Elizabeth Hartwell

Ballet Mistress

In 2019, Elizabeth Hartwell earned a MFA degree in Choreography from Jacksonville University after she received a BA in Dance Instruction from Northeastern Illinois University in 2017. During this period, Elizabeth choreographed three musical productions (including Cabaret and Fun Home) and taught a major level course on movement for theatre at Central Methodist University. From 2008 to 2017, Elizabeth was a fulltime instructor for the BFA in Dance degree program at Stephens College. In 2015, Hartwell became the program coordinator for the three-year dance degree program and artistic director of the Stephens Summer Dance Intensive semester. Prior experiences in the professional dance industry include her long association with the Louisville Ballet. Hartwell worked as a company dancer for nearly two decades and then held educational and leadership roles, as their school and outreach director and as the artistic director of the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, an honor company with the nationally affiliated Southeastern Regional Ballet Association. Elizabeth worked with young artists as a faculty member of the Kentucky Governor’s School from 1996 to 2004.

Elizabeth has had the honor of receiving the 2004 Kentucky Artist of the Year Award for her lifetime achievements as a principal dancer with the Louisville Ballet. Early in her performing career, Elizabeth was a member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet, and the Ruth Page Chicago Ballet companies. Elizabeth was a soloist dancer with the Cincinnati Opera from 1987 to 1995. More recently, she worked with Eric Franklin while completing her teacher training courses in the Franklin Method, an imagery-based movement technique. Her life is beautifully enriched by teaching company class for the professional artists of the Mareck Center for Dance.