Teaching Roster

Emma Crystal

Contact Name: Emma Crystal


1135 Tanglewood St.
Memphis, Tennessee 38114
United States
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Phone: (901) 240-8867

After a 16-year stint in NYC working as a performing artist, Emma returned to her hometown: Memphis, TN. While in New York, she conceived, produced and performed in numerous school shows. Trained in Wolf Trap’s Early Learning through the Arts, she has enjoyed many years working as a teaching artist. She has a gift for working with children and enjoys engaging through arts residencies. Emma is an award-winning choreographer. Among her shows that were nominated for or have won awards are The Color Purple, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Aida, The Wiz, Once On This Island, Shrek, Hairspray and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Hues of Hughes

Program Type: Arts Curriculum, Arts Integration, Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

This residency is culminated with a live performance of Hues of Hughes. The residency is 3 sessions, 2 before the performance and 1 afterwards. Hues of Hughes explores the poetry of Langston Hughes through dance. Some of the poetry is set to music, some is recited without music, and some of the dance pieces are done with no sound at all. Students explore how poetry evokes feelings, and then how feelings inspire thoughts of different colors. The performance ties all of the pieces together.

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Program Title: Pretty Pictures

Program Type: Arts Curriculum, Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

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Students will use a specific work of art to explore movement and collaboratively create an original theater study inspired by the theme of the artwork. Students will also develop an artistic statement for their original theater study. Students will perform the theater scene for the class or another audience., and will critique artistic expression in the work of others. Lastly, students will relate their original theater scene work to the aesthetic and cultural values reflected in the inspirational artwork.

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Program Title: The little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Program Type: Arts Curriculum, Arts Integration

Program Description:

Early learning for pre-k-2. This lesson serves to incorporate the use of dance and music to enhance students’ math and language arts skills.

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