Elizabeth McGrath - Ballet West, First Soloist
Born: Miller Place, New York.
Joined Ballet West: 2001
Promoted to Demi-Soloist: 2006
Promoted to Soloist: 2010
Promoted to First Soloist: 2013
Training: The Seiskaya Ballet in St. James, New York under the tutelage of Valia Seiskaya and the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida.
Current Repertoire:"Hermia" in Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream; "Sugar Plum Fairy" in Willam Christensen's The Nutcracker; the Pas de Trois in Swan Lake; George Balanchine's Serenade and Chaconne, and Rifle Regiment in Balanchine's Stars and Stripes; the 2010 world premieres of Aidan DeYoung's Outward and Michael Bearden's Descent; John Butler’s Carmina Burana; "Lilac Fairy" in Adam Sklute's newly conceived and produced The Sleeping Beauty; Jiri Kylian's Sinfonietta; and Nicolo Fonte's Bolero.
Notable Roles: "Odette/Odile" in the Adam Sklute’s newly conceived and produced Swan Lake; "Russian Girl" in George Balanchine’s Serenade; "Hippolyta" in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Third Pas De Deux from Hans Van Manen's In and Out; Act III Pas de Deux from Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote; Peasant Pas De Deux in Giselle; “Autumn Fairy” in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella; Antony Tudor’s Echoing of Trumpets and The Leaves are Fading; and Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Concerto Barocco, and Theme and Variations.
Additional Information: A six-time scholarship winner with the Ballet Education and Scholarship Fund, Inc. (BESFI), she was sponsored and competed at age 15 as a finalist in the 8th Concours International de Danse de Paris. Elizabeth earned a Gold Medal from the Youth America Grand Prix in New York in 2001 and garnered the Jeannot B. Cerrone Award at the Harid Conservatory for excellence in performance.