Dance Magazine Tells How Dancer Emily Carrico Defied the Odds

Emily Carrico performs in Atlanta Ballet's production of La Sylphide. Photo by Kim Kenney.

When Atlanta Ballet company dancer Emily Carrico was a child, she was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, and doctors fused her lower vertebrae. They didn't imagine that a professional dance career would even be a possibility for her, and now she is a rising star performing lead roles. Learn about how she has defied the odds and worked hard to overcome physical challenges in this Dance Magazine feature!

"In just two seasons with Atlanta Ballet, Emily Carrico has emerged as a lead dancer with depth and dimension beyond her years. Her Sugar Plum Fairy sparkled. Her Black Swan was cunning and treacherous. In a recent rehearsal, her Sylph appeared effortless as she darted along the floor, evoking a fairy here, a dragonfly there. Watching her excel, you'd never know that Carrico has had a partially fused spine since childhood." - Cynthia Bond Perry, Dance Magazine