Artistic Leadership

Elisa Schroth - Artistic Director

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Elisa began her early ballet training at Eastern Connecticut Ballet and Connecticut Concert Ballet. She was accepted into summer programs such as American Ballet Theater, Burklyn Ballet Theater, and Moscow Ballet. Elisa was cast in corps de ballet and leading roles in classical ballets such as "The Nutcracker," "Les Sylphides," "Swan Lake," "Paquita," and "Sleeping Beauty." After graduating high school, Elisa continued to pursue her B.F.A. in Ballet at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. While attending Belhaven, Elisa also performed as a guest artist for Ballet Mississippi and performed in ballets such as "The Nutcracker" and "Aida." Elisa found her love for teaching while instructing a dance program at a local Boys and Girls Club in Jackson. In 2003, Elisa returned to Connecticut to complete her dance education and certification in Dance Pedagogy and Performance at the Hartford Conservatory. While at the Conservatory, Elisa danced for local choreographer Sonia Plumb and performed in the 5X5 Dance Festival as a Company Artist. She was also an intern with Jaques D’amboise of New York City Ballet at the National Dance Institute. In 2005, Elisa founded and continues to work as the Artistic Director of Christian Academy of Dance, a pre-professional dance academy in Killingworth, CT. Many of her students have gone on to pursue a professional career in dance or teaching. Elisa is an ABT® Certified Teacher. She has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and incorporates this syllabus into her students’ training. In 2007, Elisa worked to have a ballet summer dance intensive for ages 5-adult translated into Spanish and traveled to implement the program at a church in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. In the summers of 2008 and 2009, Elisa traveled to Juarez, Mexico teaching dance for Emmanuel Ministries. She has performed original works by choreographers Randall Flinn, Steve Rooks, Katie Stevinson-Nollet, and Ruth Lewis and has been a guest instructor for New Haven Ballet, Connecticut Concert Ballet, and Southern Connecticut State University. In 2010, Elisa was awarded the rights to create a ballet based on the book "Hinds Feet on High Places," by Hannah Hurnard and has also choreographed original ballets inspired by films such as "The Red Shoes" and "An American in Paris." Elisa is the writer of "Ahavah: The Story of Christmas," which she has directed and produced for 12 years. Elisa envisioned the Christian Academy of Dance feeding into a professional company one day, providing dancers with the opportunity to pursue a professional career in dance and ministry. In 2013, she co-founded Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet and became the Artistic Director in the Spring of 2017. Elisa is married to artist, Jon Schroth and together they have two boys, Clayton Ryan and Asher Karl.