Elizabeth Clarke was born in Pittsburgh, PA and started dancing at the age of 9. She went on to receive her professional training through Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s Schenley Program, and spent summers training at The National Ballet School of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She received her first professional contract with Ballet West II at the age of 17 and went on to dance with The National Ballet of Portugal (Companhia Nacional de Bailado) and Ballet Arizona.
Elizabeth’s classical repertory includes the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker (with Ballet West II), Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Giselle, Konservatoriet, and Napoli. Her neo-classical repertoire includes Mauro Bigonzetti’s Kazimir’s Colours; Ib Andersen’s Play and 1052; and George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments.
Elizabeth has enjoyed teaching ballet, pointe, and variations to all ages and levels for 5 years. She has been invited to teach at numerous summer intensives in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Elizabeth enjoys the process of sharing her passion for dance with the next generation of dancers. She is married to Ross Clarke- former principal dancer with Ballet Arizona.