensive reach throughout Europe and the Americas and plans to expand into the Asian market are currently underway.

TIFFANY REA-FISHER (Artistic Director, EMERGE125) subscribes to the servant leadership model and uses disruption through inclusion as a way to influence her company`s culture.

Tiffany has received multiple awards for her extensive accomplishments, including a citation from the City of New York for her cultural contributions. A recent commission from the Dance Theatre of Harlem premiered at The Kennedy Center followed by the prestigious City Center in NYC to sold out audiences and standing ovations. And her choreography on The Classic Theatre of Harlem's rapturously-received Twelfth Night garnered her recognition in The NY Times as “should have been nominated” for a Tony this year!

After fifteen years with the NYC-based internationally acclaimed dance company Elisa Monte Dance (EMD), Tiffany has proudly taken the reigns as Artistic Director of EMERGE125, bringing the company to new heights during her seven year tenure to date.

Tiffany serves on the Bessies Selection Committee. And was named Dance Magazine`s On the Rise person for their 2007 August issue based on her 2006 performance at the Joyce Theater. As a choreographer Tiffany has had the pleasure of creating numerous pieces for the company as well as being commissioned by Dance Theater of Harlem (as noted above), Dallas Black Dance Theater, NYC'S Department of Transportation, Utah Repertory Theater, The National Gallery of Art in D.C. and having her work performed for the Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg.

Recently Tiffany`s works have been seen on the Joyce stage as well the Apollo, Joe`s Pub, Aaron Davis Hall and New York Live Arts in New York City. Tiffany`s work extends well beyond the stage creating work for the film, fashion, theater, the music industry and museums. As well as being EMD`s Artistic Director Tiffany is also the Co-Founder of Inception to Exhibition and the Dance Curator for the Bryant Park Dance Summer Series.

In 2018 Tiffany added another directorship to her title becoming the Director for the Lake Placid School of Dance in Lake Placid, New York. Tiffany`s professional affiliations include being the Vice President of the Stonewall Community Development Corporation, an Advisory Board member of Dance/NYC and a proud member of Women of Color of the Arts. Tiffany has recently completed the National Art Strategies: Chief Executive Program as well as the APAP Leadership Fellows Program. She has also taught dance diversity at Dartmouth College.

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Fall Fling
EMD in rehearsal
Inside the Process

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Best Self Project

The Best Self Project is a civic conversation interpreted through and interrupted by dance. This project explores what it means to be your best self in multiple situations while taking a global view on the issues of race, gender and human rights.

Emerged Nation

Emerged Nation delves into the assimilation of uniqueness of Black/Native American culture in America. A visceral and euphoric work set to a modern soundscape of house, tribal, and electronic music, created by Twelve45. Emerged Nation interprets the role these cultures play in our contemporary lives.

EMD Does Brubeck

`EMD Does Brubeck` is a choreographic exploration in true musical embodiment. Dance pieces set to the music you know and love will have you dancing in your seats. Energetic, crowd pleasing evening length piece set to live music featuring Chris Brubeck`s Band Triple Play.


`H.E.R.` was commissioned by Harlem Stage as part of their Harlem Renaissance Centennial celebration. This work was inspired by the work of three Black female playwrights Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Mary Powell Burrill and Angelina Grimke. All three were colleagues and early practitioners of a queer black feminist theater aesthetic at the turn of the 20th century.

Things Past

`Things Past` exposes the human behind the performer, accentuating a particular artist`s eccentricities and oddities while creating space for the audience to insert themselves into the work and take ownership of their own interpretation.

Feu Follet

The New York Times called "Feu Follet" an "imaginative and loving look at the history and culture of the Cajun people". From variations on hot community jigs to more elaborate character-driven dance that is fluid and passionate, "Feu Follet" traces the 300-year history of the Acadian people.

Music of New York

`The Music of New York` is a celebration of all of the native and immigrant populations that brought their traditions to this city which is a melting pot of nations.

EMD Classics (repertory)

`EMD Classics` is a repertory program comprised of a selection of classic works of the company dating back to 1979.

EMD Now (repertory)

EMD Now is a repertory program composed of works created by Tiffany Rea-Fisher bringing the EMD aesthetic into the 21st Century.

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