We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emma, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is a scary thing but I always find that after I take risks I either end up very glad that I took the risk or I find myself learning from it. I would way rather take the risk than say ‘Oh I wish I did that’ later on. In my life, I feel like I have taken a lot of risks that have ultimately helped shape me into the person I am today and have helped get me to where I am today. When I first moved over to Los Angeles to study at AMDA from New Zealand it was pretty big risk having never been to the school before yet alone the country. However without taking this risk I would not of had the experiences that I was able to experience at College and now out of college in the hub of the performing arts.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a dancer and a dance teacher. My story is still being written and I feel like I am being lead in all different directions that I never saw myself going. I am originally from Auckland, New Zealand where I lived until I was 19 when I moved to Los Angeles to attend AMDA College of the Performing Arts. I studied at AMDA until the beginning of 2020 where I was actually lucky enough to be the last class to graduate in person before Covid. In May of 2020 I ended up finding myself in Texas visiting a family friend from New Zealand. During this time I had to make sure that I was still employed in the performing arts in order to stay in the country on my Visa so I applied for jobs both in Los Angeles and Texas. I found myself being employed by multiple dance studios around the DFW metroplex where I now currently work teaching competition dances and recreational classes. I also found myself dancing for two companies. One faith based christian company called Zion Dance Project and another commercial company call Urban Performing Company. If you would tell me a year ago that I would be where I am now I would say you’re kidding, but I am so happy to be learning from so many different creatives within the companies that I am part of and I am throughly enjoying pouring into young artists.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I was to come back to Los Angeles. First things first I would go to Malibu, I absolutely love the beach!!! I would eat at Umami Burger, and then I would get some good dance training in! I would be sure to hit up Playground and keep my eyes peeled for any open classes that are happening since unfortunately a lot of studios had to close last year. I would also make sure that on Sunday I would go to C3LA because thats the go to place for some good quality community!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents – Allyssa and Douglas Morris because they have literally been my number one supporters and I don’t think I would be where I am today without their support.