Director of Education for BalletMet and Associate Director of BalletMet 2
Ambre Emory-Maier, a native of Allentown, Pa., is the Director of Education for BalletMet and Associate Director of BalletMet 2. She was the former Director of Education and Outreach for North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT) now Charlotte Ballet. Ms. Emory-Maier also worked as an artistic associate for NCDT 2, the apprentice company of NCDT. She was responsible for the development and implementation of DEEP; NCDT’s nationally recognized professional development program for public school dance educators, artist-educators and professional dancers. She co-authored an article on NCDT’s DEEP program published in The Journal of Dance Education in Fall 2005. Ambre completed her MA in Dance Reconstruction and Directing from City University of New York and holds a BA in Communications from SUNY Geneseo. Previously, she was a faculty member and Assistant Chairperson in the University of Hartford/Hartford Ballet’s Dance Division. During her 14 years in Connecticut, Ambre worked closely with The Connecticut Opera as a choreographer. Ms. Emory-Maier’s dance training and performance experience have been unique including pedagogical study in the Vaganova method, modern dance study in the Limon and Humphrey/Weidman styles and certification by The Dance Notation Bureau to teach Labanotation. In addition, Ambre trained with noted ballet masters, Truman Finney, Wang Shao Pen and Michael Uthoff and toured the U.S. as principal dancer with Polite Society, a vintage ballroom dance company. Her artistic leadership allowed SDCT’s Touring Ensemble to perform at Jacob’s Pillow to critical acclaim in The New York Times. Ms. Emory-Maier continues to serve on the Steering Committee for The National High School Dance Festival and was awarded its 2006 Outstanding Service Award. Ms. Emory-Maier has presented nationally at the NDEO, NCAAPHERD, and CORPS DE BALLET conferences. She is an advisory board member of OhioDance, board member of Moving for Life/Moving On Aerobics (NYC). Ms. Emory-Maier has acted as a grant panelist for the North Carolina Arts Council, ArtsTeach-Charlotte, NC, Dublin Arts Council, Enfield Arts Council and Culture Works in Dayton. Ambre is nationally certified at the 500-hour level by The Yoga Alliance ® to teach Hatha yoga. Her most recent article, “The Wiggle Jig: A Comprehensive Outreach Program Developed by BalletMet” was published in April 2016 in Dance Education in Practice journal.