Guest Instructor/Choreographer + Social Media Consultant
Elsie Neilson began her dance training at Pottstown Dance Theatre and later joined Kimberton Dance Academy as one of its first students during its opening year in 2012. She later went on to receive her BFA in Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) while graduating Summa Cum Laude. In addition to her dance studies, Elsie has received her Teacher Certifications in the Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS) Levels I and II, as well as her certification in Thai Bodywork. Additionally, she has attended multiple intensives such as Doug Varone and Dancers Winter Workshop (2020), Bates Dance Festival (2019, 2018), BalletX (2016, 2015), and Princeton Ballet (2014). Both years attending Bates Dance Festival she received a partial scholarship for a work/study position in technical production. During her time at VCU, Elsie had the pleasure of performing in multiple guest artist and faculty works choreographed by Jenna Riegel, Helen Simonaeu, Autumn Proctor, Melanie Richards, and Eric Rivera. Elsie’s own choreographic works have been presented in many festivals and concerts in Philadelphia, PA and Richmond, VA. In 2019 she became a member of Opus 1 Dance Company. Elsie continues to perform and choreograph while teaching dance at studios throughout PA and New Jersey.