Elise Judson, Corps de ballet
Deane Dance Center
Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy
Joined the Company
Romeo and Juliet and Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort
One defining moment:
The two most defining moments in my career have been taking my bows as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker and as one of the Angels in Christopher Bruce's Intimate Pages. The Sugar Plum Fairy was one of my first Principal roles, and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of that first performance was one of the most incredible moments in my career. And for my bow as an Angel, I felt an insurmountable amount of pride that I was a part of such a wonderful work of art that was so challenging and rewarding to perform.
Elise Judson was born in Sacramento, California, where she trained under Barbara Crockett and Allyson Deane at the Deane Dance Center. In August of 2007, Elise became a member of Houston Ballet II, where she performed in many ballets, including a world premiere by Stanton Welch, choreographed to Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes Op. 52 for Da Camera of Houston. Since joining the company in November of 2007, Elise has enjoyed being featured in many ballets, her favorites including: Stanton Welch's Falling; the first pas de deux in Antony Tudor's The Leaves are Fading; the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker; Neapolitan Princess in Stanton Welch's Swan Lake, Jiri Kylian's Falling Angels, the Arabian Pas de Deux in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker, the fourth solo in George Balanchine's Ballo Della Regina, Vicki in Stanton Welch's Of Blessed Memory; an Angel in Christopher Bruce's Intimate Pages, the Green Girl in Stanton Welch's Maninyas; and William Forsythe's The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. Elise was fortunate enough to be featured as the "On The Rise" dancer in Dance Magazine issue for April 2014. Elise is married to fellow Houston Ballet dancer, Rhodes Elliott.
Headshot by: Pam Francis