Originally from Overland Park, KS, Elizabeth (Ellie) Abbick began her dance training at Legacy School of the Arts. She continued her education at Butler University on the Presidential Scholarship, performing soloist roles in works such as Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi, Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera, and George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, as well as Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. She graduated magna cum laude in 2018 with a BFA in Dance Performance with highest honors, and a minor in Mathematics. She completed the University Honors Program, writing a thesis discussing the importance of K-12 arts funding. Ellie danced as a trainee and in the Studio Company of Louisville Ballet for three seasons, performing in Adam Hougland’s Romeo + Juliet, Alun Jones’s Cinderella, Robert Curran’s Giselle, and Andrea Schermoly’s Rite of Spring, among other works. Ellie is so excited to join Louisville Ballet as a Company Artist this season.