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Where Are They Now: Emily Young Feazel

November 27, 2017

Beginning at the age of 15, Emily Young Feazel began her journey dancing with the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet. She carried her love for dance throughout college, while learning to balance both college and dance.

Emily Feazel“Going to college full time and working a job, dance was a huge outlet for me. Although it was difficult to balance, it taught me a lot about prioritizing things,” said Feazel. After graduating with a B.A. in Art History, she decided to stay in Shreveport to continue dancing as a principle dancer with the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet.

As a dancer, she had the opportunity to dance in world class performances such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Cinderella. She also danced in the world premieres of The Wizard of Oz as Dorothy and Aladdin as The Genie.

“I had amazing opportunities to work with choreographers and teachers from top ballet companies like American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, and more. I also learned how to be a strong, confident woman from the amazing women who led the ballet company,” said Feazel.

Beyond dance, college helped Feazel discover what she wanted to do. Her most favorite memory at LSUS is the moment she realized that she wanted to work in museums. After receiving suggestions from her professors to intern at R.W. Norton Art Gallery, she decided to look into it.

“I started at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery as an intern my senior year of college. I was lucky enough to be hired after graduation and am now the Designer of Exhibits and Special Events,” said Feazel. “I was so lucky to have amazing art history professors while attending LSUS. I have used so much of what I learned in the classroom at my job as I work with the collection very closely.”

As Designer of Exhibits and Special Events, she oversees special exhibitions that come into the museum, and plans and executes special events. She also assists the director with curating the permeant collection and exhibitions. Knowing various types of art and the history have been very important at her job.

“I can't see myself anywhere else. I'm so very blessed to work at a job I love, in my field of study, with a director and staff that is like family to me,” said Feazel. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Stephen, and son, Callum. They enjoy being outdoors running, hiking, and playing with their dogs. In addition to her family, Feazel serves as a board member for the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet and plays Clara’s mom in The Nutcracker every year.