Emily Furillo is a performer and teacher of traditional Irish dance with over 17 years of experience in a variety of Irish and percussive styles. She was initially trained in competitive step dance where she had a successful seven-year course. After her time competing, Emily was introduced to the social side of Irish dance to include sets, ceili and sean-nós (“old style”) dances. She quickly picked up the percussive movements of sean-nós and hasn’t stopped since. Her dance repertoire extends from Ireland to include Quebecois step dance, French waltz clog, and flatfooting which bring a remarkable blend of percussive expression to her dancing.
Emily has performed and choreographed original work for the theatrical show, Dancing at the Crossroads: A Celebration of Anglo-Celtic and African American Dance in the New World” She was a lead dancer cast as the dance master and sean-nós dancer. Emily has also collaborated with The Here & Now, Celjun and The Jig is Up as well as performed alongside the Grammy-winning group, The Chieftains.
In addition to performing, Emily has taught dance for 13 years for groups and in private settings. She currently teaches traditional sean-nós dance at Ballet Austin where the course is so popular they offer three levels. Emily’s classes are engaging and holistic as she approaches Irish dance through the lens of tradition, individuality and musicality.
Emily is also a founding member of the Irish Set Dancers of Austin and is the current dance reporter for the Southwest Celtic Music Association.