Elizabeth Barreto

Principal Dancer


Elizabeth was born in La Grande, Oregon. She received the majority of her dance training in California with Lawrence and Sarma Rosenberg at the Anaheim Ballet School, supplemented by private coaching with Nancy Raffa, Stanley Holden, Alexander Greschenko, and Jillana. Elizabeth won third place in Youth America Grand Prix competitions and competed in the New York City finals, after which she was invited to perform in the Young Medalists Gala at the Miami International Dance Festival. In 2007, Elizabeth joined Anaheim Ballet and performed with the company for four years in addition to teaching at Anaheim Ballet School.

In 2016, during Elizabeth’s sixth season with Ballet Idaho, she was promoted to principal dancer. Recent notable roles include Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, principal couple in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie, First Violin in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Wendy in Peter Pan, and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Elizabeth is a dance apparel designer and owner of Barreto Dancewear. Her designs are worn by professional dancers worldwide.

Sponsored for the 2017/18 season by Jacque and Hal Eastman.