Emilie Skinner began her classical training at the age of six with Gilbert Rome and Victoria Vittum performing with their company Houston Repertoire Ballet until graduating High School. She has studied at summer intensives including Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Austin Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She has also attended the SIBA international training program in Salzburg, Austria. While the primary focus of her training is classical ballet, she also has experience in modern, jazz and contemporary dance. Emilie received her BA in French studies with a minor in Art history from the Univiersity of North Texas, while performing with local ballet companies. In 2011, Emilie founded the nonprofit professional ballet company, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet (DNCB), and served as its Artistic Director until moving to the Bay Area in June of 2019.