Emili Danz joined CLARA in June 2017 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. Since then, Emili has grown the programs to serve thousands of youth across the Sacramento region and train a growing cohort of professional teaching artists.

A graduate of theatre and dance from the University of Southern California, Emili worked as a professional dancer and choreographer for film, television, and stage from 2002-2010. In 2010 she founded CITYstage, a non-profit arts organization in Los Angeles that provides low-income youth with performing arts education programming in and out of school. Emili served as the Executive Director of CITYstage for 7 years until relocating to her hometown of Sacramento to live closer to her family and join CLARA.

Emili is a passionate advocate for arts education, particularly for low-income youth, and works with educators, artists, and community stakeholders to ensure that the arts are accessible to all children.