Emily Kikta was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and began her dance training at the Thomas Studio of Performing Arts in Pittsburgh before studying at the Ballet Academy of Pittsburgh.
Ms. Kikta began studying at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summer 2006 course and enrolled as a full-time student in 2008.
Ms. Kikta became an apprentice with NYCB in October 2010 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2011.
Ms. Kikita was promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2022.
Portrait © Erin Baiano
- Bourree Fantasque
- Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (First Movement)
- Coppélia (War and Discord)
- Divertimento No. 15
- The Four Temperaments
- Kammermusik No. 2
- George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Coffee, Dewdrop, Flowers, Sugarplum Fairy)
- Raymonda Variations
- "Rubies" from Jewels
- The Sleeping Beauty (Diamond)
- Swan Lake
- Symphony in C
- Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2
- La Valse
- Western Symphony
- Herman Schmerman
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hippolyta)
- The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy)
- Swan Lake (Hungarian, Queen)
- Everywhere We Go
- The Cage
- Bartók Ballet
- Love Letter (on shuffle)
- pixelation in a wave (Within Wires)
- SUSPENDED ANIMATION
- Architects of Time
- Ocean's Kingdom (Amazon Women)
- Copland Dance Episodes
- Emanon – In Two Movements
- Bartók Ballet
- ten in seven
- The Wind Still Brings
ANATOMY OF A DANCE
EMILY KIKTA ON BALANCHINE’S SWAN LAKE
Relatively up-tempo and plentiful in steps, the “Valse Bluette” feels like "performing ballet class" to Emily Kikta. Despite the challenges of moving fully within the variation's classical parameters, Kikta relishes the opportunity to rejoin her flock of black swans as a soloist.
Anatomy of a Dance