Elizabeth Kanning


Originally from Seattle, Washington, Elizabeth began studying ballet with Jill Adomaitis before finishing her training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She joined the second company of Oregon Ballet Theatre under the direction of Kevin Irving, Anthony Jones and Lisa Sundstrom. At OBT, she had the opportunity to perform larger works such as Romeo and Juliet, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and Serenade, and Swan Lake with the main company while also performing soloist and principal roles in smaller outreach shows for the Portland community. 

Elizabeth has also danced professionally with Ballet Austin and Ballet Tucson. Over the years she has had the joy of performing soloist roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s Five Movements and Three Repeats; George Balanchine’s Serenade, Walpurgisnacht, Valse Fantasie and Concerto Barocco; Thang Dao’s Quiet Imprint; Stephen Mills’ Giselle and Swan Lake; and Jen Hart’s Murmurations. During her time at Ballet Austin, Elizabeth also had the opportunity to teach in the Ballet Austin Academy and the Butler Community School. She taught ballet, pointe and conditioning classes for students ranging from 5 and 6 year olds to adults. 

Additionally, Elizabeth has enjoyed spending her summers dancing in intensives with NW Dance Project, DanceWorks Chicago and The School at Jacob’s Pillow where she has had the chance to perform works by Ihsan Rustem, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Jennifer Archibald.

This is Elizabeth’s first season with Ballet Idaho.

Generously sponsored for the 2022.23 season by Stefanie Fry.