began her ballet training at the age of 8 with Darlene Myers in Schenectady, NY, where she went on to dance professionally as a Principal Dancer with Northeast Ballet Company and a founding member of the Northeast Ballet Dance Ensemble. Through her training with Myers, she has studied Master classes from numerous artists such as Edward Villela, Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, Deborah Wingert, formally of New York City Ballet and New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Philip Neal, Jenifer Ringer, and Wendy Whelan. Over the years she has also taken Master classes from Ethan Steifel and Mikko Nissinen, among others.
Ms. Coen’s performance experience includes Northeast Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker, where she has danced, Snow Pas de Deux, Spanish Lead and Marzipan Lead. She has also appeared in Cinderella and many premiere works for the company. Ms. Coen has also performed leading roles in programs such as Stories That Dance, local school outreach lecture demonstrations, and various company repertoire pieces throughout the years. Her latest performance was August 2011 with Northeast Ballet Dance Ensemble in The Dancer’s Project, a collaborative choreographic showcase, where she appeared in works by Matt Pardo and Alex Lindsey.
In 2003 Ms. Coen began teaching ballet at Myers Ballet School in Schenectady. Her classes ranged from Novice to Company level, including all levels of Pointe. She has also been a certified Kindermusik instructor.
In the summer of 2011 Emalie relocated to Bentonville, Arkansas. She taught locally during the 2011- 2012 year and is excited to bring her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the NWA Ballet Theatre. Emalie also serves as faculty at the Northwest Arkansas Conservatory of Classical Ballet. Mrs. Coen is especially delighted to serve as Artistic Director for the Conservatory production of The Nutcracker!
Emalie has four children: Isabella, John, Anna, and Gregory.