Elizabeth Grande, a native of Dalton, Massachusetts, began dancing at the age of three. Her first professional training experience was with the Bossov Ballet Theatre in Pittsfield, Maine where she studied for three consecutive summers. She then decided to broaden her dance education and was accepted as a dance major at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in 2007. There she performed a variety of roles in numerous works, including the lead in Raymonda, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and also roles in Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle, Les Sylphides, Bolero, Steps in the Street, and Dark Elegies. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Pedagogy. Upon graduating, Elizabeth gained her first professional position as an apprentice with Ballet Theatre of Maryland. She completed three seasons with the company performing in an assortment of classical and contemporary ballets. Elizabeth has also performed as a guest artist with the Eastern Connecticut Ballet and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and completed summer training with American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, and José Mateo Ballet Theatre. Alongside her professional dance career, Elizabeth teaches ballet and modern dance. She spent three years on faculty at Ballet Theatre of Maryland and is a faculty member of the Charlottesville Ballet Academy. Elizabeth is grateful to continue pursuing her passion for dance as she enters her second season with the Charlottesville Ballet.