Elise began her training under the direction of Barbara Banakakowski Smith with The Greater Lansing Ballet Company, while annually participating in the Regional Dance America Festival. She was coached by Madame Gribinova from the Vaganova School of Ballet, and Judy Rice associate professor of dance at the University of Michigan. Elise attended her freshman year of high school at Walnut Hill Performing Arts School in Boston, MA. She attended and graduated from Grand Valley State University as a dance major on scholarship, training under Calin Radulescu. Here she worked with Chicko Imada, Amanda Edge, Ramon Flowers, Daniel Ulbrich, and Thang Dao. She danced many principal roles in ballets including Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker. Elise was also fortunate enough to perform Balanchine works, including the soloist role in La Source. Elise attended summer programs at Ballet Moscow, Ballet Magnificat, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, The Joffrey Ballet and The Colorado Ballet on scholarship. Elise has performed as a guest artist with Dance Gross Ile and Springfield Ballet. This is Elise’s seventh season with Missouri Contemporary Ballet.