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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

20 questions with Emily Chessa

This week we we meet Ballet BC dancer Emily Chessa in our ongoing 20 questions series.

Meet Emily Chessa

Emily Chessa grew up in Richmond, BC and began her professional dance training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School at age 15 where she received the Paddy Stone Scholarship for choreography and the Arnold Spohr Scholarship. After graduating in 2010, she danced in the graduate program at Arts Umbrella under the guidance of Artemis Gordon. As a Senior Dance Company member, Emily had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as James Kudelka, Lesley Telford, Wen Wei Wang, Aszure Barton and Gioconda Barbuto. She recently participated in Springboard Danse Montreal. Joining the company last year as an apprentice, she performed in works by Emily Molnar, William Forsythe, Medhi Walerski and Jacopo Godani. Emily is thrilled to be starting her 2nd season as a full company member.

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20 Questions with Emily Chessa

1. Your first job.

Artist at Ballet BC.

2. The job you always wanted as a child.

An actress.

3. Your pet peeve.

People who move slowly.

4. Your hero.

Kristen Wiig.

5. Your biggest indulgence.


6. One thing no one knows about you (and you’re willing to share).

I own a Game Boy and could play Donkey Kong for the rest of my life.

7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

My music, chocolate covered almonds and the Game of Thrones book series.

8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.


9. If you were not a performer what would you be doing right now?

I would probably still be in university.

10. Hero or villain.


11. Your life’s motto/mantra.

Everything happens for a reason.

12. Your favourite kind of dance (classical or contemporary).

Does moonwalking count?

13. The last movie you watched.

Little Miss Sunshine.

14. If you were a breakfast cereal what breakfast cereal would you be?

Captain Crunch.

15. What will it say on your grave marker?

Well that was fun.

16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Emma Stone.

17. Your idea of happiness.

A glass of wine and good company.

18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?

We’ll it’s not that long ago … but if I could go back two years I would tell myself to trust your instincts! No regrets.

19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

Working with people who inspire me every day!

20. Pirouette or fouette?


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