Elizabeth Keller

Principal Dancer

Biography

Elizabeth was born in Dubai, UAE and started her ballet training at the Royal Academy of Dance in London.
After moving back to the United States, she continued her training at Ballet Center of Houston under the direction of Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome. At 15, she was invited to train at The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet on full scholarship. She danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet for two seasons and was coached extensively by “Prima Ballerina Assoluta”, Violette Verdy. She then joined Miami City Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella for ten seasons. With MCB, Elizabeth danced many principal, soloist and corps de ballet roles in works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, John Cranko, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Anthony Tudor,
Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Trey McIntyre, Marius Petips, and August Bournonville. She also danced with Miami Contemporary Dance Company and taught on the faculty at Miami City Ballet School. She was appointed Children’s Ballet Mistress for Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” from 2009-2012. During the summers, Elizabeth taught at MCBS, Ballet Center of Houston and helped run and was on the faculty at the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Elizabeth moved to Boise to dance with Trey McIntyre Project and is now dancing with Ballet Idaho as a principal dancer in her third season with the company. She has been trained in the “Dance for PD” method and has taught Dance for Parkinson’s classes all over the country. She started the first Dance for Parkinson’s program in Idaho in 2014, sponsored by Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation and Ballet Idaho. Elizabeth also teaches ballet on faculty at
Ballet Idaho Academy and Eagle Performing Arts Center.

Sponsored for the 2016/17 season by Teresa and Tom Killingsworth.