Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Emily Hayes began her training at the age of three at Howard School of Dance under the direction of Debra Howard and Renee Cook. She joined the Centerville Contemporary Ballet in 2008 under the direction of Renee Cook.
In 2010, she placed second in the classical category of the Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals. Hayes was awarded a full scholarship to ABT’s New York Summer Intensive and was named a National Training Scholar for 2010 and 2011. After attending the 2011 Summer Intensive, she was awarded a full scholarship to attend the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. Hayes also received the Laurel Fund Scholarship to continue her studies at the ABT JKO School as a member of the Studio Company.
Hayes was chosen to perform at the 2012 Prix Rome Jia Ruskaja gala presentation to represent the ABT JKO School in Rome, Italy. She also performed in ABT’s Opening Night Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2012 and 2013. Her repertory with the ABT Studio Company includes roles in Continuo, Great Galloping Gottschalk, Martine’s Trio a Deux and Larry Keigwin’s Studio.
She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2014.