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artÉmotion is under the Artistic Direction of Ballet West First Soloist Allison DeBona and Ballet West Principal Rex Tilton. artÉmotion’s inaugural year was 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio where they established a two week summer intensive for ballet students. In 2016 it grew to offer programs in both Cleveland and Detroit, Michigan.   In 2017 the artÉmotion Summer Intensive partnered with the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy, official school of Ballet West. This strategic partnership between artÉmotion and Ballet West saw Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton leading a two-week Choreographic Workshop in Salt Lake City, Utah. DeBona and Tilton also continue their well-established Intensive in Cleveland, Ohio for pre-professional students as well as their acclaimed one week Adult Ballet Summer Intensive every summer in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton believe training is vital to honing their craft and want to share as many opportunities with fellow dance professionals and students, alike. In 2019, they have made it artÉmotion’s goal to reach more dancers by offering MASTER CLASSES and PRIVATE LESSONS across the country with an emphasis of turning Salt Lake City, Utah into a premiere dance hub. 


We develop Artists, not just Dancers.

artÉmotion shapes students into multidimensional dancers by asking them to stretch beyond their physical abilities and help them find their inner voices as artists. Our mission is facilitated by our curriculum. Students of artÉmotion will explore their artistry and technique in tandem. No movement without a purpose, without a unique story.


Students will learn from world class instructors trained in a multitude of classical and contemporary techniques.


Students will be asked to connect with their personal experiences to evoke meaning behind their steps. No movement without a purpose. That is why Acting classes are an integral part of our curriculum at artÉmotion.


Our faculty will encourage students to push beyond their comfort zones physically and mentally to reach their fullest potential as dancers, but most importantly, artists.