From Manchester, Conn.
With Nashville Ballet since 2010
Training and Education
Hartford Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Atlanta Ballet
Originally from Manchester, Conn., Katie Eliason began her dance training at Hartford Ballet under the direction of Susan Brooker and Franco De Vita. While at Hartford Ballet, she was in Kirk Peterson’s American Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. She also was the inaugural recipient of the Francine Goldfarb Scholarship in 2005. Eliason spent her summers furthering her training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts and Walnut Hill, among others. Eliason danced with BalletMet Columbus and Atlanta Ballet as a trainee prior to joining NB2 in 2010.
While at Atlanta Ballet, she danced in John McFall’s Peter Pan and Lauri Stalling’s Big. In her three years as a member of Nashville Ballet second company, Eliason had the pleasure of performing in many Community Engagement productions across Tennessee as well as participating in W.I.P. (Works In Progress), a project to benefit local animal shelters. She has been featured as The Cat in Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s Peter and the Wolf and a soloist in Kelsey Bartman’s Sonata Representativa. Eliason has had the opportunity to dance with the company in such performances as Vasterling’s Carmina Burana, Peter Pan and The Ben Folds Project. Eliason was also in Gina Patterson’s …but the flowers have yet to come, Dominic Walsh’s The Whistling and Christopher Bruce's Moonshine.
When not dancing, Eliason is an avid reader, a budding chef and loves exploring all Nashville has to offer.