Elise began her early years of 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, Elizabeta Petrova, and Judy Rice. Elise attended her freshman year of high school at Walnut Hill Performing Arts School in Boston, MA. She attended Grand Valley State University as a dual enrolled student for the rest of her high school dance training. She graduated as a dance major on scholarship from G.V.S.U. training under Calin Radulescu and Jefferson Baum. She has worked with Chieko Imada, Amanda Edge, Ramon Flowers, Daniel Ulbricht, and Thang Dao. She danced many principal roles in ballets including Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker. Elise was fortunate enough to perform Balanchine works, including the soloist role in La Source. Elise joined Missouri Contemporary ballet in 2010. She has performed as a guest artist with Dance Grosse Ile and Springfield Ballet. Elise is also a certified Pilates instructor and teaches various mat and reformer pilates classes around Columbia, Missouri. Elise was voted Columbia’s Silver Best Pilates Instructor for “Inside Columbia” this past year. This is Elise’s tenth season with Missouri Contemporary Ballet.