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Israel Ellis

Corps de Ballet

Joined The Sarasota Ballet in 2022 as an Apprentice, promoted to Corps de Ballet in 2023.

Born: Ohio and raised in West Virginia

Training: The Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company, The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Arts Triumphant Dance Theatre

Previous company: None

Favorite quote:Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Favorite role: Elite Syncopations! I loved dancing with the orchestra on stage and feeling that booming ragtime music. It’s a ballet that I’ve watched videos of many other amazing companies perform and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!

Favorite costume: Child of Darkness from Dante’s Sonata. This costume is basically nude shorts with a black snake-like fabric climbing up your leg, around your waist, and onto your arm. Super fun and super evil looking!

Fun fact: I love to sing, write songs, and play guitar!