The concept for Ballet Embody started over beer & wings while a group of bunheads discussed ballet at Buffalo Wild Wings. The group yearned for a synergistic environment where dancers could actively participate in the creation process. Their ideals stretched beyond a collaborative process into a realm that was constructive and where dancers enjoyed and fully embodied their dancing. The dancers' enjoyment wouldn't stay hoarded in the rehearsal studio and would extend into theatre spaces, sparking appreciation and enjoyment for audiences. We are energized by our dancers and aim to highlight each of their strengths and personalities through thematic and narrative work. Emily & Melissa co-founded Ballet Embody on April 16, 2019 as a fiscally sponsored organization through Fractured Atlas.
Emily's inspiration for her first evening-length work came from the poetic and short stories of Baltimore legend Edgar Allan Poe. Ballet Embody is pushing forward into a new season motivated to create innovative and exciting work.
Ballet Embody is committed to anti-racist work and activism against social injustice, such as supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. We encourage ongoing learning and conversation in striving to become the most inclusive company we can be.
Ballet Embody values collaboration not only within our company of artists but also across disciplines. Our graphics and logo were designed by local graphic designer Sarah Patterini. For An Evening of Poe we worked with local musician and music editor Matthew Polonchak.
Interested in collaborating with us? Let us know!