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 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, and a two-week Summer Intensive for pre-professional students in St. George, Utah. DeBona and Tilton continue their well-established Summer Intensive for Adults in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Adult Ballet Workshop in St. George, 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. artÉmotion is dedicated to fostering a dance environment dedicated to operating diversely, equitably, and inclusively. In 2019, they had made it artÉmotion’s goal to reach more dancers. In addition to their summer intensives for students and adults, they now offer VIRTUAL OPEN CLASSES, and VIRTUAL AND IN PERSON MASTER CLASSES and PRIVATE LESSONS , with an emphasis of turning Salt Lake City, Utah into a premiere dance hub.
In August 2021, Allison DeBona was appointed Principal of the Ballet West Academy Peggy Bergman Park City Campus.