Elizabeth Prather

ElizabethElizabeth Prather (Assistant Director):

Elizabeth is originally from Chicago, Illinois, where she began her dance studies at the age of 12. The American Dance Center introduced her to a variety of different dance styles, including ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap. She continued her formal training at the Ellis-DuBoulay School of Ballet with Richard Ellis and tap with Lou Conte. Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College Chicago, where she majored in dance performance and choreography. She has had the opportunity to perform the works of Tim O’Slynne, Loretta Livingston, Jan Erkert, Clay Telliafaro, Ohad Naharin and Bob Eisen. She won a first place in the modern dance division at the American College Dance Festival and danced professionally with the Chicago Dance Medium.

Prior to settling in Red Lodge, Montana, Elizabeth was a member of the Three Rivers Dance Company in Jackson, Wyoming. For 7 years she was a featured performer, choreographer and costume mistress for the company as well as teaching for Dancers’ Workshop Children’s School. Three Rivers Dance Co. toured extensively throughout the western region providing lecture-demonstrations and master classes to more than 50 communities. They have performed with the Cheyenne Symphony and the Jackson Hole Music Festival as well as collaborating with many visual artists around the region.  Elizabeth was also a returning guest choreographer for the “Arts On The Hill” summer dance program in Jackson Hole.

Now in Montana, Elizabeth’s focus is on teaching children classical ballet and modern dance.  She believes in promoting a strong technical base for all forms of dance as well as providing experiences for self expression through dance.  Elizabeth is a member of the Montana Dance Arts Association and is currently board treasurer.