Iona Newell

Iona Newell

Founding Company Member

Iona Newell received her early training at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet.  She danced professionally for twelve years: three with Louisville Ballet and nine with Ballet Quad Cities. She also spent six summers as a dancer and counselor for Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont.  Iona has performed a wide range of choreography, including classics like Don Quixote and Giselle; George Balanchine’s Serenade, and contemporary works by Johanne Jakhelln, Deanna Carter, Mathew Keefe, Dominic Walsh, and Domingo Rubio.  She was featured in a number of soloist and principal roles with Ballet Quad Cities, among them Cinderella in Johanne Jakhelln’s production of Cinderella, Mina in Deanna Carter’s Dracula, and Juliet in Courtney Lyon’s restaging of Jakhelln's Romeo and Juliet in the 21st Century. She retired from Ballet Quad Cities in 2009 and returned to Pittsburgh to attend school full time near her family.  Iona graduated summa cum laude from Chatham University in 2011 with a B.F.A. in Creative Writing. She was a founding member of our company when it was known as eMotionCo Dance.  Since 2003, she has also enjoyed working with individuals who have intellectual disabilities.  Iona is currently employed by Mercy Behavioral Health.  She continues to write and dance and also practices yoga.

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