Emily Wallace

Academy Director


Emily received her early training in her hometown of Schenectady, New York and later trained in Saratoga Springs, NY, under the direction of 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 under the tutelage of Francoise Martinet, Alicia Brown and Alan Senar. Additional teacher training credits were earned through intensive seminars with David Howard and courses in the Vaganova Method. Upon graduation, Emily accepted a position at The University of Idaho in 1996 as a professor of Dance, and in 1999 she was promoted to Director of Dance. Prior to coming to Boise and Ballet Idaho in 2010, Emily lived with her family in Cremolino, Italy where they ran a Bed & Breakfast and hosted programs in Art, Dance and Education. She also taught throughout the region as a freelance ballet instructor. She is excited to be entering her 5th year as Academy Director at Ballet Idaho. Emily, her husband Jeffrey, their daughters Lydia, Isabella, Juliette, and dog, Bear, love living in Boise.