On June 1, 2017, Emili Danz joined CLARA as our education outreach director, with primary responsibility for building a bridge between the students of Sacramento City Unified School District and CLARA’s cultural tenants.

A native of Placerville and an alumni of the Deane Dance Center, Emili Danz has worked as a dancer and choreographer for film, television, and stage; and built an extensive performing and teaching resume. Her focus as a teacher has been in developing techniques to help students (specifically those with little to no prior movement experience) learn dance.

In 2010, Emili founded CITYstage, a nonprofit with the goal of inspiring children of South Los Angeles to realize their full potential through the performing arts. Today, CITYstage serves more than 350 students per year through partnerships with LAUSD and other Los Angeles-area public school districts.

CLARA is lucky to have been able to recruit Emili to build CLARA’s education programs, and delighted to bring her back to her hometown after so many years away. Welcome, Emili!