Emma Topalova began her ballet training at Pittsburgh Ballet House and continued her studies upon invitation at Canada’s National Ballet School on scholarship. Her repertoire includes Robert Binet and Esie Mensah’s The Call, James Kudelka’s Four Seasons and The Nutcracker, Marius Petipa’s La Bayadère and Paquita, and Jera Wolf’s Arise.
Topalova won the Hope Award at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Semi-Finals in 2016 and 2017, the 2018 Youth Grand Prix Award, and the Silver Medal in 2017 at the YAGP NYC finals. She was the recipient of the Wallace F McCain Award from 2018-2023 and the Peter Dwyer Award and Christopher Ondaatje Prize in 2023.
Topalova joined Boston Ballet as an artist of the Company in 2023.