Elizabeth Rae

Classical Ballet Teacher


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 1975 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 Theatre, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Yorkshire Dance, and in 2007 Senior Ballet Teacher at Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet. She served as Artistic Director of the Legat School of Dance in Association with the St Bede’s Trust, and in 2014 was invited to be guest teacher and repetiteur with Ballet Manila in the Philippines.

Elizabeth has worked for film and Television including Year Dot (2008/9) for Channel 4 (UK) a documentary of student success and Ballet School (2009/10) filmed at Elmhurst for BBC1.

Elizabeth was Master Teacher, tutor, mentor and examiner for the British Ballet Organisation’s Teaching Qualification Programme, and regular freelance Ballet Master, repetiteur, choreographer in the UK and Europe. She joined the Academy of Northern Ballet in September.

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). 

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The CAT programme has been an amazing experience for me, to have such intensive training without moving away to ballet school…