Molly Daly, Ballet Mistress

Molly Daly

Molly Daly is a teacher and the Ballet Mistress at Peoria Ballet. She is also a dance instructor at Illinois Wesleyan University. She is a certified teacher with ABT’s National Training Curriculum for Pre-Ballet to Level Three, and has an IM=X Pilates certification. She teaches many levels of ballet, as well as contemporary and jazz.

Ms. Daly stages ballet for internationally acclaimed choreographer Septime Webre. She has set his work on Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Ballet Austin, Sacramento Ballet, Diablo Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. She has co-choreographed a full-length Coppelia, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker for the Peoria Ballet. Her choreography has been performed by Peoria Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, and at various venues in New York City and Hartford.She has also co-choreographed for the Illinois Wesleyan University Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert.

Ms. Daly was a principal dancer in the American Repertory Ballet. She has also danced in Hartford Ballet, Ballet Michigan, Eglevsky Ballet, and as a scholarship student, performed with Pennsylvania Ballet. She has danced in major works by Septime Webre, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Alvin Ailey, Choo San Goh, Robert Joffrey, Kirk Peterson, and Kevin O’Day. Some of her favorite lead roles include Juliet (Romeo & Juliet), Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Sugar Plum (Nutcracker), Balanchine’s Sanguinic (Four Temperaments), and Waltz Girl (Serenade). She has performed in the world-renowed Vail Dance Festival “International Principal Dancer’s Pas de Deux.” She was one of twelve principal dancers from around the world, where she danced three different pas de deux. The following year, the Vail Dance Festival asked her and her partner to perform Septime Webre’s Romeo and Juliet Balcony Pas de Deux for the grant opening of the Beaver Creek Theater.

Ms. Daly trained on scholarship in the professional division at the Pennsylvania Ballet, with the Milwaulee Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.