EMpowered Dance Center

Setting the  Barre  for Excellence

About Us

Emily-Age 5

EMpowered began in 2013, the result of a dream come true. Emily wanted to create a dance studio with a warm, supportive atmosphere that is based on satisfying customers in a non-competitive and non-political manner. Using a syllabus based on correct anatomical alignment, EMpowered will produce technically sound dancers at all levels from beginner to advanced. The EMpowered Dance Center will provide a social and entertainment forum for people with diverse interests, cultural backgrounds, physical impairments and ages. At EMpowered everyone is family. EMpowered sponsors junior and senior chapters of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. 

Emily-Age 5

EmilyAnn Norris 

Emily is the owner and artistic director of EMpowered Dance Center. Emily has professional dance experience as well as education to create a strong technically sound program. Emily worked as a trainee with the elite, Joffrey Ballet Company under the direction of Edith d'Addario. Emily also performed as a soloist with the Baltimore Ballet Company, under the direction of Cem Catbas. Emily performed with Surge, a local

contemporary company, under the direction of Ken Skrzesz. Emily graduated from Carver Center for Arts and Technology and holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies. Beginning her dance education at Peabody Conservatory, Emily performed with the Washington ballet as a student, under the direction of Rudolph Kharatian and performed as a soloist in an original Pas de Trois in the Kharatian original ballet, Into the Light. Emily is both a Physical Therapist Assistant and a Massage Therapist. Emily holds certifications as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Brain Injury, Neuromuscular Developmental Techniques, and is LSVT BIG certified for Parkinson's Disease. She is also certified in Pilates technique, Massage Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Yoga, and CPR. Emily always looks for ways to introduce dance to everyone. She created a wheelchair dancing program at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute (formerly Kernan).

Emily has danced in many local companies and studios. She received a full scholarship to the Arts for Talented Youth Program at the Peabody Institute. Emily has received scholarships to many summer programs including Virginia School for the Arts, Joffrey Ballet and Hartford Ballet. Emily attended American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Burklyn Ballet, Virginia School for the Arts. 

Emily & Joy Ludlow of Ballet West

Emily-Virginia School of the Arts

Claire Liskiewicz (Tap and Jazz) is currently pursuing a BFA degree in Dance Performance and Choreography at Towson University. She began studying dance at 2 years old and continued her study of ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and hip hop at Diamond Dance LLC in Parsippany, NJ. Claire participated in competitive dance from ages 10-18 and has won various awards and titles at regional and national competitions for her performances and for her choreography. She also completed the International Baccalaureate Dance 

Program in high school in which she spent time researching and studying global dance. She is pursuing her passion for performance at Towson by participating in various performances, including the Towson University Dance Department's annual Inertia, DMPP, and Senior Seminar concerts. She is also concentrating on her passion for choreography by taking composition classes each semester. She is thrilled to be joining EMpowered for her second season!

Caitlin Varipatis (Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Lyrical and Jazz) received her B.A. degree in Dance Education from Goucher College graduating Cum Laude. While there, she performed in numerous student, faculty, and guest artist pieces. As a senior, she produced and choreographed her own concert. She followed that with a Masters in Education degree (also from Goucher) and has work experience in the many aspects of the developing dancer/student. For seven years she worked as an Integrated Arts Specialist with Cecil County Public Schools where she also headed an after-school dance program to further dance experience and performance opportunities for students. She also was involved in dance curriculum writing and development for the school system. Ms. Varipatis has been involved with Goucher's Moving Classroom Project which educates students and teachers on techniques for incorporating movement and the arts within the classroom setting. She has also taught at the Baltimore Actor's Conservatory, The Park School, Carver Center for the Arts, Parkville High School, Cecil Dance Center and the Moving Company Dance Center. She is thrilled to be joining EMpowered for her fifth season!

Leah Warminski (Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Tap)

Leah is a graduate of Towson University with two degrees in Dance Choreography and Performance Major as well as a Pre-Physical Therapist. Graduated from the prestigious George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in the dance prime. Leah was a member of both Towson University's Ballet Company as well as Dance Company at Carver. Warminski is a proficient aerialist dancer and has had an opportunity to work with the elite Cirque du Soleil in New York. Warminski graduated from EMpowered Dance Center. She was a member of the Swing Club in Baltimore and learned various styles of ballroom dancing. Warminski is the choreography assistant of EMpowered Dance Center's dance team, EMotions. Leah attended Martha Graham summer intensive.