Keep in touch

Get our e-newsletters

Recent updates

1984 Casts

South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Elizabeth Rae

Classical Ballet Teacher
ELizabeth (Lisa) Rae with Richard Sykes, Frankfurt Ballet


Elizabeth started training with Margaret Jaffé at The Northern Dance Centre (formally Braybrooks Academy) in West Yorkshire UK, before winning a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. Her first professional work was with the Royal Ballet as a student in the Leonide Massine Lectures at The Place in London, and with the Royal Ballet Choreographic group as the female lead in Collaboration One choreographed by Royston Muldoom.

In 1973 Elizabeth joined Oakland Ballet in California USA and was soon promoted to Soloist after working with Eugene Loring in his Billy the Kid. There she also danced in the works of Dolin, Nijinska, Fokine, Petipa and Guidi.

1977 she was invited to join Norman McDowell’s London Theatre Ballet as a Principal Dancer, in works of Carter, Nijinska, Lester and others. Robert North created for her the role of Lady Macbeth in his ballet Macbeth.

Marinel Stefanescu formed Compania Balletto Classico in Italy in 1978 and she became a founder member. Her roles included the Gypsy Queen in Don Quixote.

Őstgőta Ballett in Sweden asked Elizabeth to dance as Principal Artist in 1979, her roles included: Annabel Lee, from George Skibine, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, and the Principal Girl in William Dollar’s Divertimento.

She joined Frankfurt Ballet in Germany in 1980 and her roles included, a soloist pair in Ballanchine’s Divertimento Nr 15, The Street Dancer in Petrushka, Faschingstanz in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Schäferspiele from Uwe Scholz, Sinfonie in D from Jiri Kylián, The English Tea Party in Vor, Während und nach dem Fest from Toer van Schayk. In 1980, Peter Wright set his Giselle on the company and she also danced in ballets by William Forsythe, Egon Madsen, Glen Tetley, John Neumeier, Fred Howald, Kent Stowell, Lew Iwanow, Marius Petipa, and Michael Fokine.

As a Master Teacher she is much in demand, having taught at the Royal Ballet School and White Lodge in London, Oakland Ballet, The Theatre Ballet of San Francisco, Frankfurt Ballet, Phoenix Dance Company, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Yorkshire Dance Centre, and 2007 was invited to become, Senior Ballet Teacher at Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

2011 Elizabeth was asked to become the Artistic Director of the Legat School of Dance in Association with the St Bede’s Trust.

Elizabeth is Master Teacher, Tutor, Mentor and Examiner for the British Ballet Organization’s Teaching Qualification Programme, and regular freelance Ballet Master, Repetiteur, Choreographer in the UK and Europe. She joined the staff of Northern Ballet Academy in September 2013.

Her choreographic works have been performed by Frankfurt Ballet, San Francisco Theatre Ballet and Oakland Ballet, the most well known being None but the Lions... for Frankfurt Ballet (1982).

Elizabeth has worked for film and Television, the most recent being Year Dot (2008/9) for Channel 4 (UK) a yearlong documentary of student success. 2009/10, the year long documentary Ballet School BBC Wales (UK) was filmed at Elmhurst, and BBC1 (UK) Blue Peter.

Her written publications are The Siege of Paris for Oldenburg Staatstheater in German (1987), and The Ballet Master with the ordinary Nose for the Legat Society UK in English (1988).

She holds the Choreographic Diploma Theory of Composition Leonide Massine (The Royal Ballet School, London).