Emily Wallace

Academy Director


Emily received her early training in her hometown of Schenectady, New York and later trained in Saratoga Springs, NY, with Elizabeth Carroll and Olga Kostritzky. Emily danced professionally for nine years with Nevada Dance Theatre, Ballet Iowa, and Ballet Omaha. She later earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. Fulfilling a three year Graduate Assistantship, she had teacher training in both classical and contemporary techniques under the tutelage of Francoise Martinet, Alicia Brown, and Alan Senar. After graduate school, Emily worked as an assistant professor at the University of Idaho, and was later promoted to Director of the Dance Program. As program director, her responsibilities included directing biannual productions, overseeing faculty, curriculum and program development and teaching ballet and contemporary, as well as a dance history course.

Prior to coming to Boise and Ballet Idaho, Emily lived with her family in Cremolino, Italy where they ran a Bed & Breakfast and hosted programs in Dance, Art, and Education. She also taught locally as a freelance ballet instructor. Emily has gained additional teacher training credits through the Vaganova method beginning level course while in Italy, and through intensive seminars with David Howard and just recently with Pacific Northwest Ballet. She loves her work at Ballet Idaho Academy and remains committed to curriculum development and building a strong faculty, which together leads to high student achievements. During her leadership, a number of students have studied at high caliber summer programs and year-round programs on scholarship while others have gone on to dance professionally.