(Director of Operations & Ballet 4, 5, & 6 Instructor) Born in Houston, TX, Emilie Skinner began her classical training at the age of six with Gilbert Rome and Victoria Vittum, performing with their company Houston Repertoire Ballet until graduating High School. She has attended summer intensives at the Joffrey Ballet, Austin Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In the summer of 2011, she also attended the SIBA international training program in Salzburg, Austria and upon relocating to the Bay Area in early June (2019), Emilie also attended the San Francisco Ballet Adult Summer Workshop. While the primary focus of her training is classical ballet, she also has experience in modern, jazz and contemporary dance as well as in nonprofit Arts management.
In 2007, Emilie received her B.A. in French Studies with a minor in Art History from the University of North Texas, while performing with Lake Cities Ballet Theatre. After graduating, she joined Ballet Dallas as a company member and also performed with DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group) and as a guest artist with other North Texas dance companies. While performing, Emilie also managed working full-time at a private French school as the Executive Assistant to the Headmaster.
In 2011, Emilie founded the nonprofit professional ballet company, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet (DNCB), and served as its Artistic Director until June of 2019. At the same time, Emilie worked in Arts administration with organizations such as The Dallas Conservatory and Studio B Dance & Performing Arts.
As a choreographer, Emilie creates both original works that tend to be fun and quirky, and re-stages examples of early modernist ballets such as Le Train Bleu, Parade and Afternoon of a Faun. Her mission with Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet was to collaborate with visual artists and musicians in a similar fashion to the Ballets Russes in 20th century Paris, in order to bring wholly aesthetic ballets to the community. Under her Direction, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet was voted Best Dance Troupe of Dallas (2018) and was regularly invited to perform at major Dallas events such as the SOLUNA Festival organized by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Museum of Arts’ Brettell Lecture Series and at an event hosted by the SYFY Chanel and Alamo Drafthouse. Most recently, Emilie was asked to serve as a visiting artist for a Sculpture & Choreography Children’s Workshop at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in conjunction with their exhibit on Laurie Simmons’ Objects on Legs.
After what seems like a lifetime in Texas, Emilie’s husband accepted a job at the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, prompting their move to Oakland, where they currently reside with their two dogs. She is very excited to be joining the Alameda Ballet Academy & Alameda Civic Ballet and looks forward to getting to know the teachers, dancers and families that make up the ABA/ACB community.