Elise Thomas

Elise Thomas

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse

“My first slow dance was to a Fred Penner song. I was wearing a polka dot tutu, and was on the concert hall stage. We were three. He missed his cue to twirl me, so I took over as lead. It was all very cute” says Miss Elise. From that first duo on, much of her studio life has been spent at Royal Dance, where she trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and pointe. She has also had the pleasure of attending classes and workshops with industry leaders in New York City, Montreal, and Minneapolis and began teaching at Royal Dance in 2006. Miss Elise feels that there are few better feelings than having a spark of creativity, molding and shaping it into a phrase of choreography, and then seeing it come to life in surprising and beautiful ways as you set it on eager dancers. She is also a high school teacher teaching mostly English and dance classes. She loves reading, binging Netflix series, Pinterest-ing decor for her future dream house. Her students know her classes are tough but fair!