Em Papineau is a dance artist, musician, and educator living and creating in Lenapehoking // Brooklyn, NY. Em received a BA in Dance and Religion at Smith College. Through the Five College Dance Department, Em performed in works by David Dorfman, Chris Aiken, Doug Varone, Xan Burley + Alex Springer, Jenna Riegel, and Dante Brown and was a recipient of the Five College Dance Department’s Virginia J. Wagner Scholarship. Em makes work with life partner and choreographic collaborator Sofia Engelman whose work together has been presented internationally. Em and Sofia co-initiated freeskewl (2020-2022), an experimental platform for pedagogy, performance, conversation, and community. Em also currently performs as a member of c/s movement projects under the direction of Claudia-Lynn Rightmire and Simon Thomas-Train, as well as teaches young people in the New York public schools through Dancewave and Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theater.