Emiko Flanagan grew up in Westlake Village, CA and received her early dance training from California Dance Theatre. She attended UC Irvine as a BFA candidate in Dance where she was chosen to become a trainee with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. She went on to study in the training program at Alonzo King LINES Ballet and then started working for Dance Theatre of Harlem as one of the founding members of the revival of the company. During her time with DTH, she toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Israel, and was mentioned by the New York Times for her “joyous clarity” in the comapany's inaugural season, and later for her “feline glamour” in the Pas de Deux from "Agon" by George Balanchine. DTH also provided many beautiful opportunities to give back to communities through dance, including the privilege to serve as a cultural ambassador for the US Embassy in Honduras. While working with DTH, Emiko was invited to join the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon in France, allowing her to explore more contemporary movement and perform in leading roles across Europe. Her repertoire includes works by some of the most renowned choreographers in ballet such as William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, and George Balanchine. She is also a certified Pilates instructor.