International Ballet Academy is pleased to feature Eliza Burdette in its Student Spotlight for February 2018. Eliza was selected by the IBA directors for her work ethic, spirit of teamwork, and for being a role model for her fellow students. “She takes everything seriously,” says Artistic Director Vlada Kysselova. Executive Director Lena Forster says that Eliza “is a very hard worker. She is always friendly to everyone around her.”
Eliza began her study of dance at age 7 at International Ballet Academy training with Vlada Kysselova, Victoria Yanchuck, Irina Ushakova, Lena Forster, Alexander Tressor, Liz Blackwood, Juliana Jordan, Gordon Owens, and others. In 2015 Eliza was invited into the International Ballet Company Trainee Program and is now in her second season with the Junior Company. She has danced in International Ballet's The Nutcracker as Snow, Waltz of the Flowers, Spanish Coda, Party Boy, Cupid, Big Mouse, Soldier, and Angel; and in other IB mainstage performances, such as in the Neapolitan Dance from Swan Lake, Act III in the “Fairy Corps” from The Sleeping Beauty, in “Jumpè” and “Parrot Dance” from La Bayadere, in Juliana Jordan’s Biography, and in Alexander Tressor’s Four Seasonings: Spring. Eliza has participated in several IB community performances, including Storytime Ballet at the Greenville County Library, the Rock House Antiques Holiday Open House, the IB Nutcracker Tea, and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce holiday event. Eliza also performed in several productions of the International Ballet Academy Studio Performance Group, in which she danced the title role in the group’s version of Cinderella. Eliza will perform in the Mazurka, Waltz of the Hours, and Czardas dances in International Ballet’s Coppélia in April 2018 at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre.
Eliza has attended IBA's Summer Intensive, and she has been accepted to summer programs at Cincinnati Ballet and the Kirov Academy of Ballet. She is a member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, IBA Chapter, and has volunteered at Artisphere. She is a 9th grade homeschooled student and the daughter of Barry and Beth Burdette of Greenville.
Photo by Jerry Finley Photography