Emerald Holman, a Washington, D.C. native, grew up training at D.C.’s Northeast Performing Arts, Jones-Haywood School of Dance, and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. In 2012, she was awarded the Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. In 2017, Emerald earned a BFA in Dance and Choreography with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at VCU, she studied dance for a semester in Paris, France, by way of the University of South Florida’s Dance in Paris Program. In her senior year, she was awarded the Black History in the Making Award from the Department of Dance and Choreography in partnership with the African American Studies Department at VCU. As a dance artist, Emerald is interested in increasing dance training and performance accessibility in urban communities. This is her first season with Step Afrika!