Emily Coates

Faculty Director of Dance Studies

Yale University

Lecturer in Theater Studies

Yale University

A dancer, writer, and choreographer, Emily Coates directs the dance studies curriculum at Yale University. She has performed internationally with New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Twyla Tharp Dance, and Yvonne Rainer. Career highlights include dancing three duets with Baryshnikov, in works by Mark Morris, Karole Armitage, and Erick Hawkins. At NYCB, she was among the last generation of dancers to work closely with Jerome Robbins. Her choreographic work has been presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob's Pillow, Cornell, Harvard, St. Mark's Church, Performa, and Ballet Memphis, among others. She has contributed essays to PAJ, Theater, and The Huffington Post. With particle physicist Sarah Demers, she is currently co-authoring a book on physics and dance, forthcoming from Yale University Press. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English and holds an MA in American Studies from Yale.