Emily Molnar, the Artistic Director of Ballet BC since 2009, continues to steer the unique company of 18 dancers into an era of innovative, creative and collaborative dance. Named as one of Canada’s “new generation of ballet sensations” (MacLean’s magazine), Molnar is a graduate of the National Ballet School and a former member of the National Ballet of Canada; a soloist with the Frankfurt Ballet under director William Forsythe; and a principal dancer with Ballet BC.
Molnar is an internationally respected and critically acclaimed artist who has worked and toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada and the US. She has created and performed works as a choreographer and solo artist, including commissions for Ballet BC, Alberta Ballet, Ballet Mannheim, Ballet Augsburg, Cedar Lake Dance, Pro Arte Danza and Morphoses / The Wheeldon Company, among others. Her most recent works include between disappearing and becoming and Aniel for Ballet BC.
In 2005 Molnar was invited to participate in The New York City Choreographic Institute where she worked with dancers from The New York City Ballet. Molnar has worked closely with mentor Margie Gillis through her own solo work, in performing Gillis’ Speak and M.Body.7, and in collaborating on Breathing in Bird Bones.
As an active mentor, advocate, and coach, Molnar follows her passion to nurture artists and choreographers, educate and support the research and development of dance and artistic leadership, and explore the role of the artist in society. Molnar currently serves as a director of the BC Arts Council and as a committee member of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Arts Based Initiative, and is also a former member of the Dance Advisory Committee of the Canada Council for the Arts.