Jean Emile is a product of the New York City dance scene. After finishing off his training at the former high school of performing arts as well as the Alvin Ailey American dance center and the school of American ballet among other schools he went directly into the second company of the Netherlands Dance Theater. After his second year at NDT2 he went into the main company under the direction of Jiri Kylian. During his 5 years in the company he worked with such choreographers as Mr. Kylian, Nacho Duato ,Mats ek, Hans Van Maanen, Billy Forsythe and Ohad Naharin among others.

 

Due to the yearly choreographic workshops the dancers were encouraged to choreograph and that is where Jean started venturing into choreography. Jean then went to Madrid to dance for former colleague, Nacho Duato's company La Compañía Nacional de Danza and after a year there he returned to the Netherlands Dance Theater's main company where he furthered his artistry. In 1996 jean left NDT to dance for various choreographers in New York and to begin his transition into choreography and teaching. From '96-'09 he also served as a dance evaluator and talent scout for Cique du soleil and Dragone while teaching on and off at the Ailey school and choreographing ballets for companies such as Ballet Hispanico, Ailey 2 among others as well as musicals and cabarets in Europe.