From Chicago, Ill.
With Nashville Ballet since 2017
Training and Education
Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Imani Sailers began training with Homer Bryant at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center at three years old. During her training, Sailers had the honor of dancing at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2010 Inaugural White House Dance Series and performing in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She also spent her summers attending dance intensive programs at various institutions including The School at Jacob’s Pillow and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Sailers enrolled in Indiana University’s (IU) Jacobs School of Music in 2013 where she performed works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and more.
Upon graduating IU with a B.S. in ballet with an outside field in political science, Sailers joined NB2 in 2017 and was quickly promoted to company apprentice in 2018. As a member of Nashville Ballet’s official second company, Sailers continued to perfect her artistry and craft while gaining a great deal of performance experience. In addition to performing in numerous community engagement productions, Sailers was able to join the company in mainstage performances including The Sleeping Beauty, Nashville’s Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Western Symphony and Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s Carmina Burana.
In her free time, Sailers has enjoyed making Nashville her new home by exploring the city and trying new local restaurants.