About Emily Kikta
New York, New York
Emily Kikta (CBA ’20) began studying videography, video editing and creating dance for camera as a Communications and Media Studies major at Fordham University. She began choreographing in 2010 at the School of American Ballet’s Student Choreographic Institute and has since created work for SAB’s Winter Ball, New York Choreographic Institute’s First Steps Project, and Dance Camera West’s To The Sea Festival. In partnership with Peter Walker she has co-directed, choreographed and filmed the advertising video campaign for the New York City Ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center since 2017, and their dance videos have been seen at Dance Camera West Festival and on Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine and CurbedNY. She has been a dancer with the New York City Ballet since 2010.
Exploring Dance and the Camera
During her fellowship, Kikta explored the relationship between dance and the camera, experimenting with how they can interact to create a unique theater experience. She combined her knowledge behind the camera with her original choreography to develop a complex and collaborative relationship between dance film and live theater. At CBA, she explored how video and other multimedia technology can expand the reach of ballet and of choreographic storytelling in the 21st century.