Imani Sailers

From Chicago, Ill.
With Nashville Ballet since 2017

Training and Education
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center


Imani Sailers was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Sailers began her dance training at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center at age three. During her early years, Sailers had the honor of dancing at the White House for Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2010 Inaugural White House Dance Series and also performing in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Sailers attended various summer courses including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and The School at Jacob’s Pillow. For advanced training, Sailers enrolled in and graduated from Indiana University’s (IU) Jacobs School of Music in 2013 with a B.S. in Ballet with an Outside Field in Political Science. At IU, Sailers performed works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and more.

Sailers joined NB2 in 2017 and was quickly promoted to company apprentice after one year. In 2018, she was also named one of Pointe Magazine’s “Stars of the Corps”. After a season as a company apprentice, Sailers was promoted to company dancer in 2019.

During her time at Nashville Ballet, Sailers has performed roles in Nashville’s Nutcracker, resident choreographer Christopher Stuart’s Seven Deadly Sins, Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery, Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s Lucy Negro Redux and Carmina Burana, and more.

In her free time, Sailers has enjoyed making Nashville her home by exploring the city and trying new local restaurants.