Emani Drake

2023 Princess Grace Honoraria
Nominated by: Deeply Rooted Dance Theater


Emani Drake is from Cleveland, Ohio where she began her dance training at Revolutions Dance Academy under the direction of Lisa and Tricia Bires. Simultaneously she trained at the Cleveland School of the Arts as well as Tri-C Creative Arts Academy. Ms. Drake attended The University of the Arts on full scholarship and graduated with a BFA in Dance. While being a full time student at UArts, she was a company member with Eleone Dance Theatre. After graduating she joined Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in 2021. There, she was featured on the world’s largest digital art installation in 2023. Additionally, Ms. Drake has performed in the works of Ulysses Dove, José Limón, Christopher Huggins, Amy Hall Garner, Kevin Iega Jeff, Juel D. Lane, and many more.

Photos by Todd Rosenberg