Emily Speed is originally from Argyle, TX and began her professional training under Marina Almayeva. In 2006, she was a Finalist at World Ballet Competition, in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Speed won first place in the classical division at the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix Regionals. Emily was one out of a hundred participants worldwide who qualified and competed in the 2010 Varna International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria and in 2014, went to the USA IBC in Jackson, MS. During her career, she has danced professionally with Alabama Ballet, Ballet Tucson and Boulder Ballet. Ms. Speed has performed multiple principle and soloist roles including, Flower Girl in Don Quixote, roles in George Balanchine's Serenade and The Nutcracker, Anthony Tudor's Lilac Garden and Continuo, Daniel Precup's Bolero, Third Act Raymonda, The Wedding Pas de Duex from Don Quixote, and The Fairy Doll Pas de Trios staged by Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner. Since joining Colorado Ballet in 2014, Emily has performed "Scherzo" in Wheeldon's A Midsummer's Night Dream, Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, and played the role of Clara in The Nutcracker.
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