Elizabeth Sherlock-Lewis

Elizabeth S.

New York, NY

About Elizabeth S.

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Elizabeth teaches: Females 3 and up
Males 3 to 17
Teaching since: August 2007
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I am a professional ballet dancer, currently performing with New York Theatre Ballet in New York City. I have been teaching ballet for over 8 years, and I have experience teaching all ages and levels.

I am an ABT Certified Teacher, and have successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum.

My method is to treat each student as an individual, catering to their unique learning style, and progressing them to reach specific goals, which we define together. Formally, I was trained in the Balanchine style, but currently I work in versatile methods and styles. My class is physically and aesthetically balanced. I teach absolute beginner through advanced ballet, as well pointe and variations.

I hold a BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a BA in French Literature and Culture from NYU College of Arts and Science. In addition to teaching private and group ballet lessons, currently I am a dancer with New York Theatre Ballet, and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance. In addition to performing, I am on the faculty at the Ballet School of Stamford.

This past spring, I performed with American Ballet Theatre in Alexei Ratmansky's world premiere production of The Sleeping Beauty at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. I also had the opportunity to dance with Armitage Gone! Dance in the world premiere of "On the Nature of Things," a contemporary ballet performed at the American Museum of Natural History. Prior to moving to New York I was an apprentice dancer with Richmond Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theatre.

Photos and Videos

Eliza performing Sugar Plum Fairy solo from The Nutcracker, December 2015


Ballet Dancer

May 2015 - Present
New York Theatre Ballet

Selected to join New York Theatre Ballet, a professional ballet company with performances in New York and around the country for the 2015-2016 season

Artisan Dance Company

Oct 2014 - Present
Principal Dancer

Performed principal roles in The Nutcracker, including Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen, at Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Orange County, NY.

Soloist Contemporary Ballet Dancer

Jun 2014 - Present
Brooklyn Contemporary Ballet Collective

Soloist dancer in contemporary ballet works created in collaboration with Artistic Director, Melissa Padham

Soloist Contemporary Ballet Dancer

Oct 2013 - Present
Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance

Asked by the chair of the NYU Tisch Dance Department to perform while completing degree

Ballet Instructor

Nov 2012 - Present
Privately Employed

Weekly private and group intermediate ballet lessons

Tailored class progression to each individual student’s needs

Character Dancer and Actor

May 2015 - Jun 2015
American Ballet Theatre

Selected to join the cast of Alexei Ratmansky’s world premiere production of Sleeping Beauty

Performed various character roles in ABT’s 75th Anniversary season at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center

Education and Training Intern

Jan 2015 - May 2015
American Ballet Theatre JKO School

Administrative responsibilities for Children’s Division, Pre-Professional Division, and ABT Studio Company

Assisted in production management of JKO School and Studio Company Performances, as well as ABT’s 75th Anniversary Gala

Extensive studio management responsibilities including front desk, costume shop organization and maintenance, and studio inventory

Assistant Teacher and Choreographer for the Primary Division, adhering to ABT’s National Training Curriculum

Assistant Teacher Primary Division

Sep 2014 - May 2015
American Ballet Theatre JKO School

Assistant Ballet teacher and choreographer for the Primary Division at the pre-professional school associated with American Ballet Theatre. Taught ABT"s National Training Curriculum to dancers ages 3-8.

Dance Critic and Administrative Intern

Nov 2008 - Jun 2013
Eye on the Arts

Reviewed dance and theater performances to be published in the online journal

Administrative and organizational responsibilities at this non-profit organization

Worked closely with director Celia Ipiotis to archive the extensive collection of performance arts materials to submit to the Library of Congress

Teaching Artist

Sep 2012 - Feb 2013
New York City Dance Arts

Intermediate and beginning ballet teacher for teens and adults in a classroom setting.

Daily class preparation to progress students through a syllabus, as well as administrative responsibilities for the company

Apprentice Dancer

Jul 2010 - May 2011
Richmond Ballet

Performed works by George Balanchine, Stoner Winslett, and Malcolm Burn, among others

Danced soloist role in The Nutcracker, set by Stoner Winslett, reviewed by Alastair Macaulay for the New York Times

Apprentice Dancer

Aug 2009 - May 2010
North Carolina Dance Theater

Performed works by George Balanchine, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Dwight Rhoden and others

Teacher and Choreographer

Aug 2007 - Aug 2007
Walnut Hill Youth Summer Dance

Ballet teacher for dancers ages 10 to 13

Choreographed and taught an original ballet piece for a group of intermediate students for the end of program performance


BFA in Dance

Sep 2011 - May 2014
New York University Tisch School of the Arts

BA in French

Sep 2011 - May 2014
New York University College of Arts and Sciences

Languages Spoken


Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


BFA in Dance

May 2014
New York University Tisch School of the Arts

Undergraduate degree in dance performance and composition. Graduated with a 4.0 GPA

BA in French

May 2014
New York University


Prix d'Excellence

May 2014
New York University French Department

Dean's Honor List

May 2014
New York University

Book Award

May 2013
New York University French Department


American Ballet Theatre

Sep 2014

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7 Reviews on Elizabeth S.

Edyta and Marta Aug 8, 2016
Ballet · In studio
Elizabeth is a really committed teacher.She is very patient,knowledgeable and she cares about her students progress by correcting every mistake.The lessons with her are challenging and well organized and after every lesson you know that you worked hard. She helps you develop your abilities in dancing and motivates you to grow.
Yitong Y. Jul 15, 2016
Ballet · In studio
Verified Student
Elizabeth is very attentive of your individual needs. I take her class when I feel I hit enough walls from the public classes I'm taking and need someone experienced to guide me personally and answer all the confusions I have. She helped me find my proper hip move and body alignment for my pirouette and also helped me get started on pointe work. I'm now accessed and approved by the Joffery ballet school teacher to join its beginner pointe class, which I'm really excited about.
Lauren J. Jun 9, 2015
Ballet · In studio
Verified Student
Eliza is an absolutely amazing ballet teacher! I've worked with her for the past several months and have gone from the most basic of beginners (no previous dance experience at all!) to being able to leap and chasse and feel like a ballerina! She is extremely knowledgeable and patient, and has a great way of communicating techniques and concepts. Her lessons are fun and challenging, a great mix of reinforcing technique and learning new skills. The studio space is fabulous too - very comfortable and lots of room. Highly recommend her for any type of ballet lessons!
Phoebe C. Feb 19, 2015
Ballet · In studio
Verified Student
Ballet classes with Elizabeth are both fun and challenging.

The way she explains things are great. I have learned several new things about ballet and my own foundation by only a few lessons.

I highly recommend her private ballet classes.
Nicole B. Nov 2, 2014
Ballet · In studio
Eliza is a wonderful, knowledgeable, and patient ballet teacher. She has taught company class for my professional ballet company, and was well received by the other dancers. Her classes are technical and she adapts to the level of dancers in the studio. I would highly recommend Eliza for a ballet teacher in a private or group setting.
Kati L. Sep 29, 2014
Ballet · In studio
Verified Student
I have trained ballet at different studios and with different teaches for the past few years, until I finally met Elizabeth. She is an amazing dancer, with plenty of knowledge and experience.

I truly enjoy her classes, which are very demanding, fun and helpful. Elizabeth is an incredible hands-on teacher, who breaks down techniques and movements in a very granular and understandable way.

Elizabeth helped me discover things about my body and ballet techniques in a way that no other teacher has done in the past.

After only a few classes with her, I was able to finally understand and perform techniques that had always appeared difficult to me, such as executing double pirouettes. Now I can finally do it and I’m thrilled about it!

I cannot express all my gratitude to Elizabeth. I highly recommend her classes if you are really interested in mastering the fundamentals of ballet.
Iris A. Sep 4, 2014
Verified Student
I am so glad that I found Elizabeth as an instructor. She is very knowledgeable, has great technique, and is extremely fun to work with.

As an adult beginner, I found some of the ballet classes in the city very intimidating. I decided to sign up and take ballet lessons with Elizabeth and she has really helped me to improve form, flexibility, and working knowledge of the different ballet terms.

Here are some of the traits in her instruction which I really find helpful:

Patience - Elizabeth is extremely patient and will spend the time to make sure you understand concepts and technique. It's so refreshing to see how positive she is and it makes me only want to work even harder. Also, she is always making sure you are doing things to prevent injury.

Knowledge / Technique - Elizabeth is a great dancer. She is very knowledgeable of the French terms used in ballet as well as very technical in terms of form. She gives positive corrections and will usually help guide you through the different combinations. In addition, she will ask to make sure you are comfortable before moving onto something new. This goes back to her patience and her goal of really making sure you understand everything.

FUN! - Elizabeth is so fun! Time flies by so fast in this class. I almost can't get enough! It's also great because she dances with you and works with you through some of the combinations. Again, she's super positive so I'm really comfortable working with her and asking for clarification.

Fitness - It's really important that people practice what they preach and Elizabeth is no exception. She's very fit as a dancer and you can tell this is what she has been doing for a long time. It's also really great motivation to see how strong she is!

Comfort - I think something that is often overlooked in terms of instruction is actually how comfortable you feel in the class and with the instructor. Her private lessons are really tailored to you and she will work with you through whatever goals you would like.

Overall five stars! Since taking private lessons with her, I really can't think of a better person to work with since she is extremely fun, helpful, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend her to someone who really wants to learn ballet or someone who is already a dancer but wants to improve their technique.
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